|Garland C. Dean, Jr. was born September 20, 1922 at Fairmont, Louisiana near Colfax. He grew up there on a farm. He felt a special call to serve Christ at an early age, organizing a prayer group when he was a freshman at LSU. He attended Duke University and graduated from Milsaps College. He received his Graduate Divinity Degree from Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University in 1950. That same year Garland married Gladys Crow Creed, who was his devoted wife for forty-seven years.
Garland became a probationary member of the Louisiana Conference in 1945, serving as pastor at Marksville. The first congregation he served as a full member of the Conference was in 1950 at Caddo Heights, Shreveport. His ministry carried him to every corner of the state, including this term as Associate Director of the Program Council for the Annual Conference from 1968 to 1972. He retired in 1985 from the Memorial Church at Bastrop.
From 1989 to 1995 he served effectively and with much grace as retired associate minister of Noel Memorial Church, Shreveport. The Staff Parish Relations Committee honored him with a Resolution of Appreciation in 1992 thanking him for his “special ministering care” toward the Noel congregation. Garland died November 18, 1997 at Schumpert Medical Center following a brief illness. His funeral service was held at Noel Memorial Church, with internment at Colfax, Garland’s hometown.
I write this memoir with a grateful heart, not only out of respect for my ministerial colleague but also with deep affection and esteem for Garland as a friend. His work at Noel represented something true about his whole life: faithfulness to Christ and effectiveness as to the quality of his labors. For me he was a trusted, wise and valued advisor. And so I thank God for Garland’s abiding faith, his deep love for the church, and for his personal kindness and gentleness. So many of us have been touched by the grace of his good life, and for the conviction by which he lived, that God is forever and lovingly involved in our lives. He is survived by his devoted wife, Gladys, who lives in Shreveport.
|Source: Journal Louisiana Conference 1998, p. 246 By Dr. Grayson B. Watson|