|Loyd Elmo Williams received his permanent appointment on Friday, November 27, 1970, when he was suddenly called home to his eternal reward.
Loyd was born at Tennessee Colony, Texas, April 15, 1915. He was the son of Charley and Ida Williams from a small, rural East Texas farming community. Loyd was admitted on trial in the former Protestant Conference of Texas in 1936 and ordained elder in 1939. On November 28, 1935, he chose for his life partner in homemaking and the ministry Miss Eva Jo Denson. To the marriage were born four children, three girls and one boy. They are Mrs. Glenda Nell Baker, Mrs. Laveda Clark, Mr. Jimmie Loyd Williams and Mrs. Cynthia Ann Wayland. The Loyd Williamses were also blessed with nine grandchildren
Loyd Williams served the conference in his favorite field, evangelism. He was Secretary of the Conference Board for eight years and was District Secretary at the time of his death. He served the following churches in his ministry: in the Texas Conference the Van Charge, LaRue, Neches, Keltys, Dayton Sweeney, Teague and Linden; he moved to Louisiana and served Maplewood, Jonesboro, Memorial in Monroe, Springhill and Simpson in Lake Charles. During his ministry he was instrumental in building churches and parsonages. The parsonages at Maplewood and Jonesboro were built during his pastorate. Also, the Simpson parsonage was secured while under his pastorate.
Brother Williams’ funeral was conducted on November 30, 1970, at the Simpson United Methodist Church. Reverend Harvey G. Williamson was in charge of the service. Bishop Aubrey G. Walton brought a very comforting message. His physical remains were laid to rest in the old Carroll Springs Cemetery, Athens, Texas.
May the mantle of the Great Soldier of the Cross fall on many of us that we will face life and ministry with the same faith and zeal as did Loyd.
|Source: Journal Louisiana Conference, 1971; p. 195 By Rex Squyres|