February 9, 1886 - August 26, 1955
|Mrs. J. A. McCormack, nee Nina Mae Caston, was born on February 9, 1886, in McComb, Mississippi. Her desire to serve as a public servant seemed obvious from the very beginning, for upon completion of her academic work in Mississippi she accepted a position as a music teacher In the school at Greensburg, La. The principal, John Andrew McCormack (a local preacher) won her love and after the wedding vows on December 24, 1906, they went to their first home—an appointment in Baton Rouge.
For the next forty years, In good years and bad, in joy and sorrow, victory and defeat, she was a faithful itinerant’s helpmeet and after her husband’s passing in 1946, she continued sowing the seed of life everlasting.
On August 24, 1955, our friend was heralded into the heavenly choir. Her peaceful countenance reminded me of Paul’s words,
“0 death, where is thy sting? 0 grave, where is thy victory?
. . But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory
through our Lord Jesus Christ.” and of John Donne’s lines,
“Death, be not proud, though some have called thee
Mighty and dreadful, for thou art not so;
For those whom thou think’st thou dost overthrow
Die not, poor Death; nor yet canst thou kill me.
... Why swell’st thou then?
One short sleep past, we wake eternaly,
And Death shall be no more; Death, thou shall die.”
On August 26, 1955 funeral services were held in the Mer Rouge Methodist Church, Mer Rouge, Louisiana, where Rev. McCormack had served as pastor and upon retirement they made Mer Rouge their home. The pastor, Rev. Lael S. Jones, officiated and was assisted by Rev. R. H. Staples of Bastrop, Rev. S. H. Cook, rector of Christ Episcopal Church, Bastrop, and Rev. James T. Harris, Monroe, District Superintendent of the Methodist Church. Interment was In the family plot of the Mer Rouge Cemetery.
|Source: Journal of the Louisiana Conference of the Methodist Church, Pages 162-163, 19562 by Lael S. Jones.|