|“I greet the dawn and not a setting sun” may well describe the attitude of this stalwart of the Louisiana Conference toward life and death. Ellis C. Slater, a worthy scion of a noble sire was faithful to his calling to serve the United Methodist Church. He was born into the union of John and Cynthia Slater, one of three sons.
He completed elementary and secondary education on the public schools of Louisiana, and attended Southern University and Dillard University.
He married Mrs. Thelma LaPouit Slater who preceded him in death. For several years he served his country as a soldier—in the U. S. Army.
Ellis’ first love was the church. In 1949 he responded to the call of God and embarked upon a ministry of service in the Louisiana Annual Conference. From 1949 until May 1971, when he was forced to take a disability leave, he served churches across the state, from Bastrop to New Orleans. He accepted each assignment with faith in God and compassion in his heart for the flock that he pastured.
Although ill health forced Ellis into early retirement in 1974, after 25 years of service, he still found time to assist the active pastors. He was a tremendous help to me when, on many occasions he would come up to me, though ill himself, and say, “Is there anything you want me to do today?”
On Saturday, February 3, 1979, Ellis Slater answered God’s summons to come home, and this servant of God moved on to his great reward on the other side of this life.
He is survived by two brothers, Harold L. Slater and Herman A. Slater.
|Source: Journal Louisiana Conference, 1979, p. 182 By Abraham E. Davis|