October 7, 1886 - October 15, 1946
|James Leonard Cary was born in Acadia parish, near Rayne, La. October 7, 1886. He grew to manhood in that locality, and received the elementary educational training in the public school of the parish.
He was converted to Christ and committed himself to the Savior and the church in the summer of 1907. He soon felt the call to the Christian ministry. In the fall of the same year he was licensed to preach in the Methodist Church. After further study and preparation, he was admitted on trial into the Louisiana Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, in the year 1912. During a part of the year following he was a student in school without pastoral appointment. He did the work required in the Course of Study, and in due time he was admitted into full connection in the Conference, and ordained Deacon in the fall of 1914. Two years later he was graduated from the Course of Study and was ordained an Elder.
August 14, 1913, he and Miss Vianna Le Doux were united in holy wedlock. To this union were born two sons: Willis and Harry. both of whom are now residing in Houston, Texas, and two daughters, Marguerite, now attending school in Chicago, Illinois, and Dorothy, who is with the mother in Beaumont, Texas
Brother Cady’s health failed and he was forced to ask for the superannuate relation in the fall of 1933. He moved to Crowley, La., where he made his home until recently. Because of failing health while the children were young this family had to suffer many privations, and they earned a livelihood the hard way. They were a loyal and loving family, and a credit to the community in which they lived.
After a long period of suffering his spirit departed for the home above, October 15, 1946, where there is neither sickness nor suffering, to join that innumerable band of God’s faithful children to enjoy the blessedness of perfect fellowship in the family of the Father world without end. He was an earnest child of God and faithful minister in his church, a devoted husband and father.
The brethren in the ministry of the church he loved and served for twenty-one years in the active ranks offer to his dear wife and children their heartfelt sympathy and prayers for their comfort in this time of their sorrow and for the under girding power of the Heavenly Father to strengthen and uphold them in this and every time of their need.
|Source: Journal of the Louisiana Conference of the Methodist Church, Pages 102, 1946 by Sidney A. Seegers.|