c.1875 - 1935
|In the passing of our friend and brother, Rev. C. C. Wier, the Church has lost a most noble soldier of the cross. It was my good fortune that our boyhood days were spent together. His family moved into Avoyelles Parish in his early boyhood and my father moved on an adjoining plantation at an early date. We attended grammar and high school together, and also in college in Keatchie, Louisiana. I have always known him to be a true and loyal friend and there was no living man that I trusted more.
In his early manhood he was a successful principal of the. high school in Evergreen, La., for several years. Here he met Miss Virgie Ewell, a daughter of Mr. John Ewell, one of Avoyelles’ successful sugar planters, and later married her. He joined the Methodist Conference in 1896, and was considered by all who knew him as one of our most success-ful pastors. He held many important places in our Conference; among these he was presiding elder, for a term, of the Alexandria District. However, his outstanding work was the founding of the Orphanage, which, I believe, was of his own planning. He succeeded in 1907 and 1908 in getting it located in Ruston and a building started. Later he relinquished the work to Brother R. W. Vaughan, and we now have a great institution that we are proud of.
Brother Wier possessed the high qualities of a Christian experience and through his ministry he made hosts of friends, not only among strong businessmen, but also among young people, and his big heart always went out to little children.
While in Algiers, as pastor, he lost his wife and for several years. was very lonely, but the Conference in 1932 returned him to Franklin, La., for a second pastorate there, and, during the first year of his ministry he married Mrs. Mary McKerrel Cross, a resident of Franklin and a member of one of the prominent old Louisiana families. He was always happy in his work but I found him, on my visits to him, in his home in Franklin most happy and hopeful. His late illness, was not prolonged, but on coming to the Touro Infirmary in New Orleans it was found that an operation was necessary; some days after, when be seemed to be getting well, his heart gave way under the strain and shock and he passed on to his reward. I shall always count it a very special privilege that, when I called to see him on the morning he was to be operated on, I found, on listening at the door, he was just beginning his morning prayers with his wife and The nurse present. I quietly stepped inside and he looked up and said, “Sit down, John, I am glad you are here.” At the conclusion of the reading he asked me to pray, but said, “John, it is all well with me, so just praise the Lord.” While he has passed to the realms we cannot now reach, our faith teaches us that he is not far away, and his example in the ministry should encourage us to a larger trust, a greater loyalty, and a certain’ assurance in Him who hath redeemed us.
May we as brethren look forward to meeting him in the eternal Conference where time and place play no important part.
|Source: Journal of the Louisiana Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, Pages 77-78, 1935, by J. G. Snelling|