October 25, 1876 - December 6, 1946
|John Andrew McCormack, was born in Gallatin, Tennessee, October 25, 1876, the son of William James McCormack and Frances Mathilda Mitchell McCormack. His summons from this earthly life to his eternal reward came at his home in Mer Rouge, Louisiana, December 6, 1946.
He was married to Nina Mae Carton of McComb, Mississippi, who survives him. To this happy union were born ten children, seven of which survive: John C. McCormack, Albuquerque, N. Mex.; Mrs. Harry Black, Hammond, La.; Mrs. W. A. Bowers, Alexandria, La.; James A. McCormack, Bastrop, La.; Mrs. N. A. Sampson, Baton Rouge, La.; Mrs. H. F. Schlicht, Dumant, N. J. Mrs. James H. Womack, Mer Rouge, La.
Brother McCormack received his education at Millsaps College and Vanderbilt University. He was an earnest student and reader of the best religious literature, all his days. His knowledge of Methodist history and doctrine gave him a deep understanding and loyalty to the Church, which he so happily served for forty years as a good minister of Jesus Christ. We have known few preachers who seemed to love the Church so much. With all his soul he believed in the divine call and use of Methodism, to fill a great place in God’s redemptive plan for the world. Out of this love and loyalty for his Church, Brother McCormack found a working philosophy of life, and was supremely happy in its ministry. From his pulpit, he radiated the inspiration of his soul, as he preached “the unsearchable riches of Christ.” He began his ministry in 1906, at Keener Memorial Methodist Church, Baton Rouge. Other pastorates which he served as a member of the Louisiana Conference, were as follows: Jackson, Greensburg, Ponchatoula, Franklinton, Merryville, Dubach, Many, Franklin (where he served with effectiveness and happiness for eight years), Ham-mond, Mer Rouge, and Abbeville, where he became permanently ill at the end of his fourth year; and came to Mer Rouge, where he lived in retirement, until his death.
As a close and devoted friend, we are glad to give our estimate of a most excellent Christian gentleman and Methodist preacher. He made friends easily, and kept them through the years. His was an attractive and neat personality, which made it easy for him to grace occasions in and out of the pulpit. Because of his friendli-ness, people readily brought to him their varied problems, and found in him understanding, sympathy, and the help, which they sought. We have known no sweeter devotion in the home. To him, the bonds of marriage and blood are sacred and permanent; and in these bonds as husband and father, he was happy.
“Servant of God, well done!
Thy glorious warfare’s past;
The battle’s fought, the race is won,
And thou are crowned at last.”
|Source: Journal of the Louisiana Conference of the Methodist Church, Pages 113, 1947 by W. H. Giles.|