|Fred Mead was born in Bearden, Arkansas on October 23, 1913, to William and Mable Mead. Fred graduated from high school in Bearden, where he lived until he entered military service in the call to arms for World War II.
Fred married Margaret Proffitt on July 24, 1942. Margaret and Fred have two children, F. Holt Mead and his wife, Susan, and Wrenette Whartonby and her husband, Allen. The Meads have two grandchildren, Matthew and Kyle Mead.
Bro. Fred and Margaret began their ministry in Kingsland, Arkansas. They served there until their transfer into the Louisiana Conference, where their first appointment was to Downsville. Fred served nine appointments in the Louisiana Conference before they moved to Hodge, where they served until retirement. Margaret and Fred spent most of their retirement years in Jonesboro, Louisiana until failing health forced them to move to Bedford, Texas, to be closer to their family.
Bro. Mead was a voracious reader. His love for books was obvious. His daughter, Wrenette, is a librarian. He was extremely proud of the fact that he was able to get any great theological or literary work he wanted through his “inside connection” with a librarian in the family. I envy his library. His favorite author/preacher was Dr. Harry Emerson Fosdick.
Fred Mead was a slow talking country pastor who preached a message filled with God’s grace. He shared repeatedly the story of God’s infinite love for God’s creation. He reminded his congregations, Sunday after Sunday, of the importance of faith in walking with their Heavenly Father. He regularly painted a picture of God is his sermons using the vibrant colors and broad strokes of love, mercy, grace and care.
Rev. Frederick Anthony Mead went to be with his Heavenly Father on December 1, 1996.
“And I heard a loud voice from the throne, saying, ‘Behold, the tabernacle of God is among men, and he shall dwell among them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself shall be among them, and He shall wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there shall no longer be any death…Behold, I am making all things new.’”
|Source: Journal Louisiana Conference, 1997; p. 266 By David Dietzel|