August 27, 1865 - August 25, 1945
|Rev. J. L. Lay was born in Tallahatcbie Co., Miss., on August 27, 1865, and ended his earthly Pilgrimage in Natchitoches, La., on August 25, 1945, only two days lacking of the four-score years. He made a profession of faith and joined the Methodist Church in 1901, under the ministry of Rev. Mr. Golden at Epps, Miss.
On April 19, 1902, at Hattiesburg, Miss., Rev. J. L. Lay and Miss Annie Black were happily united in marriage. His life-long companion and one daughter, Mrs. Wilma Camille Selffi of Leesville, La., survive him.
At the District Conference, convened in Brooklin, Miss., in 1902, and presided over by Rev. B. S. Rayner, Brother Lay was licensed to preach. In November o’ the same year he moved to Louisiana where he resided until his death in 1945.
After coming to Louisiana, Brother Lay continued as a local preacher and served acceptably for several years as a supply pastor, but eventually, in 1915, he joined the Louisiana’ Conference. His first appointment was Calhoun in the Monroe District, beginning a ministry that was ended With superannuation, and even beyond, for his retirement came while he was serving Campti Charge, and he continued there as a supply for four more years.
Brother Lay began with a definite religious experience and built his ministry upon that experience. He had a clear apprehension of Gospel truth, and in preaching presented it in a way that caught the attention, aroused interest and led to conviction. A faithful man, who made use of the talents God gave him, has gone to his reward, having served well among his brethren.
|Source: Journal of the Louisiana Conference of the Methodist Church, Pages 104-105, 1945 by N. E. Joyner|