|Rev. Tooke’s first appointment was at Pearl River, Louisiana, where he was in charge of five churches. Other Louisiana churches which he served as pastor include: Munholland (Metairie), LaPlace, Aldersgate, Lake Vista, Harahan (now St. Paul), Canal Street (New Or-leans), Arcadia, Mt. Mariah, Reville (Monroe), St. Mark’s (Monroe), Grayson-Kelly Charge, Harmony Chapel, Lisbon, Arizona, Quitman, Faith, Clay, Simsboro, Salem, Antioch, Bernice, Beech Grove, Summerfield, Pine Grove, and Bethlehem. In 1972 he was named Pastor Emeritus of the Arcadia church.
He served as District Superintendent of the Lake Charles District, Conference Direc-tor of Stewardship Promotion for seven years, and worked as Director of the Church Extension Section of the General Board of Missions, based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and later in New York City.
A nationally-recognized expert in church finance, Rev. Tooke assisted countless churches in Louisiana and throughout the United States in building projects, tithing programs, and other stewardship endeavors. In the aftermath of Hurricane Betsy in 1967, he personally distributed more that $1,250,000 to Methodist churches that were destroyed or damaged in the storm.
In 1943, Rev. Tooke married Mary Francis Fairchild, who was then serving as a Missionary Deaconess at St. Mark’s Church in New Orleans. He is survived by Mrs. Tooke and their two daughters, Mary Tooke Kitchens of Crystal Springs, Mississippi, and Ruth Tooke Wil-kinson of Brandon, Mississippi, and a sister, Susie Tooke Young of New Iberia, Louisiana. The Tookes’ son, John Karl, was killed in 1967 while serving in the U.S. Marine Corps in Vietnam.
The Tookes had moved to Mississippi in the mid-1980’s to be near their daughters and their eight grandchildren. Mrs. Tooke now resides with her daughter, Mary.
Rev. Tooke was laid to rest beside his son in Arcadia, Louisiana.
|Source: Journal Louisiana Conference, 1999; p. 269 By Mary Tooke Kitchens|