June 27, 1888 - June 13, 1951
|“Just look at the possibilities for growth . .
These words, so oft repeated to one of his “sans in the ministry,” tell more about Daniel Buie Raulins than all the so-called ‘facts” of his journey through this life. Christian growth, for himself and for others, was THE compelling fact of Dr. Raulins’ life.
The other facts may be listed rather briefly. He was born in Franklin County, Mississippi, on June 27, 1888. His father was William Thaddaeus Raulins and his mother was Louretta Rebecca Lee. Dr. Raulins married Miss Emma Ida Hammack of Springerton, Illinois, September 2, 1914, and she, with three lovely daughters, Nancy Rebecca, Edith Cavell, and Ida Elizabeth, survive hhn.
Dr. Raulins was ordained Deacon at Columbia, Tenn., in 1914 and served in the Memphis Conference as Pastor and teacher until his transfer to the Louisiana Conference as Elder us 1920. He served pastorates at Shreveport, Lake Charles, Algiers and Carrollton in New Orleans, Natchitoches, Leesville, and Sulphur. He was District Superintendent of the Ruston District from 1938 to 1944.
It was as a teacher that Dan Raulins reached his true greatness. His love for persons above profits, principles above political expediency, and his insistent emphasis upon the possibilities to be found in every problem situation, made his a teaching ministry. He was a professor at Centenary College, 1920-26, President of Mansfield College, 1926-30, and a member of the Board of Trustees of Southern Methodist University from 1938 until his death in 1951. His excellent work as Editor of the New Orleans Christian Advocate, 1932-84, was another example of his ability as a Christian scholar and teacher.
Dr. Raulins died June 13, 1951, while serving as pastor of Henning Memorial Methodist Church, Sulphur. He left to that church and to all of Louisiana Methodism a legacy of kindness and understanding. His was a life of service—too good, really, to gain worldly prominence; too great, honestly, to be forgotten.
He has now taken his last ‘appointment” in the Church. But, just as he “fought the good fight” in the Church Militant, so he will continue to serve in the Church Triumphant. For I am sure that some day, when his “boys in the Gospel” answer that last call and enter that Greater Parish, a friendly arm will be placed upon their shoulders and a beloved, well-remembered voice will say:
“Look, Son—just look at the possibilities for growth!”
|Source: Journal of the Louisiana Conference of the Methodist Church, Pages 166-167, 1952 by WM. O. Byrd.|