October 26, 1895 - March 19, 1961
|George Arthur LaGrange was born on October 26, 1895, at Labadieville in Assumption Parish, Louisiana. He died at Ruston, Louisiana on Sunday, March 19, 1961. Funeral services were conducted at First Methodist Church, Alexandria, Louisiana, with Dr. Guy M. Hicks, ‘Reverend Luman Douglas and Reverend Douglas McGuire participating. His body was buried in Greenwood Memoial Park at Pinevllle, Louisiana.
Brother LaGrange was married to Nellie LeBlanc on Apr11 16, 1915. To this union was born two sons: Hubert, deceased and Joseph Canton of Monroe, Louisiana. Mrs. LaGrange died at Marksville, Louisiana on August 2, 1939. At the time of ‘her death Brother LaGrange was serving as pastor of the Marksville Church. On December 7,1939 he was married ‘to Essle Ruth Clark. The present Mrs. LaGrange now resides at Ruston, Louisiana where she and Brother LaGrange were living at the time of his death.
George Arthur LaGrange was born into a Roman Catholic home and was baptized in that faith. He remained in the Catholic Church until he was twenty-one years of age, at which time he was gloriously converted under the evangelistic preaching of his uncle, the Reverend Eugene Barrios of Lafayette, Louisiana, a minister in the Church of the Nazarene. He became interested in the Methodist Church, and the church in turn was interested in him and encouraged him to attend school. He responded by going to the McDonnell School at Houma, Louisiana. Here he came under the influence of a noble Christian, Miss Ella K. Hooper. Under her guidance he made progress in his schoolwork, and his call to the ministry must in some measure have been due to her spiritual nurture.
Brother LaGrange received a License to Preach in 1920. He served the Bayou Blue Circuit seven years as a Supply Pastor. In 1927 he was Admitted on Trial into membership of the Louisiana Annual Conference, to which he gave thirty-one and half years of active service. He retired at the end of the Conference Year in 1959 and moved to Ruston where he made his home until his death. During the years of his ministry Brother LaGrange served as pastor in the following appointments: Bayou Blue Circuit, Lafourche, Lottie, Marksville, Wynn Memorial, Gibsland, Grayson, Plaquemine, Elizabeth, Wesley in Alexandria, Lockport and Donaldsonviile.
The last days of Brother George seem to have been among his happiest. He was active in the program of the church where he resided; attended its services and participated in many of Its activities. He visited the “shut-ins” regularly, and through his humble prayers he brought spiritual strength to those who suffered physical weakness. It seems entirely fitting that the Lord chose Sunday as the day to take him home. He had just returned from church when the Lord called him, and truly, it must have been with the words:
Well done, thou good and faithful servant; thou hast been’
faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many
things; enter thou into the joy of thy Lord.
|Source: Journal of the Louisiana Conference of the Methodist Church, Pages 216-217, 1961 by R. R. Branton.|