June 22, 1860 - 1951
|Rev. G. J. L. Brown, born in Winn Parish June 22, 1860, was married to Miss Henrietta Pauline Willbanks June 10, 1882. To this union were born thirteen children, seven of which are still living. His wife passed away in 1928.
Uncle Jasper, as most people knew him, was always found to be on the right side of the problems that would arise in the church; and his presence and counsel were like pouting balm upon the uneven ways of life, always bringing smoothness and calmness with his presence and advice.
Brother Brown was great in his fidelity. He was faithful to every trust carrying the Gospel not only in word, but also by example in every walk of life. He was great in his faith. Like St. Luke, he knew in. whom he believed and he was fully persuaded that God was able to keep that which he had committed unto Him against that day. He had a great faith; a faith that vitalized the gospel he preached; a faith that challenged the best that was in him wherever the need was greatest, regardless of the cost; riding for miles across the country, swimming his horse across the swollen streams that crossed his path, never giving a thought about himself, but thinking of those that needed the Gospel preached to them.
He was great in his sincerity. More than once he was sent to the charge where confidence in the minister needed to be restored. Brother Brown was the man to be sent in order that confidence and faith might be restored in the ministry of Jesus Christ and His Church. Everybody loved and trusted him. His simple sincerity always inspired confidence.
Surely a mighty oak has fallen beneath the heavy load of life, and left a vacancy, where the sheltering branches reached far out over those that had fallen by the wayside of life, and lifted them once again into the right channels of life, and pointed them to the Kingdom of God.
He shall forever be called blessed by those who knew and loved him. His influence will never die, but shall live throughout all eternity, pointing men to the Lamb of God that taketh away the sins of the whole world.
Brother Brown began preaching at the Spring Hill Methodist Church in 1896, and was ordained Elder in 1904. He preached his last sermon in the Palestine Methodist Church just a couple of years before he passed to his reward, and was laid to rest within a few feet of where he began his ministry, a work well done.
|Source: Journal of the Louisiana Conference of the Methodist Church, Pages 159, 1952 by J. B. McCann.|