EUGENE A. BROWN
July 16, 1904 – January 30, 1986
A small pickup truck with canopy and appropriate seating for a number of children, youth and/or adults, sped from the city limits to the rustic setting of the church. The chauffeur and travel guide was Rev. Eugene A. Brown, concerned parent, devoted steward and serious soldier for Christ. So vividly these trips are remembered and the author thereof.
He was born on July 16, 1904, in Bossier Parish, LA, to Jimmie and Cotelleur Brown. He received his early education in Bossier Schools. He departed this life on January 30, 1986, at the LSU Medical Center in Shreveport after a lengthy illness.
Between the above dates Pastor Brown learned to live according to his means, but to do so to the fullest extent possible. When speaking of a hobby, he claimed the title of “Experienced Fisherman.”
When having Communion at home, not long before his death, he was asked to share in a song, if possible, with us. Immediately, he burst forth with:
A charge to keep I have,
A God to glorify;
A never dying soul to save
And fit it for the sky;
To serve this present age,
My calling to fulfill….
Such was his motto and relationship to Christ.
In the late 40’s he accepted the call to Representative Ministry and his appointments included Pastoral Charges in Caddo, Bossier, Red River and Natchitoches Parishes. Among the churches he served were St. Paul, Corinth, Immanuel, Mt. Zion, Robinson Chapel, Fairview, New Light, McDonald and Daniel Chapel.
He made wonderful contributions to the lives of those he touched. He was in the Retired Relationship to the Louisiana Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church.
Memorial services were held at Mt. Zion, Vanceville, LA, with the Pastor officiating and eulogies given by Dr. W. Odell Simmons, District Superintendent, Shreveport district and friends of the clergy.
He leaves to cherish his memory his former wife, Mrs. Eddie L. Brown of Shreveport, LA, one brother, A. L. Johnson, Sr., four sons, Joseph E. Brown, Mack H., Athalee and James C., four daughters, Carrie M. Manson, Evelyn Goines, Emogene Lewis and Mamie Little, twenty-seven grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren and many other relatives and friends.
Thank God for the time he shared with us.
Source: Louisiana Conference Journal 1986; p. 272 Rev. Levi Moore
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