Oct. 17, 1842-Dec. 16, 1928
|Rev. Robert Randle, son of Rev. Richmond and Mary Ann Scott Dorsey Randle, was born at Natchez, Miss., Oct. 17, 1842; his parents moved to Minden, La., when he was five years old, where he spent his boyhood; he received his primary education in the neighborhood school, later entering Homer College, then the property of the Louisiana Conference, pursuing his studies there until the outbreak of the Civil War; he enlisted in the 12th Louisiana Infantry, was transferred to Forrest’ s cavalry, and later was furloughed on account of sickness following the measles, and the war ended before he could rejoin his command. His father having died in the army, he, with his mother, brother and sister, removed to Bastrop, La., where he farmed two years.
He was converted and joined the Methodist Church in his boyhood; he felt the call to preach and was licensed by the Quarterly Conference of Bastrop Circuit and recommended for admission on trial. He was admitted on trial in the Louisiana Conference at New Iberia, La., December, 1868, and was appointed to the Ouachita Circuit for the following year. He was fifty years in the active work, serving the following charges and districts: Farmerville Circuit, 1870-71; South Bossier Circuit, 1872; North Bossier Circuit, 1873-75; Mooringsport, 1876; Shreveport District, 1877-SO; Natchitoches Circuit, 1881-82; Delhi District, 1883-86; Homer District, 1887-90; Homer Circuit, 1891; A1~xandria, 1892; Caddo Circuit, 1893.94; Summerfleld Circuit, 1895-96; Melville and Big Cane, 1897; Melville and Rosedale, 1898; Simmesport, 1899; Franklinton Circuit, 1900;. Baker Circuit, 1901-02; Greensbnrg Circuit, 1903-04; Downsville Circuit, 1905-06; Lisbon Circuit, 1907-4)8; Vernon Circuit, 1909-10; Cotton Valley Circuit, 1911-12; Mangham Circuit, 1918; Eros Circuit, 1914; Harrisonburg Circuit, 1915-16; Farmerville Circuit, 1917-18. He superannuated In 1918; after his superannuation he served the Crew Lake and Bonita charges as a supply. He was ordained deacon by Bishop Doggett in January, 1871, and elder by Bishop Pierce in January, 1873.
He was happily married January, 1870, to Miss Pauline Glass, who was a loving wife and a real helpmeet; she preceded him to the heavenly land seventeen years. Six children were born to this union, two of whom died in infancy; Robert 0. Randle, deceased, and Pauline Randle, who was a missionary to Korea and died there in 1925, and two surviving, Mrs. 0. 0. Ross of Lake Charles, La., and Richmond Randle of Memphis, Tenn. He passed to his eternal reward from the residence of his son in Memphis, Tenn., on Dec. 16, 1928. Services were held in Memphis by Rev. W. C. Barham of the Memphis Conference. His remains were carried to Minden, La., and tenderly laid away by the side of his wife, the burial service being held by Rev. L. I. McCain.
He was associated with such choice spirits as John Pipes, Joel T. Daves, John T. Sawyer, George M. Liverman, James M. Brown, Charles W. Carter, S. Halsey Werlein, Thomas H. McLendon, John F. Wynn, Thomas B. White, Benjamin F. White, J. F. Scurlock, James L. Wright and Benjamin F. Alexander.
He was the first chairman of the first Board of Church Extension organized In the Louisiana Conference. He was on the examining committees on the Conference course of study for a number of years.
At the time of his death Brother Randle was the nestor of the Louisiana Conference. His name was the first on the roll of our Conference. It was with some propriety that this man of many winters, and whose life had been projected far Into the winters of life, should be placed in his final earthly resting place during the winter season and on a typically winter’ s day. He was burled by the side of his wife, who for many years had been his companion and co-laborer and who had for some years preceded him to the heavenly kingdom. It was my privilege and honor to officiate at the service that celebrated the close of his earthly mission. “Precious in the sight of the Lord.” They will have dominion in the morning.
Leon I. McCain
|Source: Annual of the Louisiana Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, Pages 115-116, 1929|