January 8, 1868 - January 1, 1948
|Rev. E. 0. Hearne was horn in Jackson Parish, La. on January 8, 1868, and ended his earthly Pilgrimage in Chatham, La. on January 1, 1948.
He was converted and joined the Methodist Protestant Church when a boy, and became a devoted, loyal member of the Church. He secured his education in the schools of Louisiana, and for some time taught in the public schools of Jackson Parish, La.
He was licensed to preach and joined the Methodist Conference in the fall of 1897. Brother Hearne was an active Minister in the Louisiana Methodist Conference for 42 years, serving various churches in the Conference. He was elected and served as President of the Methodist Protestant Conference 9 years. This is perhaps the outstanding achievement of his ministry.
On November 20, 1888, at Hoods Mill, La. Rev. E. 0. Hearne and Miss Margreet Jordan were happily united in marriage. To this union God gave 14 children,. Six children, C. E. Hearne, Mrs. E. C. Gaskin, West Monroe, La.; Mrs. I. L. Gaskin, Mrs. J. K. Kennedy, Mrs. Lloyd Myers, Chatham, La.; and Rev. R. H. Hearne, Simsboro, La. remain to mourn his going; but their loss is Heaven’s gain.
It was my privilege to know Brother Hearne for many years. It was always a blessing to be in his presence, because of his radiant personality, and his great faith in God. To him Heaven was very real. He believed in and preached, “The old time religion.” He was’ a “soul winner for God.” Many will rise up in that day of days, and call him blessed.
No eulogy of this servant of God would be complete, that did not start with thoroughness, that quality worked its way through all his life. Whatever he did was well done. That opens the secret of his successful career. He had small patience with any service that was done slovenly. He himself obeyed, and he wanted others to obey the Bible command, whatsoever thy hand find to do, do it with all thy might. In the more sacred association of life, this spirit of thoroughness was translated into the Spirit of Loyalty. He was deeply devoted to his family, friends, to his Church, and to his God. He could say with the Sainted Apostle. I have fought a good fight, I have kept the faith. His earthly life has ended, real life begun, his battle fought, the victory won.
“There is a land of pure delight, where Saints immortal reign, infinite day excludes the night, and pleasure banish pain.”
|Source: Journal of the Louisiana Conference of the Methodist Church, Pages 110-111, 1948 by Rev. J. T. Garrett.|