March 28, 1880 - August 11, 1948
|Rev. John W. Faulk was born within sight of the Ebenezer Methodist Church, a short distance south of Crowley, Louisiana, March 28, 1880, a son of Nathaniel and Charlotte Hoffpauir Faulk. He was the second eldest child in a family of three sons and four daughters, all of whom survive him except one brother. His father and mother preceded him in death.
He was happily married on May 1, 1901, to Miss Cecil Beadle, near Lafayette, a daughter of William and Mary O’Coin Beadle, godly members of the Methodist Church. The three sons of Brother and Mrs. Faulk survive him. The youngest son, Roland, followed his father into the Methodist ministry, served with distinctions as a chaplain during the recent wars, and he continues in that work, being stationed in Washington City. (Commander) John W. Faulk received his early education in the Ebenezer public school and in the Acadia College at Crowley. Later he attended Penial College at Greenville, Texas. This schooling prepared him for the wider curriculum of a “self-educated man.”
He was religious from childhood, took part in the activities of the young people of Ebenezer Church, and at the age of eighteen he was licensed to preach. He was admitted into the Louisiana Conference as a deacon from the Methodist Episcopal Church in 1911, and was ordained elder the following year by Bishop Mouzon. From that year until the close of 1942, when he retired because of bad health, Brother Faulk served faithfully throughout the Conference—in the bounds of all the districts except one. Among the charges he served may be mentioned Boyce, Lecompte, Dubach, Oak Grove, Plain Dealing, Abbeville, Leesville, and Slidell. He was serving his second year at Slidell when he retired at the year’s close.
As a superannuate, he lived for a year in Lafayette, and then removed to Jennings, where he died on August 11 of last year. His funeral in Ebenezer Church, his old mother church, was attended by a large number of friends of the neighborhood and elsewhere, and was conducted by Rev. Sam Nader, pastor at Jennings; Rev. L. M. Sawyer. pastor at Ebenezer, and Rev. R. H. Harper, who spoke in appreci-ation of the good man. It was a beautiful afternoon, and it seemed fitting that this man of God, who had served well in all sections of our State, was laid to rest from his old church and within sight of the place where he was born. Having come in death to his native sod, it was all the more fitting and blessed that amid the scenes of his childhood he went home to heaven.
The writer of these lines and Brother Faulk were close friends and, with deep appreciation of the privilege, the writer here records his assurance that the uniform progress of John W. Faulk ended in Glory at the gate of the celestial city. His was a transparent soul, and he needed no extensive eulogy from those who look after him heavenward.
|Source: Journal of the Louisiana Conference of the Methodist Church, Pages 113-114, 1949 by R. H. Harper.|