April 4, 1869 - December 1, 1924
|Andrew Jackson Bonnette was born in Jackson Parish, Louisiana, near the site of the town of Eros, on April 4, 1869. His parents were Daniel Bonnette and Sarah Murphy, both of whom passed away before he reached manhood. At the age of eighteen he was converted and became a member of the Methodist Church, but did not become active church work until he reached the age of twenty-seven. He entered the ministry of the Congregational Methodist Church in 1903, and in December 1908, with a number of other preachers who sought a larger field of usefulness, was received into the membership and ministry of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South.
His pastoral charges after that time were as follows: Hornbeck, 909-11; Sulphur and Vinton, 1912-15; Oberlin, 19616-17; Cotton Valley, 1918-22; Plain Dealing, 1923-24.
He was married to Miss Pearl Tyler at Pleasant Hill, La., December 6, 1891, and she was a most valuable helpmeet to him during all the years of his wedded life. Two children were born from this happy union, Mrs. William C. Hattie, of Shreveport, and Guy Bonnette, of Alexandria.
Brother Bonnette reached the Annual Conference at its last session in Crowley with one of the best reports of his ministry, having received upward of one hundred into the church during the year, and with a happy heart, but with an illness which made it necessary for him to undergo a surgical operation, from which he was unable to recover. He passed away in Crowley in early morning of December 1, 1924. His body was taken to Shreveport for interment. The funeral services were held in the Texas Avenue Church with the assistance and presence of twenty of his ministerial brethren.
The writer had the privilege of being his presiding elder in three different charges, and testifies from an intimate and affectionate acquaintance to the fact that Brother Bonnette was entirely consecrated to the call of Christ and the church, and loyal to the last limit. He was modest and unassuming, pure and guileless in character, yet, withal, strong and courageous. He held a firm grip on the affections of the various congregations he served, on one charge remaining beyond the time limit.
During his illness, though anxious to live, he expressed a perfect willingness to go if in that way the will of God might be wrought in him, and, as he neared the end, with his devoted wife by his side, he exclaimed, “Glory to God!”
Praise be thy new employ;
And while eternal ages run,
Rest in thy Saviour ‘s joy.”
|Source: Journal of the Louisiana Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, 1925, Pages 107-108, by R. H. Wynn.|