October 12, 1886 - February 8, 1959
|Mrs. L. E. Crooks, better known by the name of her first husband, the deceased Methodist minister—the Rev. J. H. Hoffpauir—was born October 12, 1886, at Ridge, Louisiana, and went to her heavenly reward February 8, 1959, at Crowley, Louisiana. She was known by a multitude of friends as just plain “Estelle”— her given name.
In 1902 “Estelle” became the bride of J. H. Hoffpauir who later became a Methodist minister in the Louisiana Conference. Together through the years they serves the churches at Prairre Greg (Henry), Indian ‘Bayou, Gueydan, Long Ville, Simmsboro, Iota, Maxie, Church Point and South Crowley—until the death of Rev. Hoffpauir in 1932.
In 1935 Mrs. J. H. Hoffpauir became the wife of another Methodist minister, the Rev. L. E. Crooks. They ‘served the church side by side until the death of Rev. Crooks which occurred less than two years after their marriage.
“Estelle” will long be remembered for her lovely spirit and faithful service in the church. She was one of those rare persons who always carried a smile and brought a bit of cheer wherever she went.
Mrs. Crooks was a member of the Wesley Methodist Church in Crowley at the time of her death, having become a charter member of that church ten years before. As a member of the Wesley congregation she served as Communion Steward, as a member of the choir and was a charter member of the Woman’s Society of Christian Service. The Communion cloths and the pulpit and lectern scarfs were made with her own hands. It can be said of Mrs. Crooks what was said of Doroas in the Book of Acts: “This woman was full of good works and almsdeeds which she did.”
Let it also be said that the two sons of “Estelle”—Talmage and Stanley Hoffpauir—have long been faithful laymen In the Methodist Church.
|Source: Journal of the Louisiana Conference of the Methodist Church, Pages 217-218, 1959 by Raymond E. Pierson.|