|The Reverend Cyprian Barze, Jr. was born in Tangipahoa Parish in January 1887 to Hedy Braxton and Cyprian Barze, Sr. At an early age Cyprian Barze found himself in New Orleans after marrying Teresa Baham of Madisonville. To this union were born two daughters, Laverne and Octavia, both of whom were endowed with distinctive musical talent.
A business man, Reverend Barze either worked in or operated a barbershop in San Antonio, Texas and New Orleans, Louisiana for over 50 years combined. His clientele always included the resident bishop, editor of the Christian Advocate and most of the other Methodist clergy in the general vicinity as well as a large number of the laity.
Having studied through the evening adult classes at McDonough 35 High School, he completed the Courses of Study work at Gulfside Assembly, Waveland, Mississippi in 1941 when as a local preacher he became a Deacon in that year at Conference. He became an Elder in 1949. He served for 17 ½ years until 1962 when terminal blindness caused him to accept retirement.
His most enjoyable and helpful pastorate was the Ray Avenue Church in New Orleans.
He passed away on September 22, 1980, the funeral having been held from his long-time favorite church, Wesley, where some members of the family are still to be found.
|Source: Journal Louisiana Conference, 1981, p. 169 By Robert F. Harrington|