|Many years ago a man named Pierce wrote a book entitled, “Giant against the Sky.” It was the life story of one of the bishops of the Methodist Church. That title can be aptly applied to the life and ministry of George W. Pomeroy. Certainly as one views the skyline of the Louisiana Annual Conference for the past forty years, though not tall in a physical sense, he will see “Billy” standing tall against the sky with his lengthening shadow stretching out across the years as it is reflected in the love of his Heavenly Father. He was a spiritual giant; a masterful preacher; a lover of people; and a trusted friend to all. His radiant smile and buoyant spirit will long light the lives of all who knew him.
He was born in Ullin, Illinois, January 4, 1905. He came at an early age with his parents to Bastrop, Louisiana. He died at his home in Lake Charles, Louisiana, on April 22, 1976. He was a graduate of Centenary College and Yale Divinity School, where he formed a lifelong friendship with Paul Galloway, who became Bishop Paul Galloway. He was admitted on trial to the Louisiana Conference in 1929 and was ordained elder in 1933. His record of service to the Louisiana Conference shows forty-three fruitful years. Among his leading pastorates were First Church Monroe and First Church Lake Charles. During his ministry he served as District Superintendent of the Ruston and New Orleans Districts and at the time of the merger he established the Natchitoches District from which he retired in 1972. For many years he served on the Board of the Methodist Hospital Home and the Methodist Children’s Home at Ruston. He was a life member of the Board of Trustees of Centenary College, from which he received an honorary doctor’s degree.
He is survived by his wife, Lillie Mae, and his daughter, Pamela, both of the home.
|Source: Journal Louisiana Conference 1976, p.136 By Clyde S. Clark|