|Oliver Clifton Stapleton was born on December 29, 1887, in a farming community in Mississippi. He worked on the family farm and helped his brothers and sisters complete their educations and establish their families and professions.
In 1928. at the age of 41, Clifton Stapleton answered the call to the ministry. He completed his own formal education and joined the Northwest Texas Conference on trial. He was received into full connection and ordained deacon in 1930. He received his elders orders in 1932.
Also in 1932, he visited his sister in Wyoming and met a schoolteacher from Boston, Ester Cutler. They were married May 17, 1932 and began a long and loving life and ministry together.
In 1943, the Stapletons transferred to the Louisiana Conference. While serving Waterproof Methodist Church in 1946, Rev. Stapleton’s health began to break, and he took the retired relationship in 1947.
The Stapletons returned to the family farm in Mississippi to care for his mother and several nieces and nephews. They later moved to Jacksonville Florida, for a while. In early 1982, the Stapletons moved to Live Oak Center in Shreveport. They united with Broadmoor United Methodist Single Class (The Bums).
In the early evening of Wednesday, May 21, the Stapletons had evening devotions, reciting together the 23rd Psalm and singing “Savior Like A Shepherd Lead Us”. Later in the evening, Rev. Richard Smith and Mrs. Stapleton were praying with him when he traveled through the door call death.
Funeral services were celebrated by Rev. Stapleton’s wife, nieces, nephews, and friends on May 24, 1986. Dr. Jay P. Irby, Rev. J. W. Matthews and Rev. Richard Smith led the service in Centuries Chapel and the interment was in the Centuries Cemetery of Shreveport.
|Source: Journal Louisiana Conference, 1986; p. 287-288 By Jay P. Irby and J. W. Matthews|