Price, John C.


February 14, 1870 - June 6, 1958
Reverend John C. Price was born at Shubuta, Clark County, Mississippi, on February 14, 1870. He died at Shreveport, Louisiana, on June 6, 1958. Funeral services were conducted in the Methodist Church at Mansfield, Louisiana, with Dr. 8. C. Taylor, Reverend Alfred M. Brown and Reverend Robert Lawton participating. Interment was in Zion’s Rest Cemetery near ‘Pleasant Hill, Louisiana.
Brother Price came to Louisiana in 1889 with thirty families who migrated from Mississippi and settled in Desoto Parish in a community known at that time as Sodus. This was near the town of Pleasant Hill, which he always considered to be his home. It is fitting that his tired body should rest from its labors In the soil of this vicinity.
On September 14, 1893, John C. Price was married to Annie Jane Bufkin, who was the daughter of one of the families who came from Mississippi. This godly couple immediately established a family altar, and lived together happily for sixty-one and a half years until 1954 when Mrs. Price went to her heavenly reward. They were the parents of four children: Robert Osto, deceased, W. C. Price of Shreveport, Mrs. Clyde Tomlinson of Longview~, Texas, and Mrs. M. E. Camp of Bossier City, Louisiana.
He united with the Louisiana Conference as a traveling preacher on December 14, 1908. The 1908 Journal reveals that he presented his credentials as an Elder in the Congregational Methodist Church, and by vote of the conference, was admitted in Elder’s orders, on condition that he assume the ordination vows. During thirty-four years of service in the Louisiana Conference Brother Price ministered to the spiritual needs of the people in the following appointments: Zwolle, Grand Cane, Belcher, Naborton, Coushatta, Bernice Circuit, Jonesboro, St. Farncisville, Rochelle, Mangham, Gilbert, Bonita, Waterproof, Pelican, Mooringsport, Sicily Island, Pleasant Hill and Pioneer.
The place John C. Price filled in this life was not an easy one. Be was reared an orphan. His father died three months before his birth, and his mother died when he was nine years of age. A’s a child, he lived from place to place with relatives and friends, working for his room and board. His was a humble place in the service of the church. He neither sought nor received positions of high honor; willing always to serve faithfully the places to which he was assigned. Truly, he could be counted among those of whom the Apostle Paul said:
Not many of you were wise according to worldly standards,
not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth, but
God chose what Is foolish in this world to shame the wise.
God chose what is weak in this world to shame the strong.

He was a noble soul; one of God’s elect. He could also be
numbered among those of whom the writer of Revelation said:
These are they who have come out of great tribulation; they
have washed their robes and made them white in the blood
of the Lamb. For the Lamb in the midst of the throne will
be their shepherd, and he will guide them to springs of
living water; and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.

As a young preacher, the writer was privileged to assist Brother Price in revivals in several churches where he served as pastor. It was a joy to be entertained in his home and to know him and his family intimately. Surely, he was one of God’s most worthy servants. The influence of his Sacrificial life cannot be measured.

Source: Journal of the Louisiana Conference of the Methodist Church, Pages 214-216, 1959 by R. R. Branton

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