|Luther A Bodie was born October 29, 1905 and died June 24, 1985. He received his education in several schools including Westminister Theological Seminary and Northwestern State College, where he received his A.B. degree. In 1927 he was licensed to preach and ordained elder in 1933.
Brother Bodie served churches in Texas, Arkansas, and Louisiana. After 27 years of service, he retired because of ill health and a voice problem.
He was a lover of poetry, have had several poems published in priodicals. He then published a book of poetry entitled, “ Christ Statue and Other Poems.” The following poem is one he wrote about his early retirement. I personally can identify with him after having to retire ear1y because of a voice problem.
RETIRED AT FORTY—NINE
I didn’t know it would happen to me
Although my goal was set afar,
At forty-nine I should have been strong,
For years I yearned to reach my goal;
From childhood I enjoyed singing a song;
Because of the trouble with my voice,
Brother Bodie was preceded in death by his wife, Elah Shows Bodie and is survived by one son, L. Wendell Bodie of Baton Rouge.
|Source: Journal Louisiana Conference, 1986; p. 270 By Carey A. Martin|