January 13, 1885 - October 23, 1958
|On October 23, 1957, Mrs. John L. Lay—flee Annie Rebecca Black, wife of the late Rev. John L. Lay, passed away at the War Memorial Hospital, Leesville, Louisiana. Mrs. Lay was born at Bruton Alabama, January 13, 1885. She was married to Mr. Lay in April, 1902 at Hattiesburg, Miss. and the couple moved to Louisiana the following year, 190~. They served the following churches in the Louisiana Conference: Winona Cotton Valley, Plain Dealing, Indian Bayou, Simsboro, Calhoun, Eras, Pleasant Hill, Sicily Island, Bernice, Horn-beck, Hall Summitt Glenmora, and Campti. Mrs. Lay is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Wilma Self, Leesville, Louisiana. Interment was in the Prospect Church Cemetery, Florien, Louisiana.
Mrs. Lay was a very quiet, unassuming and devout, woman. As her Pastor I was standing by her bedside as she breathed her last.
She died as she had lived with a quiet confidence and deep faith in her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. She was laid to rest beside her husband, and among the people she loved and had served.
During the last few years of her life, Mrs. Lay’s health prevented her taking an active part In church work. However, she was faithful to the best of her ability to the very end. Truly one of the saints of the church has passed on to the Church Triumphant where she has been re-united with those she loved and who loved her.
|Source: Journal of the Louisiana Conference of the Methodist Church, Pages 186-187, 1958 by Oakley Lee.|