Nesom, John Dunn


November 8, 1877 - July 11, 1940
On the morning of July 11, 1940, the spirit of John Dunn Nesom was released from the body and took its flight into the great beyond. He was the son of Geo. W. and Belle Turner Nesom and was born at Watson, Livingston Parish, Louisiana, on November 8, 1877. The end came in Rayville, La., as the result of a paralytic stroke suffered a few days before his death and which resulted in unconsciousness from which he never recovered. For nearly thirty-nine years he was an itinerant preacher in the Louisiana Annual Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, serving various charges throughout the Conference.
He was three times married. On September 26, 1897, he was married to Miss Catherine Chambers Jones, who preceded him to the grave on August 21, 1926. To this union were born ten children, five sons and five daughters. Two of the Sons died in early life. All the other children have lived to years of maturity, and still survive.
In April 1927, he was married to Mrs. Lola Copenhaver Hunter, who passed away on July 27, 1985. He was again married on Decem-ber 27, 1986, to Mrs. Mattie C. Hampton, who still survives.
Brother Nesom was converted in early life and soon answered the call to preach. He was licensed at Amite under the administration of Dr. F. N. Parker as Presiding Elder. At the session of the Louisiana Conference held in New Iberia in December 1901, he was admitted on trial and was appointed a student in the Greensburg Fitting School. He was admitted into full connection in Lake Charles in December 1904. He served the following charges: Prudhomme, four years; Indian Bayou, two years; Sulphur, four years; Gneydan and Abbevllle, four years; Lake Arthur, two years; Eunice, one year; Oak Grove, three years; Mangham, three years; Rayville, one year; Mer Rouge, four years; Oakdale, two years. At the session of the Conference held in Monroe in 1931 he took the superannuate relation, in which he continued until the session of the Conference in Shreveport in 1937, when he was again placed on the effective list and appointed to the Natalbany charge in the Baton Rouge District, where he served for one year. He was then appointed to Denbamn springs. At the Conference Session of 1939 he was given the superannuate relation because of impaired health. This broken condition was a result of a stroke of paralysis suffered in February, 1986, while serving as a supply at St. Francisville. This was during his first period of superannuation.
John Dunn Neson was a man of native ability. While he did not have early educational advantages, he was a good preacher and was possessed of qualities that gained for him friends in the way of life. I knew him in my early years and was associated with him in the first revival meeting I held. During that meeting he was diligent in visiting among his people and in seeking out men, women and children, endeavoring to relate them to the church and the kingdom of God. For four years he was the pastor of ray father and mother, who held him in high esteem.
.The last rites were held in the Methodist Church at Mer Rouge, where he had served for four years. These services were conducted by the writer and others of his brethren. In attendance were friends from various charges that he had served in that section of the Conference. His remains were reverently interred by the side of the wife of his earlier years in the cemetery at Oak Ridge, Louisiana. As Rosetti writes:-
“Who would wish back the saints upon our rough
Wearisome road?
Wish back a breathless soul
Just at the goal?
My soul praise God
For all dear souls which have enough.”
Source: Journal of the Louisiana Conference of the Methodist Church, Pages 89-91, 1940 by W. L. Doss, Jr..

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