Washington, John Wesley


Rev. John Wesley Washington, born January 15, 1882, the union of Jeff and Mary Washington, Bunkie, La.
During his youth he attended New Orleans University. He received ministerial training at Pastor’s School, Gulfside, Waveland, Mississippi. His first church membership, St. Paul Methodist Church, Monroe, La.
On May 8, 1928 he was joined in holy matrimony to Miss Cordelia (Marie) who served with him faithfully throughout his ministry until her death Jan. 24, 1971.
His first appointment was Jones Chapel Methodist Church, Lampkin, La. He served several charges on the Shreveport District. He attended the Annual Conference every year and boasted he never missed a roll call during his life. He retired May, 1957.
After retirement he was a faithful member of St. James United Methodist Church, participating in all affairs of the church and carrying on the worship services when the pastor was sick or absent.
On Feb. 24, 1973 he was struck by an automobile while attempting to cross the street near his home. He died March 7, 1973 at St. Francis Hospital, Monroe, La. Funeral services were March 11, at St. James United Methodist Church, Rev. Clyde C. Frazier, Jr., District Superintendent and Rev. A. E. Franklin, Pastor officiating. Burial in J. S. Clark Memorial Cemetery, Monroe, La.
Survivors: 1 brother, Mr. Joseph Washington, New Iberia, La.; 1 sister-in-law, Mrs. Lena Swan, Monroe, La.; 2 nieces, Mrs. Alistine Fuga, Bunkie, La., Mrs. Maud Hoston, Washington, D.C.
Source: Journal Louisiana Conference, 1973; p. 131

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