Francis, Eddie


…for who can mind the journey when
the road leads home?

Eddie Francis, son of the late Andrew and Emma Francis, was born on September 15, 1929, in Welsh, Louisiana. He began his ministry in 1978 with an appointment at St. Peter United Methodist Church in Jeanerette, Louisiana. During a period extending some seventeen years, Rev. Francis served several churches. Coming full circle, he was again appointed to St. Peter United Methodist Church where he retired. Following retirement, he served as interim pastor at Jones United Methodist Church in Welsh, Louisiana, and at Mallalieu United Methodist Church in Jennings, Louisiana.
Through his years of ministry, he was known as a man who generated a spirit of peace. He was active in his community and served as a board member of the Jennings Housing Authority. He was an upholstery worker and a retired bus driver with the Jefferson Davis parish School Board. Additionally he served in the United States Army and was a veteran of the Korean War.
God’s angel took him home from Jennings, Louisiana, where he had been living, on September 8, 1996. Reverend Francis was preceded in death by his wife, Gertrude Pouchie Francis, five brothers, and two sisters. He is survived by two daughters, one adopted son, four grandchildren, four brothers, three sisters, five step-grandchildren, and six great grandchildren.

Source: Journal Louisiana Conference, 1997; p. 264 By Marvette J. Thomas

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