Garner, Simon McClinton


March 15, 1881 - Dec. 16, 1937
Rev. Simon McClinton Garner was born March 15, 1881, in Amite County, Mississippi. His father died, and he was reared by his mother, Mrs. Jonica Johnson and stepfather, Mr. N. H. Johnson, where they lived in Clinton, La. The Rev. Garner was converted during the pastorate of the late William Emmette at the St. Peter Methodist Episcopal Church, Clinton, La., and at the age of thirteen years was called to the ministry. He began his supply work in 1908, and was admitted into the Louisiana Conference and or4ained an elder in 1917. His first marriage was to Miss Rozelia Bankston, of Clinton, who died June 18, 1918. To this union two girls were born. His second marriage was to Miss D. M. Nero, also of Clinton, La., June 19, 1919. To this union eight children were born.
Thursday, December 16, 1937, at 7:45 P. M., a tragedy that shocked the city of New Orleans and vicinity transpired, when an east-hound passenger train of the Illinois Central Railroad Company struck the car in which the Rev. S. M. Garner and his son, Asbury Anderson Garner, were riding, as they were returning home from the Kenner Church, where they had gone to hold service. Both were killed almost instantly and the car was completely demolished.
The Rev. Garner was considered .one of the able and successful evangelistic pastors of the Louisiana Conference, and for twenty-nine years he served faithfully the charges to which he was assigned, doing the work of an evangelist and making full proof of his ministry. He took his appointments as they were given him, and day and night served with a passion “to know nothing among men save Jesus Christ and Him crucified.
Among the charges he served were: Lodbell, Norwood, Rosedale and Shiloh, Jones Creek, Rylander, Springfield, Asbury, Zachary, and Albert, Hubertville, Jeanerette, Conrad, Boonville, Campti and Mt. Zion, Bastrop, Angie, and the last charge, Camp Parapet and Kenner, to which charge he was assigned by Bishop A. P. Shaw, November 7, 1937.
In the passing of the Rev. Simon M. Garner, a faithful husband, kind father, a loyal friends, a prince of the pulpit, a true and tried member of the Louisiana Annual Conference, and a victorious Christian has gone to his reward.
Source: Journal Louisiana Conference Methodist Episcopal Church, 1937

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