July 25, 1887 - April 10, 1958
|Rev. George Lester Cagle was born in Cartersville, Cherokee County, Georgia, on July 25, 1887. He died in a hospital in Monroe, Louisiana, Thursday, April 10, 1958. He is survived by his widow Mrs. Nellie Forest Cagle, to whom he was married November 19, 1911, two sons, Rev. Claude A. Oagle of Troy, Texas and Sgt. Gordon L. Cagle, U. 6. A. F., and one daughter, Mrs. Winifred Crowley of Helena, Montana. Brother Cagle was admitted on trial into the Little Rock Conference in 1923 and served in this conference until he transferred into the ‘Louisiana Conference in 1948. He was pastor of the Bonita-Jones charge at the time of his death, being in the 71st year of age and the 35th year as a Methodist minister. His funeral was conducted at the Bonita Methodist Church, Saturday April 12th, by the District Superintendent, James T. Harris, assisted by Rev. W. F. Ragsdale, a retired Methodist minister, living in Bonita. His ‘body was laid to rest in Memorial Park Cemetery, Bastrop, La.
Thus in simple statistics is told the history of a life; but statistics alone can never tell the whole story of a good life. And the life of George L. Cagle was a good life spent in sincere service of his Master in the ministry of the gospel. His first appointment was to the Hartsville circuit in the Little Rock Conference; his last appointment was to the Bonita-Jones charge in the Louisiana Conference. In between were appointments to Malvern, Mt. Ida, Wesson, Junction City, Thornton, Chidester, Humphrey, and others in Arkansas; to Grayson, Oak Ridge, Vidalia, and Pine Grove in Louisiana. In every place he labored well and made many conquests in the name of Christ. He had a real genius for friendship as was shown by the fact that friends from former pastorates traveled far to attend his funeral.
It was a blessing to be associated with him in the work of the ministry. He responded willingly and ably to every call of the Church and accomplished much in strengthening the effectiveness of the churches, which he served. The Monroe District has lost a fine minister, The Methodist Church has lost a faithful servant, the Kingdom of God of earth has lost a diligent worker; but his work was not in vain, for scattered across the land are other faithful workers whom he led to Christ. They follow in his trail.
It is a heart-warming experience to see a true follower of the Faith face the coming of death unafraid. Such was my experience, as I stood with Brother Cagle in his last days. Surely for him the wonderful promise of the Psalm was fulfilled:
“Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death I will fear no evil, for Thou art with me.”
And now Brother Cagle has gone to be with God.
|Source: Journal of the Louisiana Conference of the Methodist Church, Pages 180-181, 1958 by James T. Harris.|