September 12, 1886 - October 20, 1962
|Reverend Lovick Pierce Moreland was born in Homer, Louisiana, September 12, 1886. His parents were Joseph Turner and Julia Burgess Moreland.
Brother Moreland lived a rich and full life and gave wonderful expression to the many talents and abilities he possessed. His early education was received in the public schools of Bienville Parish, also in Abbeville where the family moved early in his life. He continued his education by attending Meridian Male College in Meridian, Mississippi, Trevecca College in Nashville, Tennessee, also McClerkins School of Theology.
Brother Moreland answered the call to preach at the age of nineteen. His was a surrendered life to God and thus he gave himself early in life for the greatest work on earth. He never once doubted his call into the ministry. Hard and difficult places of service did not discourage him or tempt him to give up. Wherever he was assigned as Pastor, he went gladly, served well and left his church much improved both spiritually and physically.
Brother Moreland was married on September 10, 1914 to Miss Bertha Irene Rogers of Saline, Louisiana. To this union were born three daughters and two sons. The oldest son died in 1925 while Brother Moreland was pastor at Jena.
He united with the old Athens Church in 1900, and it was in the old Bethlehem Church of the same Parish that he was licensed to preach on November 17, 1913. His first few years as a minister were in the Methodist Protestant Church where he served the following churches: Downsville-Bethel Charge, the Arcadia-Springhil Charge, the Winnfield-Dodson Charge. In 1918 he joined the Louisiana Annual Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, and served the following churches up to the time of his re-tirement: Hornbeck Charge, Bienville Charge, Jena-Jonesville Charge, Indian Bayou Charge, Bernice, Denham Springs, Merryville-Hopewell Charge, Choud-rant Charge, Simsboro Charge, Bernice~Dubach-Clay Charge, OlIa, Bienville Charge. Brother and Mrs. Moreland moved to Ruston where they bought a home and lived a life of happy retirement until his death on October 20, 1962.
Brother Moreland served many churches and touched thousands of lives. He was deeply loved and appreciated as a man, a pastor, preacher and friend. He was blessed above many because of his wonderful wife and family. The remarkable things he did, and the splendid training and education he was able to provide for his children on so small a salary proves what a remarkable man and manager he was. Wherever Brother Moreland served he made improvements, built churches and new parsonages. He was a builder himself and he delighted in helping with the carpentry work. He loved to see things grow and he devoted much time to his vegetable garden and to beautiful flowers and shrubbery. His love for nature and sports was very keen in-deed. He loved children and worked with them most effectively. He was active in Boy Scout work and encouraged young people to devote themselves to God and the Church.
Brother Moreland belonged to the Masonic Lodge, and was honored with a life membership upon his retirement, which came to him from the Michael Dempsey Lodge of Jena.
Brother Moreland left his mark upon people. Wherever he went he built for the Lord—he always left better churches for others to preach in, and better parsonages for them to live in. His was a life of humility and gratitude. He loved people. “He that would have friends must show himself friendly”—Brother Moreland did this. He knew no strangers and loved everybody. “Love begets love”—he proved this!
Brother Moreland passed to his Heavenly reward on Saturday, October 20, 1962. He was buried on Sunday, October 21, 1962 from the Grace Methodist Church in Ruston. Reverend George Ross and Reverend Jerry Means conducted the service. He was laid to rest in the Forest Lawn Cemetery in Ruston.
Brother Moreland is survived by his widow, Mrs. L. P. Moreland of Ruston; Mrs. Mary Oexman, Cincinnati, Ohio; Mrs. Rupert Thompson, Lake Charles; Mrs. Betty Jo Stevenson, Lake Charles, Louisiana; William Lovick Moreland, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and eleven grandchildren, two great grand children, one brother, James Burgess Moreland, Minden, Louisiana; three sisters, Mrs. E. T. Candy, Jonesboro, Louisiana; Mrs. Roy Alexander, Minden, Louisiana; Mrs. Prentis Bailey, Athens, Louisiana.
He who sought no reward for himself will surely have his reward in Heaven. He now belongs to the ages, but his work lives on here among us. May God bless his memory to our benediction and help. His spirit lives on in that “House not made with hands, eternal in the Heavens.”
|Source: Journal of the Louisiana Conference of the Methodist Church, Pages 267-269, 1963 by Guy M. Hicks and C. B. White.|