Febraury 24, 1892 - November 16, 1938
|Peyton Benjamin McCullin, the son of Mr. and Mrs. N. M. McCullin, was born February 24, 1892, near Vienna, Louisiana, and died at Winnsboro, Louisiana, November 16, 1938. Thus his life’s span was little more than 46 years; but this brief outline does not indicate his value to his State and Conference. Though denied the privilege of a formal education, he was a close observer of things and men, was a thoughtful student of good books and thus overcame his early handicap, developing into a strong and useful preacher.
Brother McCullin was licensed to preach in 1921 and preached his first sermon at Salem, his home church. In 1923 and 1924 he served the Epps Charge as a supply; following this work he was admitted on trial to the Louisiana Conference and finished the course of study as required by the Discipline, in due time and was admitted into full connection in 1925. He served respective charges: Istrouma, 1925-26; Hall Summit, 1928-29-30; Ringgold, 1931-32-33, Plain Dealing, 1934-35-36-37; Winnsboro, 1938.
Peyton McCullin was a versatile preacher, having gifts and graces that made him acceptable in any pulpit; ready wit and devotion were his great traits of mind and heart. His evangelistic ability and zeal made. him a much sought after helper in revival meetings; he rendered a great service in his field to his Conference; also his ability to handle his own and the churches finances were very noticeable. Some churches will ever remember his splendid work in clearing them from burdensome debts.
Genuine at all times, Brother McCullin made many friends who gladly helped him in his work. That was one secret of his success. His sympathies were true and tender as they were refined by sorrow in his own life. When about 18 years old, he married Miss Ruth Kilpatrick, of Athens, La., who died within one year, leaving a baby, Louise McCullin, who now lives and teaches at Plain Dealing, La. His second marriage was to Miss Verna William-son of Hico, La., who died while Brother McCullin was supplying the Epps Charge, leaving two children, namely Bennie and Nellie Ruth, who is now Mrs. Wilton Braley, both living at Springhill, La. His last marriage was to Miss Clara Owens of Arcadia, La., who at present is making her home at Ringgold, La.
It was while on a visit to a home of sorrow that Brother McCullin was stricken. He was taken to a nearby clinic, Sunday afternoon and died Wednesday evening.
The first funeral service was conducted at Winnsboro, La., at 2 P. M. Thursday, by the writer assisted by Rev. Dana Terry, the local Baptist minister. The body was then taken to his home, 12 miles North of Arcadia. On Friday at 10 A. M. at Salem church the second service was held, and Rev. A. T. Pilgreen, pastor of Park-view Baptist Church in Shreveport, La., and a lifelong friend, spoke words of praise and comfort to a large throng of people from all parts of North and Northwest Louisiana. At the conclusion of the service in the church the Masons took charge and conducted the burial service at the grave.
Many and beautiful were the floral offerings on this occasion, attesting the love and friendship for our fallen brother. He expected to go to the annual Conference but instead was called to the Great Conference above.
We shall miss him but pray that God will bless his loved ones and raise up more preachers like him.
|Source: Journal of the Louisiana Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, Pages 108-109, 1939, by W. W. Perry|