|Rev. William O. Tisdale died December 3, 1976 in his home following a lengthy illness. He is survived by his widow, Lilla, a daughter Mrs. Clara Phillips; two brothers, John Tisdale of Monroe, Louisiana and Rev. Troy Tisdale of West Monroe; and a sister, Mrs. Margaret Grayson of Monroe.
Brother Tisdale was born December 7, 1891. He was ordained an Elder of the Methodist Protestant Church in 1924. Until the merger of the Methodist Protestant Church with the Methodist Church, his ministry centered in Columbia County, Arkansas, where he led the conference Town and Country program. “God’s Acre” was a feature of this ministry.
After 1939 he served the Thornton and Hampton charges in the Little Rock Conference. In 1945 he transferred to the Louisiana Conference where he served Ida-Hosston and Jonesville. He retired in 1951 and moved to Springhill, Louisiana where he lived for 18 years before moving to El Dorado. For 67 years Brother Tisdale served the Lord and His people with faithfulness and tenderness. He was a man of God who served best by sharing God’s love with all he met.
Brother Tisdale’s funeral was held in the St. Paul U. M. C. of El Dorado with Revs. Ralph Mann and Gladwin Connell officiating on December 5, 1976. The interment was in the Ware’s Chapel Cemetery located in Columbia County, Arkansas.
“He is gone but not forgotten. His works remain.”
|Source: Journal Louisiana Conference 1977, p. 174 By Ralph S. Mann|