|LeDeal M. Sloane was born in Ulm, Arkansas, October 7, 1910 and died at her home in Shreveport March 14, 1998. She was reared in Little Rock, Arkansas and was active in the First Methodist Church of that city. She met and married Bentley Sloane while he was Associate Minister in the Little Rock Methodist Church. The two were married 65 years when she died after an extended illness.
Two children were born to their union, Mrs. Suzanne Stokely, Shreveport, Louisiana and Mrs. Sara Wilder, Dallas, Texas.
A celebration of life service for Mrs. Sloane was held in the First United Methodist Church of Shreveport with Dr. Pat Day in charge assisted by Rev. William Mayo, Associate Minister.
LeDeal Sloane was very active in all phases of church activities and was a dedicated worker with children in the Sunday School. She was also an active participant in women’s work. Mrs. Sloane was also a creative artist and created pictures of rare beauty with pressed flowers and leaves collected from various parts of the country. She was well known for her outgoing personality and assisted her minister husband in every appointment he served. While in the Baton Rouge District she worked diligently with the wives of the pastors. Her deep Christian faith was outstanding and sustained her during her years of suffering from a stroke.
The Methodist appointments she and her husband filled during his active ministry were Minister of Education, Boston Avenue Methodist Church of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Minister of Education, First Methodist Church, Shreveport, Louisiana, First Church, Vivian, Louisiana, Executive Secretary of the Conference Board of Education, Superintendent of the Baton Rouge District and pastor of the First United Methodist Church, Alexandria, Louisiana.
As a tribute to her glorious Christian life, verses from the 31st Chapter of Proverbs were read in the service:
“A good wife who can find?
She is far more precious than jewels.
The heart of her husband trusts in her,
and he will have no lack of gain.
Her lamp does not go out at night.
She opens her hand to the poor,
and reaches out her hands to the needy.
She opens her mouth with wisdom,
and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.
Her children rise up and call her blessed;
her husband also, and he praises her.
Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain,
but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.
Give her the fruit of her hands,
and let her works praise her in the gates.”
|Source: Journal Louisiana Conference, 1998; p. 2450 By Rev. Bentley Sloane|