March 24, 1865 - April 21, 1959
|The tired heart ceased to beat for Samuel Skolfleld Bogan on the afternoon of April 21, 1959 at the age of ninety-four. He was born in East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana, March 24, 1865. He was married to Margaret Virginia Whatley, granddaughter of the Reverend Uriah Whatley, on June 31, 1895 at Prudome City, La., by the Reverend Henry 0. White. He served 101 churches and charges while in his active ministry of 45 years. He spent an additional 10 years organizing and building Rodessa Methodist Church and Summer Grove Methodist Church.
The names of the surviving children are: Harney S. Bogan, James M. Bogan, Shreveport; Samuel D. Bogan, New Haven Connecticut; John A. Bogan, Lafayette; Mrs. C. P. Derveloy and Mrs. Harry T. Pringle, Alexandria; Miss Ruth Bogan, Sacramento, California; Mrs. Caswell Crossland and Mrs. Ivan Beagle, Houston, Texas and Mrs. John Hardy Traylor of Columbia.
“God buries his workman but his work continues.” This statement can truly apply to Brother Began. He never tired of doing good for his Lord and he never once let his Church down. Others might criticize and cast aspersions, but not Brother Bogan. He saw something good in men and women everywhere and he felt the Church was of Christ and would prevail.
It can be said of him, as it was said of Evangeline by Longfellow; “his passing was llke the closing of exquisite music”. Verily his influence will follow him and in a thousand ways will rise up and call him blessed.
|Source: Journal of the Louisiana Conference of the Methodist Church, Pages 206, 1959 by B. C. Taylor.|