|Benedict was born in New Orleans, Louisiana and spent his eighty-three years in the Louisiana Annual Conference. He was a graduate of LSU, Duke Divinity School and with an honorary Doctor of Divinity from Centenary College where he was a life member of the Board of Trustees.
He was the founding minister of the Reily Memorial University Church in Baton Rouge in 1941, and then served in Zachary, Franklinton, Natchitoches, Houma, Rayne Memorial in New Orleans, District Superintendent of New Orleans District, Noel Shreveport, and Lake Charles First. After forty-two years full time, he served Ellerbe Road, Shreveport and Associate, Broadmoor, Shreveport in retirement. He was an excellent preacher, teacher and pastor, visiting in homes, places of business and hospitals (even Sunday afternoons). He left every church he served stronger in spirit and membership.
Benedict was elected to the General and Jurisdictional Conferences several times, chaired the Conference Board of Trustees many years, was a member of the Board of Directors of Methodist Home Hospital and other Conference responsibilities. He was a diligent, dependable, untiring, compassionate shepherd of the flock.
He and Eloise were married for 59 years and their daughters are Margaret Stem and husband, Albert of Virginia; Katherine Turner and husband, John of Shreveport; grandchildren, Margaret Turner Brasuell, Ben and Eric Stem; great-grandsons Clay and Brandon Brasuell and great granddaughter, Shelby Brasuell. This was and is a loving, close-knit family.
He did his own yard work, including plants and flowers. He had one of the finest stamp collections in the state and played a good game of golf. He was always a serious-minded competitive person, but in his last few years three laymen helped him move to the fun side of the game (his frowns turned to smiles).
The Louisiana Annual Conference has lost one of its finest leaders and as individuals we have lost a man who “sticks closer than a brother.” We are grateful to God for letting him live among us and bless us for over three quarters of a century.
The family chose I Corinthians 2:2, “For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified,” as the one verse of scripture that best identifies Benedict’s devotion to Christ and His Church.
|Source: Journal Louisiana Conference, p. 251 By George Pearce|