|David Strozier was born on May 28, 1924. His funeral service was conducted on October 15, 1989. In the sixty-five years between those two dates, he did more living than many have done in far more allotted years.
“An elderly man gave his service to his local church as custodian. In his yard at home he cultivated beautiful roses, which he shared continually with the many friends and neighbors in the community. On one occasion he was hospitalized and kept his room filled with roses from his garden. Church friends went to visit him, and on arriving at his room found that he hack been dismissed to go home. A nurse in the vacant room said to them, ‘He has gone home, but look, he left his roses for us!’” That observation seems most appropriate for David…he has gone home, but he has left his roses for us in a great bouquet.
There is the lovely rose of his love for his family. He met and married Elaine White in a small community in Winn Parish. Their home was blessed with a daughter and three sons, seven grandchildren and an underlying love that transcended the routine tensions and disagreements in a normal family circle. The bouquet bequeathed includes the fragrant flower of his sense of humor. David had a deep, throaty chuckle that responded to a story shared or an experience understood in a way to bring real joy to all who were fortunate enough to share it with him. He had the ability to see humor in and get a smile from even a sometimes-difficult situation.
David’s roses stood on sturdy stems of deep joy in God’s world. He had a keen appreciation for the beauty of nature and found happy satisfaction in planning and developing his retirement home, his catfish pond and every foot of land attached thereto. He could breathe in the very spirit of the Creator in the clean air of a forest or the neat rows of a vegetable garden.
A rose that blossomed in progressive glory was in his professional service. David was born into a family with deep roots in Methodist belief and ministry. His own account was that he answered late an early call to ministry. Under the pastoral guidance of the Reverend Cecil Mims, David became a Methodist minister in 1962 at the age of 38 years. His first appointment was to the Little Creek-Union Charge in the Monroe District, and for the next 24 years he served faithfully in pastorates in the Monroe, Lake Charles, Lafayette and Shreveport Districts. His re-tirement in 1986 concluded his active Conference relationship, but his ministry was pursued in every available way until his death three and a half years later.
The most radiant rose in this memorial garden is the unfailing faith with which David Strozier lived and died. It was my honor and privilege to call him colleague and friend, and I cherish the fact that my last contacts with him in this life were in the Olla United Methodist Church and parsonage. During my preaching of revival services there, David and Elaine came to worship and to visit, and as I said to him then, I say once again: “So long, David; I’ll see you later.” He has gone home now, but he left his roses for us.
|Source: Journal Louisiana Conference, 1990; p. 234…………..By Douglas L. McGuire|