October 24, 1863 - March 23, 1944
|The life span of Hyder B. Thomason reached from the time of one great war to another—born October 24, 1863, in Arizona, Louisiana, he died March 23, 1944, at his home in Bayou Chicot, Louisiana; interment was in the Ferguson Cemetery of the neighborhood, his pastor, Rev. J. A. Jones, and Rev. R. R. Branton, D. S., officiating.
He was married April 22,1888, to Miss Ada Belle Bridges, a cultured lady of prominent family in North Louisiana, who survives him in age and feebleness. Of the two children, F. W. Thomason died four years ago at Bayou Chicot. The daughter, Mrs. J. H. Courtney, a teacher in the public schools, is a faithful member of the Methodist Church at Bayou Chicot. Eleven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, also a brother, R. L. Thomason of Haynesville, survive Brother Thomason.
Admitted on trial in 1896, ordained deacon in 1898 and elder in 1901, he had served 35 years when he retired, November 20, 1931—to reside in the home which had been purchased at Bayou Chicot. During his minis-try, he served Farmerville, Waterproof, Winnsboro, Bastrop, Clinton, Colfax, Boyce, Evergreen, Bayou Chicot and other charges. At several of these, he served a second pastorate. At the close of 1908, Brother Thomason transferred to the Oklahoma Conference and, after six years, December 1914, returned to the Louisiana Conference, from the West Oklahoma Conference.
Tall and straight, in his prime, with black hair and dark eyes, his serious mien gave way at times to a dry wit very amusing. When the writer asked him as to the correct spelling of his name, he replied that he should have had two s’s in his name, but they had only given him one. His people loved him—when the bright daughter of a family, that had just moved from the charge of which he was pastor, died, he was sent for and brought great comfort to the bereaved. The service that he rendered in his long ministry is seen in the type of charges that he served. His interest in the church continued after his retirement. Faithful in attendance upon the services and finding joy in greeting his breth-ren and having fellowship with them, his presiding elder and others found a pleasure in going his way. Christian gentleman, faithful pastor, and servant of God, well done! The writer, who had known and loved him from the writer’s childhood, esteems it a privilege to record the chief facts in his life and leave him, with the blessed assurances of the New Testament; in the fellowship of the Master he served here.
|Source: Journal of the Louisiana Conference of the Methodist Church, Pages 85-86, 1941 by R. H. Harper|