June 10, 1887 - December 23, 1948
|Benjamin Harris Andrews was born in Greenville, Illinois on June 10th, 1887. He was the son of Samuel Wesley Andrews, Sr. and Catherine Hawley Andrews. He was stricken with a heart attack and passed to his reward in Gonzales, Louisiana on December 23rd, 1948.
His early life was spent in the community where he was born. In young manhood he came to Louisiana where he became a student in Centenary College. From this institution he was graduated in the year 1915. In November of that year at the conference session held in Mansfield, La. he was received on trial into the Louisiana Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South. From that conference session lie was assigned to the Gonzales charge in the Baton Rouge District. Born in Illinois he lived his active adult life in Louisiana and as a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South. His loyalties were strong to the State of his adoption and to the Southern church.
At the conference session held in Minden in November 1917 he was ordained Deacon by Bishop W. B. Murrah and was received into full connection. In November, 1920 in the conference session held in DeRidder, having completed the course of study, he was ordained Elder by Bishop W. F. McMurry. The following are the appointments that he served in the Louisiana Conference: Gonzales four years; Zachary and Slaughter four years; Amite four years; Houma and French Mission five years; Ponchatoula one year; New Iberia two years; Haynesville two years; the Lake Charles District six years; Minden on year at the conference session held in the First Methodist Church, Shreve-port in 1944 he requested sabbatical leave for one year which was granted. At the session of 1945 in the First Methodist Church, Eaton Rouge he was given the supernumerary relation and at the session in June 1948 he was superannuated.
During his pastorate on the Gonzales charge he met and married Josephine Gonzales, who survives him. She was a devoted wife and a true helpmate to her preacher husband during all the years of his active ministry. To this union two sons, Benjamin and Glen, were born. Both still survive.
The writer was associated with B. H. Andrews during the years of his active ministry and knew him to be a devoted husband and father, a hard worker in the charges to which he was assigned, a strong preacher and an able administrator. As his presiding elder during four of the five years that he was in charge of Houma and the French Mission it was my privilege frequently to be in his home and to be associated with him in his work He was keenly interested in the promotion of the Kingdom in this important field. For a time he was my presiding elder. He was always actively engaged in the affairs of his district and was a helpful presiding elder. For five years we worked together in the bishop’s cabinet. He was always careful of the interest of the preachers and the charges under his care. We remember him in the days of his active ministry and know the fidelity with which he always went about the work of the kingdom.
After his retirement he resided in Gonzales where he had begun his work as a Methodist minister. It was here that he was stricken by the fatal disease from which he did not recover. On the morning of Christmas eve day, the writer conducted the last rites in the First Methodist Church, Baton Rouge. Dr. W. E. Brown, District Superintendent of the Baton Rouge District, pronounced the words of committal at the grave side. We commend his spirit to God who gave it and cherish in our hearts his memory.
|Source: Journal of the Louisiana Conference of the Methodist Church, Pages 115-116, 1949 by W. L. Doss, Jr.|