January 24, 1857 - March 13, 1947
|On the still quiet evening of March 13, 1947, as the sun moved below the distant horizon, a dear friend and faithful laborer of the Master, Rev. E. A. Dennard, slipped quietly away to live in that room prepared for him by Christ.
Brother Dennard was born January 24, 1857, and died March 18, 1947. He lived to be ninety years, one month, and nineteen days old. He was never married and since his retirement he bad lived in Gibsland with his niece, Mrs. Alma Byrd.
Reverend Mr. Dennard was a member of the former Methodist Protestant Church, having served in that communion for almost a quarter of a century, from 1911 to 1983. At this time he was forced to retire because of failing health. While active, he served almost every appointment in his Conference. In each church he was loved and respected for his undying faith in God. Not only was he loved by his parishioners, but by everyone who knew him. No one denied his faith and devotion an4 trust in God. On many occasions his prayers alone have been credited with many accomplishments. He prayed with the kind of fervor told of Bishop Asbury.
We miss Brother Dennard here in our community and church. We realize, however, that our loss is the gain of a better and brighter world for him, and we know that he is reaping his rich reward with the Father.
So in regard to his work here on earth we would quote from the pen of Charles Wesley:
Servant of God, well done!
Thy glorious warfare’s past;
The battle’s fought, the race is won,
And thou art crowned at last.
|Source: ournal of the Louisiana Conference of the Methodist Church, Pages 103-104, 1947 by J. P. Nelson, Sr.|