|“Bro,” as he was so often called, was laid to rest on Tuesday, March 27, 1990. The Thibodaux community grieved the death of my father. He served as an educator, a minister, and as Chairman of the Thibodaux Housing Authority in the area where he was born. The city named a street after him in West Thibodaux in honor of his contributions.
Dad attended high school in New Orleans because there was no area high school for blacks at that time. He was educated at Xavier University, USC, LSU, and Nicholls State University. He also served in the United States Army on the European and Pacific fronts and in the Korean Conflict.
Reverend Streams was principal of the Greenwood Middle School in Thibodaux for 22 years. Following his ordination in 1952, he also served the Mount Vernon, Walmsley, Trinity, Winan, Calvary and Magnolia United Methodist Churches.
Daddy started every day by giving thanks to the Lord. At his retirement after 33 years as a minister, he said, “I shall never give up trying to win souls for Christ. I will live so that everyone who sees me will say, ‘that is a child of the kingdom.’”
Our family wishes to express our special appreciation to Reverend Louis Augustine, pastor of the Calvary/Magnolia charge; Dr. Kirby Vining, Acadiana District Superintendent; and Reverend Thomas Howe, pastor of First Methodist in Thibodaux, for their warm words of condolence at the funeral service.
Dad preached about hearing his Master say, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant.” I am confident that he heard those words as he entered into the joy of the Lord when he died on March 21, 1990.
|Source: Journal Louisiana Conference, 1990; p. 233…………..By Gwen Streams-Jackson|