October 4, 1885 - October 14, 1956
|Harvey D. Fisher was born October 4, 1885, at New Hope, Indiana, youngest of three children of Henry and Eliazbeth Maxwell Fisher. At an early age the family moved to Texas where he attended school. His early life was spent in the clothing business, traveling from state to state. At the age of 45 he accepted the Lord and the call to preach the gospel. He attended Taylor University and was ordained in 1932 in the Wesleyan Conference and was a Tent Evangelist for the Friends Church of Texas, also the Wesleyan and Congregational Methodist Churches.
Hundreds of people found their way down the saw dust trail to an altar of prayer in the old fashioned tent revivals.
In 1950 he came to Louisiana as pastor of the Ball, Bentley, Dry Prong and Spring Hill Churches. Since then he has served Oak Grove, Natchitoches, Vile Platte, Bayou Chicot, White’s Chapel and Pine Prairie.
He passed away on October 30, 1956 and his funeral was held in the White’s Chapel Church on October 14, 1956 by Rev. A. W. Townsend, Jr., and Rev. J. G. Snelling. Interment was made in the beautiful White’s Chapel Cemetery. To those of his congregation who loved him and his family and friends we say with James Whitcomb Riley:
I cannot say, and I will not say
That he is dead. He is just away.
With a cheery smile, and a wave of the hand,
He has wandered into an unknown land,
And left us dreaming how very fair
It needs must be since he lingers there
And you—O you, who the wildest yearn
For the old time step, and the glad return
Think of him faring on, as dear
In the love of There as the love of Here,
Think of him still as the same, I say
He is not dead—He is just away.
|Source: Journal of the Louisiana Conference of the Methodist Church, Pages 175, 1957 by Mrs. Lelia Hickman.|