March 12, 1921 - April 11, 1966
|No more glorious or satisfying climax could come to the life of any minister than that which came to Harold B. Hine. He preached of the resurrection to a packed house on Easter Sunday morning, sang in a quartet at the Cantata that night and in the early hours the following morning quietly and peacefully moved over to the other side.
Brother Hine was born in Elton, Louisiana, March 12, 1921. He was a graduate of Southwestern Louisiana Institute in Lafayette and of Duke Divinity School. He served churches in Iota, Maxie, Lake Arther, Menyville, Greensburg, Vidalia, Davidson Memorial in Lafayette, and was serving First Methodist Church in Denham Springs at the time of his passing.
Brother Hine had been ill for over a year and he and his people knew that his was an illness from which he could not recover. His marvelous courage, his tremendous faith and his refusal to give up or to give in to his illness was an inspiration to all. He continued his pastoral duties right up to the end in spite of great suffering and weakness and was to have assisted in a funeral the day he died. His ready smile, his refusal to complain, his careful planning for his family after his going made many of us ask ourselves if we could face this sort of thing in the same wonderful way. Here was a man who, in every sense of the word, lived his faith right up to the end.
It can be truly said that the impact of the life and death of this good man will long be felt by the church he served, the community in which he lived and by all who knew him. Through the years, we came to appreciate him, not only as a humble servant of the Christ but also as an unusually able preacher of the gospel and devoted pastor to his people.
He died April 11, 1966 and is survived by his wife Doris Fay, a son Christopher Ray, a daughter Karen Fay, his mother and a sister. Services were conducted in First Methodist Church, Denham Springs by Rev. Jerome Cain, District Superintendent of the Lafayette District, and Dr. Bentley Sloane, District Superintendent of the Baton Rouge District, assisted by Dr. W. E. Trice and Rev. W. D. Milton. Interment was in the Denham Springs cemetery.
|Source: Journal of the Louisiana Conference of the Methodist Church, Pages 225-226, 1966 by A. Jerome Cain.|