|On January 17, 1979, the transfer of membership was made for Rev. Ira L. Yeager from the Church militant to the Church triumphant. When this great servant of God, dedicated family man, happy Christian, good and creative churchman, sincere friend to countless people, went home to be with God, the Louisiana Conference of which he was a member for more than 59 years surrendered one of its most beloved members. As he walked among people bearing in his body the marks of the Lord Jesus Christ, people were born into the Kingdom of God; comforted in their sorrows; encouraged when they were discouraged; found strength in their weakness; challenged to press toward the mark of the high calling of God; in complete consecration and “second-blessing holiness” of life for one reason—they saw reflected in his life the image of the Christ, the Son of the living God. Wherever Bro. Yeager went, he endeared himself to people as he reflected the life of Jesus.
Some of his preaching appointments were Grayson, Kelly, Mt. Nebo, Luna, Chatham, Ansley, Downsville, and for twenty-six years graced the pulpit at Stone Avenue Methodist Church. He took the retired relationship in this church.
Those who knew Bro. Yeager knew him as a kind, gracious, and loving person. He was honest, sincere, and fair. He had a sound mind; his gifts were many and the spirit within him was full awake to the life about him. He was not known to give way to gloom and regrets, nor did he cast shadows across today with complaints about yesterday. His spiritual life was the result of a confident and abiding faith. He was a man of deep sympathy and loved little children—his ministry to children was outstanding. The gospel this great soldier of the cross preached was simple, straight-forward, Bible centered, Christ inspired.
Ira L. Yeager was known as “God’s Ambassador of love.” He served God on earth. Now he reigns triumphantly with him.
|Source: Journal Louisiana Conference, 1979, p. 183 By Lea Joyner|