June 27, 1889 - 1940
|Robert A. Bozeman was born at Pleasant Hill, Louisiana, June 27, 1889. He was converted and joined the Methodist Church at Alexandria, Louisiana, when Rev. H. R. Singleton was pastor. His call to the ministry came early in life and at nineteen he was employed in this work. His first work was that of singer for evangelistic services and later became an evangelist. This work carried him over the states of Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas and Arkansas. He was many times ap-pointed Conference Evangelist.
Brother Bozeman was ordained Deacon in 1919 and Elder in 1924.
In 1920, at Shreveport, Louisiana, he was happily married to Miss Maxie Herrington of Huntington, Texas, Dr. George Sexton, officiating. To this couple were born four children—Mary Catherine now eight; James Richard, six; Martha Elizabeth, four; and Robert Ray, two. Brother Rozeman was very happy in his home life and greatly devoted to his precious family.
Some of the charges he served were Oil City, Epworth, Elizabeth, Ida and Hosston, Hornbeck, Ferriday, Farmerville, Oak Grove, Springhill and Ringgold. He was pastor at Ringgold when he was killed in a train wreck.
Many Methodists in Louisiana were led to Christ under this man of God’s preaching. Two ministers received their call to preach under his stirring evangelistic sermons. They are the writer and Rev. A. Frank Matthews of the Louisiana Conference.
Services for Brother Bozeman (Bob) were held in the last Church he served. The Ringgold Church was crowded to capacity by his many friends. Rev. D. B. Raulins and Rev. E. C. Gunn held the funeral. His fellow brethren in the ministry came from far and near to pay their last respects to their friend and brother. The Board of Stewards of the Ringgold Church acted as pall-bearers.
A noble pastor has fallen. He was loved and hated by many people. He never compromised with sin nor ceased to preach against it from his pulpit. He was courageous enough to stand for the right and against the wrong always.
While we miss Bob Bozeman and hold his family up to God for his blessings, yet we rejoice that the things Brother Bozeman stood for triumph over death.
|Source: Journal of the Louisiana Conference of the Methodist Church, Pages 89, 1940 by A.C. Lawton.|