|John Franklin Kellogg, III, was born in San Jose, California, February 27, 1912, the son of the Reverend Mr. Jon Franklin Kellogg, Jr., and Stella Pineo Kellogg. He spent much his early life in California, where he graduated from the University of California (B. S. degree), and entered his chosen vocation of forestry, working for the forestry service of the United States Government. In this work he was transferred from time to time to different forestry service headquarters in various states. In April of 1936 he was transferred to Louisiana. Later he withdrew from the United States service and became an independent forestry consultant.
Soon after moving to Louisiana he married Naomi Lucille Cory, June 26, 1938. To their marriage were born two daughters and two sons. They are Ileen K. Thompson, Tioga, La.; Jonelle K. Walker, Jena, La.; Dr. George W. Kellogg, Monterrey, Cal.; Dr. Frederic R. Kellogg, Emory and Henry College, Emory, Va.
While continuing in his vocation as forestry consultant, John became active as a Lay Speaker and served from time to time as assistant to the pastor in small, needy churches. It was while serving in this capacity that he felt he should give his full time to the ministry. In June of 1951 he was admitted on trial into the Louisiana Conference; he was ordained Deacon in 1953, and ordained Elder in 1955.
Because of poor health and failing eyesight, on advice from his doctor, he was granted disability retirement in June of 1968. However, as health permitted, he continued to do supply work in churches near his home in Bentley. At the session of the Annual Conference in June of 1976 he was given an appointment to the Epps charge. He looked forward with great anticipation to assuming full time responsibilities in his new appointment. However, his health failed him and on Tuesday, June 8, he was rushed to the Rapides General Hospital in Alexandria. He died that evening at the age of 64. Interment was in Forest Lawn Memorial Park. He is survived by his wife and children.
John Kellogg was a devoted husband and father. His call was to the ministry to small and needy churches. He, therefore, accepted gladly whatever appointment he was given and he gave his best effort to every appointment. He was a good organizer and builder. Because of his zeal for God and his dedicated ministry, more than a score of churches were strengthened in mission by his strong leadership and the spiritual impact of one of the finest men to grace the ministry of the Louisiana Annual Conference. Even in death he retained the appearance of determined strength, giving occasion to the officiating minister’s remark: “Even in death he looks as though he is in complete charge.” Indeed, John Kellogg was a good man and full of the Holy Spirit.
|Source: Journal Louisiana Conference 1977, p. 169 By Fred S. Flurry|