|Minnie Martin Lipscomb was born in Dalton, Georgia, January 26, 1884. She was the fourth daughter of Benjamin and Sara Martin. There was one brother who died in infancy, and one half-brother. In the early years of her life she was blind, but received her sight at the age of six. When she was thirteen she accepted Christ and united with the Hamilton Street Methodist Church in Dalton, Georgia. The family moved to Tennessee, where she entered Scarritt College in Nashville. Here she became active and experienced a great love for people through working with individuals and groups. It was at Scarritt that she was commissioned as a Deaconess.
Upon receiving her assignment on the Alexandria, Louisiana Charge, she met Reverend Thomas Duncan Lipscomb. They were married in Ridgedale Methodist Church, Ridgedale, Tennessee on May 18, 1910. They began their work together in Trout, La. and served charges throughout Louisiana. The Lipscombs were married fifty-nine years before his death on Christmas Day, 1969. Minnie Lipscomb lived a quiet, courageous life with patience, love and concern for her family, Church and Lord. Her last years were spent with her only daughter, Mrs. Mary June Smith of Baton Rouge. Her motto was her favorite passage of scripture, which she preached many times, “Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, and today, and forever.” (Hebrews 13:8)
A memorial service was held at the First United Methodist Church in Baton Rouge on December 14, 1976. Rev. Carey Martin, Dr. Woodrow Hearn, Rev. Robert Crichlow, Sr., Rev. Robert Carter and Rev. Fred Flurry officiated. Mrs. Lipscomb is survived by two children: William Martin Lipscomb, Pineville, La. and Mrs. Mary June Smith of Baton Rouge; three granddaughters; one grandson; one great granddaughter; two step great granddaughters and a host of friends.
|Source: Journal Louisiana Conference1977, p.175 By Carey Martin|