June 20, 1861-May 12, 1931
|One of our comrades, who has gone in and out among us for many years, has fallen on death, ant! in his loss our Conference and Church are the poorer.
Rev. H. W. May was born in Prattville, Ala., June 20, 1861. Moving to Louisiana in early manhood, he was admitted on trial in the Louisiana Conference in December, 1885. He died in Zachary, La., May 12, 1931, being a few weeks under seventy years of age. His last appointment was Zachary, La., having been assigned to this charge by the Conference of 1926, and, at the following Conference in Baton Rouge, November, 1927, he was placed on the honor roll of the Conference, becoming a superannuate. Brother May fought being so placed, saying that he had been called of God to preach, and that this was his duty. He was fully convinced that before God he should not accept this relationship, and accepted it under protest. Frequently he talked with the writer, saying that God called him to preach and th~t this was his duty laid upon him. He was honest in this viewpoint, and not seeing his limitations, as age advanced was restless and unhappy in not having work.
Brother May was a true man, faithful in his work, devoted to his Church and loyal in his service to his God and Master. He studied the Word and bad much of it by heart, and was unusually apt in quoting passages of Scripture. Like most men, he had some individualisms, but with all his individualisms he was an excellent gentleman, a true Christian, a loyal churchman, and a faithful servant of God.
He was licensed to preach on October 31, 1885, Dr. Sawyer being hi~ pt~esid1ng elder, and was admitted on trial in the following December. He was received into the full connection at the Conference of January, 1888, ordained deacon that year, and elder the following year. He filled some of our leading appointments, and was a presiding elder for several years. In his death a loyal son of God went to his reward.
John F. Foster.
|Source: Annual of the Louisiana Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, Pages 86, 1931|