|Sometimes God calls the brilliant, the gifted and talented. He also calls the gentle, the kind, the compassionate. When He calls, He often selects someone to help complete that call. So in the case of Clarence (“Bud” as he was called) White, D. B. Boddie was the agency by which God accomplished His purpose.
In the early 1920s, Brother Boddie went to the little Methodist Church in Glenmora. There he found a fine and most sincere boy who wanted to preach. Under the influence of this lifelong friend the boy was able to become a member of the Louisiana Conference. In 1927, he was admitted on trial and in that same year was married to Verda Houston. This marriage was blessed with two children, Virginia Rose and James Clarence.
Bud White served churches including Marksville, Wisner, and Hodge. But he was being saved for a special ministry. In 1937, he succeeded Rev. R. W. Vaughn, who had served the Louisiana Methodist Orphanage for many years and had built a great institution. It would be difficult for anyone to follow his great leadership. But Bud would be able to do this. Kind, gentle, and compassionate, he served this work for 32 years. Under his leadership it changed from Louisiana Methodist Orphanage to Louisiana Methodist Children’s Home, and the nature of the work changed even more. From ministering to children who had no parents, they began working with children who had parents, but who had no use for them. These parents had separated, remarried, and had other families of children. It created boys and girls with problems so deep it required endless patience and love. Bud was wonderfully suited to do this work by disposition and per-sonality. He continued to serve the Louisiana Methodist Children’s Home for 32 years.
A few years before retirement, he took a church again, the Colfax Charge. After a couple of years he retired and went back to the area from which his wife had come. Following her death, he spent most of his time at his camp on the lake. It was here, and in seemingly good health, that the angels overtook him and he departed this life.
His children had two services for him. He had been a faithful member of the Cooley Church and had many friends there. It also made it possible for many of his preacher friends to attend services. He was buried alongside his dear wife in the Hopewell Church Cemetery after a second service there.
Bud was the gentlest of men, and will be long remembered by his friends in and out of the ministry.
|Source: Journal Louisiana Conference, 1990; p. 236…………By Jolly B. Harper|