|The Rev. Talmadge Eugene McElroy, III, was born on September 6, 1904 in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, to the marriage union of the late Rev. Talmadge Eugene McElroy, Jr. and Mrs. Lelie Ann Standez Sherrod McElroy.
He was an honor graduate of Eureka High School, Hattiesburg, Mississippi. He held a Bachelor of Arts degree from Williams College, Chicago, Illinois. Other higher education degrees were conferred on him from Central Alabama College, Birmingham, Alabama. He was also a graduate of Myers College of Mortuary Science, Springfield, Illinois. He served as Principal of Carrollton School, Mississippi.
He answered the “call” to the Christian Ministry in Lumberton, Mississippi and came to the Louisiana Conference of The Methodist Church in 1932 by request of the late Bishop Robert Elijah Jones.
Realizing that a fruitful and well-rounded ministry needs the love, patience, devotion, concern, understanding, and compassion of a dedicated Christian woman, Rev. McElroy chose as his wife the former Miss Eloise Daniels. They were united in Holy Matrimony on April 23, 1933. To their marriage union four children were born: three sons (now deceased) and one daughter, Mrs. Mattie Louise McElroy Brown, who now resides in Cleveland, Ohio. The McElroys boast and “brag” about their six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Reverend McElroy served more than 15 appointments during his more than 40 years of active ministry. He spoke often about serving at St. Mark in Opelousas where under his administration the church was built and paid for. He also held the distinction of serving as District Superintendent of the Franklin, Lake Charles, Shreveport, and New Iberia Districts.
Prior to merger of the former Conference “B” to the now United Methodist Church – Louisiana Conference, Reverend McElroy served with distinction as Chairman of the Board of Missions and the Board of Trustees of the Louisiana Annual Conference.
At the close of the 1976-77 Conference Year, Rev. McElroy retired and along with his lovely wife claimed Walmsley United Methodist Church in Morgan City.
As his pastor he shared with me some words of wisdom, which shall always remain with me. In Rev. McElroy’s final days his actions summed up his ministry in the words of a song:
Come thou fount of every blessing
Tune my heart to sing thy Grace;
Streams of mercy, never ceasing,
Calls for songs of loudest praise.
He was laid to rest on January 14, 1994 from Brooks United Methodist Church in New Orleans, Louisiana.
My thanks to Mrs. M. Mason Gordon, a family friend, and Mrs. Eloise McElroy, his devoted wife, for their contributions to this writing.
|Source: Journal Louisiana Conference 1994, p. 254 By Rev. Dan Washington, Jr.|