|Thomas H. Rowe, Sr. was born in Dublin, Georgia on November 13, 1903. He died December 5, 1976 in Shreveport, Louisiana. Brother Rowe gave nine years of his adult life to the ministry, serving Converse and Noble Methodist Churches one year and Cross Roads eight years. At the time of his death he was serving both Cross Roads and Holly Springs Churches. He was a retired lay pastor still serving the church he loved. As a layman, Tom combined a profitable business with a strong commitment to his home church, Park Avenue, and then Lakeview. His call to preach was a natural process for Tom because he had served as Lay Leader, Treasurer and as a trustee. He had the spiritual gifts and was a student of the Discipline.
On numerous occasions he filled the pulpit when the minister was ill. With a love for Christ, a knowledge of the church’s policy and a flaming desire for service in the kingdom, Brother Tom accepted an invitation as a lay pastor, fulfilling the disciplinary requirements by summer studies at Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University. His leadership was excellent, his people loved him, and they grew in wisdom and stature and in favor with God and men.
Brother Rowe is survived by his wife, Hettie, one son, T. H. Rowe, Jr., a daughter, Mrs. Hans Fuerhrer, five grandchildren and one great grandchild.
|Source: Journal Louisiana Conference 1977, p. 173 By William E. Nolan|