|Martin David Felder was born to Maude and Otis D. Felder on September 13, 1914 in Acy, Louisiana. He was the youngest of their children. Dave graduated from Southeastern University with a BA degree in 1943. He married Jessie Pearl Stott on August 12, 1938. He began his Louisiana ministry at Holden, Louisiana. He served the following churches: Denham Springs, Pine Grove, Springfield, St. Francisville, Plain Dealing, Delhi, Gordon Avenue in Monroe, St. Mark's in New Orleans, Kenner, Franklinton, Winnsboro, Morningside in Shreveport, Trinity in Alexandria, and Cedar Grove in Shreveport. He and Jessie Pearl retired from Cedar Grove in 1979 and lived in their first real "home" in Shreveport. They became active participants in the Broadmoor United Methodist Church. Dave was co-teacher of the Men's Bible Class and served as pastoral minister to out of town patients at Schumpert Hospital. He also was a volunteer minister at Live Oak Retirement Community. He and Jessie Pearl moved to Live Oak in 1996, and he was a resident there for five and a half years.
Dave died July 20, 2002 at Willis Knighton Pierremont Hospital in Shreveport, Louisiana. He was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Jessie Pearl, grandson, Matthew Bruce Canfield, his parents, his brother, two sisters, and a niece. Daughters, Dorothy Marie Kimball and husband Thomas of Marrero, Louisiana, and Betty Lou Canfield and husband, Bruce of Shreveport, Louisiana, grandchildren, Amy Marie and Thomas David Kimball of Marrero, and Andrew Keast Canfield of Shreveport, survive him.
Dave believed in family and loved being together for the holidays. He enjoyed vacations to the mountains to see God's handiworks.
He was an avid LSU sports fan. He enjoyed listening to all the Tigers games and discussing the results with anyone.
As one of God's faithful servants, Dave dedicated his life to being a minister; nourishing and caring for each congregation he served. For forty years he was a kind shepherd spreading God's gospel.
His celebration of life service was held at Broadmoor Methodist Church in Shreveport. He is now with his Shepherd with brand new eyes. Thank you, God for blessing me with a father who touched many lives and remained strong in spite of his blindness. In closing, I'd like to share one of his favorite verses:
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will fear not, though the earth be moved, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea... God is in the midst of her, - she shall not be moved. Be still, and know that I am God! The Lord of hosts is with us, - the God of Jacob is our refuge.
Psalm 46: 1,2,5,10,11
I loved my father and miss him dearly,
|Source: Journal Louisiana Conference 2003 (Memoirs)|