Shearer, Helen Kearney (Mrs. John Byars)


March 10, 1900 - February 18, 1937
Mrs. Helen K.srney Shearer, wife of the Reverend John Byars Shearer and the daughter of Mr.. Minnie Burnham Kearney and the late Edgar Reed Kearney, was born at Flora, Mississippi, March 10. 1900, and died at Shreveport, Louisiana, February 18, 1937. On August 14, 1924. she was united in marriage to the Reverend John Byars Shearer and to this union four children were born, Minetta, Irene, John Byars and Edgar, who, together with her husband and her mother and her brother survive her. Mrs. Shearer was educated in the city schools of Flora, Mississippi, and at Whitworth College. Very early in life she united with the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, and remained loyal to its teachings all her life.
Mrs. Shearer lived 37 years and for 13 years of her life was the wife of an itinerant Methodist preacher. She was well fitted for that place by home, training, education and native, ability. Her presence in her parsonage home was a benediction to all who entered it.
Each life has its peculiar characteristics. Mr.. Shearer will always be remaindered for her
loyalty, loyalty to home, to Church, to friend and to the right. There are other words that also describe the life of this good woman. Those words awe sincerity, positive ness, gentleness and loveliness. Never did Mrs. Shearer attempt to make a false impression. She was firm in her convictions which were always arrived’ at by having thought things through. White she. was positive in her convictions, gentleness and patience marked her attitudes. She was refined and elegant and her disposition was placid and sweet. The life of Helen Shearer had no blemish. It was as perfect as it was humanly possible for it to be. The presence of God in bet heart brought forth its fruit in her life and that fruit was a lovely character.
Helen Shearer was my friend. She and my wile were college mates, as her husband and I were. Their home and ours were almost like one and when the news of her going reached us our entire household was made sad.
When I was asked to have charge of her funeral service, I could think of no more fitting passage of Scripture than Revelation 14:13, “And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the ‘dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that that may rest from their labors; and their works do follow them.”
The funeral service was conducted at the Methodist Church at Gibsland, ‘Louisiana, by
the Reverend H. - M. Johnson and the Reverend Louis Hoffpauir and other ministers. Her body was taken to Houston, Missis-sippi the native city of her husband, for interment. ‘Services there were conducted by the Reverend J. Lloyd Decell and the Reverend W. 3. Dawson.
Surely a good woman has gone from among us.
Source: Journal of the Louisiana Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, Pages 108, 1937, by H. M. Johnson

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