November 17, 1869 - February 10, 1950
|Rev. Lastie Newton Hoffpauir, son of Silas and Lucinda Brown Hoffpauir, was born on a farm near Lafayette, La., November 17th, 1869, and passed on to his reward in Physicians and Surgeons Hospital, Shreveport, La., February 10, 1950.
He joined the Methodist Church in early boyhood; a church his father helped to build near the home, and because of the beautiful devotion of the family (four of the boys gave themselves to the Methodist Ministry). Lastie being the oldest, led the way for the others to follow him.
He was one of the most devoted and untiring workers to ever go to any church as a pastor, he believed in prayer, and thought that his people should be brought together for prayer, he felt that the spiritual life of his church was determined by the spirit of his midweek prayer meeting, and wherever he went there soon developed a good prayer meeting.
He served churches across the state of Louisiana, Lake Arthur, Jennings, Istrouma, Baton Rouge, Oak Grove, Rayville, the old Texas Avenue, Shreveport, and the last of his active ministry as pastor of his old home church, Indian Bayou, where he superannuated, and then served as a supply on the Hornbeclc charge for four years.
No other man had more to do with my entering the ministry, and no other minister was a greater help to me through the years than was this devoted servant of the church, and as this will be the first Conference we have attended, where his face will not appear and his voice will not answer the roll call, yet the wonderful fellowship, and the kind brotherly words of help and encouragement will never be forgotten.
He was united in marriage December 20th, 1888, to Joanna Hoffpauir (known to us as Cousin Nannie). To this union was born six children, two of them having preceded him; the wife and four children mourn the loss: Mrs. L. N. Hoffpauir, Hornbeck, La.; E. A. Hoffpauir, Leesville, La.; W. N. Hoffpauir, Shreveport, La.; Mrs. Hettie Bankston, with her mother at Hornbeck; Mrs. C. B. Monneyham, Leesville, La.; seven grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.
When taken to the hospital in February, he realized the end had come; he asked one of the children to write the plan for the funeral service. Rev. Martin Hebert, of Lake Charles, was to have charge, he asked that Bro. H. A. Gibbs, his district superintendent have a part in the service, and that the writer make the talk, and this service was held in the church at Hornbeck, and his remains taken to Leesville for interment.
|Source: Journal of the Louisiana Conference of the Methodist Church, Pages 165, 1950 by Louis Hoffpauir.|