- May 8, 1968
|Mrs. Leila Hickman Thompson died on May 8, 1968, at the Ville Platte Medical Center. Her funeral service was held in the Chicot United Methodist Church on May 10th The Rev. John F. Kilpatrick, Alexandria District Superintendent, conducted the service. He was assisted by the Rev. Robert I. Galatas, pastor of the church.
Leila Thompson entered the ministry in 1956, after the death of her uncle, the Rev. Harvey Fisher. At the time of her retirement in 1986, she was serving the Simmesport and Evergreen churches in the Alexandria District.
Mrs. Thompson is survived by her husband, Mr. Percy Thompson, of Ville Platte; one son, Frank Hickman, of Port Arthur, Texas; one step-son, Elton Thompson, of Port Arthur; and one step-daughter, Mrs. Win. F. Fredeman, of Port Arthur.
All who were acquainted with Leila, and all to whom she ministered, soon became aware of the distinguishing characteristics of her life and ministry. She was a sincere and faithful worker. Within the Church, always willing to do more than what was expected. Concern for the people she served was unmistakably evident. Leila took what God had given her and invested it with care, not being afraid to employ her gifts. Her efforts have boren fruit in the lives of others, and such a life has its reward.
|Source: Journal of the Louisiana Conference of the United Methodist Church, Pages217, 1968 by Robert I. Galatas.|