- May 5, 1956
|“Don-Movin” is a sign in front of a modest home on Prien Lake Road out of Lake Charles. The Reverend Mr. C. W. Rodgers put it there when he retired in 1941 after forty-one years in the Methodist ministry.
In 1900 he was married to Miss Arville Herriman and began his active ministry in the Upper Iowa Conference where he served for sixteen years. Three years were spent in the Dakota Conference and the rest of his life on the Gulf Coast. He was chaplain in World War I. H. spent four years in a Houston, Texas church where he took in 500 members. Later he was chosen as president of Port Arthur College. Then he was placed in charge of a missionary school, as he put it, among the “Cajuns” of Louisiana. He succeeded in merging the college with Georgetown University in Georgetown, Texas. Serving these several years in the field of education he then became District Superintendent of the Lake Charles District in the Methodist Episcopal Church. His last charge, while in the active ministry, was Simpson Methodist Church in Lake Charles. Since retirement he has held the title of Pastor Emeritus of this church.
“Don-Movin” became his home on retirement. Three months after moving there his life long companion and helper passed away. Mrs. Lois Carmouse, his daughter, resided there with him after that. Like many retired Methodist ministers he remained active. West Lake, Sweet Lake, Bell City, Hayes, and First Presbyterian Church of Lake Charles were blessed with his ministry. You know a man best when you try to fill his shoes. I followed him at Westlake. There I found people with a certain spirit and a way of life that was winsome. The church was well organized; the people were loyal; and there was a unique bigness about them even though the congregation was small. The longer I stayed the more convinced I was that these magnificent mannerisms were the products of a powerful personality. When I met Brother Rodgers this was verified. They had caught his spirit.
I found the same thing at Sweetlake. Now after fourteen years I am pastor at Simpson Methodist Church. All these years have passed, yet I find this same spirit—this unique intangible something manifested in this church. This fine man left his spiritual imprint wherever he went.
He was brought up in a college atmosphere, in the town of Westfield, Iowa where U. I. U. is located. He had classmates such as John R. Mott. He finished at Garrett Biblical Institute. Through his lifetime he was athlete (College football player), educator, soldier, administrator and preacher. Above all else he was a great Christian. He added certain dignity and spirit to everything he did.
The sign “Don-Movin” was removed a few weeks before his death and on May 5, 1956 he moved into his eternal home.
|Source: Journal of the Louisiana Conference of the Methodist Church, Pages 159-160, 1956 by Cleburne Quaid.|