|Edwin Avendale Keasler, son of Walker and Emma Jane Keasler, was born in Marshall, Texas, May 2, 1904.
His formal education consisted of two years study at East Texas Baptist College followed by the granting of his B. A. Degree in 1938 and his B. D. Degree from Bethel College, McKenzie, Tennessee.
In April, 1935, Reverend Keasler was licensed to preach, and in January 1940, he was ordained by the East Texas Presbytery.
Five years later, after a renewal of vows, he was transferred into the Louisiana Methodist Conference and assumed his duties as Minister at the Clay-Ansley Church.
For a period of twenty-four successive years, he continued his ministerial work at nine different charges, namely: Heflin-Brushwood; Angie-Varnado-Columbia St.; Glenmora; Trout-Eden; Montgomery-St. Maurice; Campti; Greenburg; Ida-Hosston, and Mooringsport.
Reverend Keasler retired from his Mooringsport Charge in 1969, and he and his wife, Pearl Everett Keasler, returned to their family home in Longview, Texas.
Mooringsport again became their home in 1976 and here he remained for a period of several years.
On December 30, 1980, Reverend Keasler was called to his Eternal Home. Services, conducted by Reverend Byrd Terry, were held in McGuire Funeral Home in Vivian, Louisiana, with interment in Fairview Cemetery, Marshall, Texas.
This man of God, because of dedication and commitment to his calling, established deep and lasting friendships. His Church families, as well as numerous friends, never ceased to admire him for his gentleness, his sincerity, and strong family ties. Not one to compromise his principles, he consistently preached what he believed and he influenced many to become followers of the Lord Jesus Christ. His contributions to the Methodist Church and to the Louisiana Methodist Conference in general were invaluable, and numerous lives were enriched for having had Reverend Keasler as their minister and friend.
|Source: Journal Louisiana Conference, 1981, p. 173 By Byrd Terry|