- April 23, 1922
|About five o’clock, April 23, 1922, James Henry Brown passed to his reward, after a lingering illness caused by paralysis. Brother Brown was born in Claiborne County, Alabama, July 22, 1849. He was seventy-two years, seven months, and one day old. He was con-verted when about eighteen years of age, and first joined the Presby-terian Church, but soon after became a member of the Methodist ~ Church and was licensed to preach on Moss Point charge, Seashore District, Mississippi Conference, in 1878, Rev. Charles Calhoun, pastor in charge, and Rev. Mr. Price, presiding elder. He served as a local preacher and colporteur, both in the Mississippi and North Mississippi Conferences He was admitted on trial and elected to deacon’s orders in the North Mississippi Conference, December 2, 1883, under the presidency of Bishop H. N. McTyejre. He was also elected to elder’s orders in 1889. He served the following charges in the North Mississippi Conference: Marietta, 1884; La Grange, 1885; Hickory Flat, 1886; Panola, 1887; Water Valley, 1888-89.90. He transferred to the Louisiana Conference December, 1890, and was stationed on the Evergreen charge in 1891; Many, 1892; Farmerville, 1893; Plantersville, or Bonita, 1894; Gansville, 1 895-96-97-98; Gibsland, 1899; Vernon, 1900; back to Gansville in 1901; Gilbert, 1902. His health failing him, he gave up his work in August and took the supernumerary relation in the Conference. In 1903 he went back on the effective list and was sent to Sibley in 1904. His health failing him again, he took the superannuate relation in the Conference, which relation he sustained until God took him.
No pastor ever served his people more unselfishly and untiringly than did Brother Brown. He was a man who possessed many splendid traits of character. He was loved by all who knew him, and especial1y by the children. When the Prince of Orange died, it is said, “The children cried in the streets.” When Brother Brown died the children, with others gathered flowers until they were literally banked on,, and about his casket. Brother Brown did not have the educational advantages that many have had; yet he lived a big life among those with whom he came in contact. He was cheerful and bright, always more thoughtful of others than of himself. His loyalty to his church was untiring, a constant attendant upon her services, thoughtful of his pastor and his family. There was constant sunshine in his life. He leaves to mourn his loss his devoted wife, three sons, Walter Brown, Jena, La., Reid Brown, Jonesboro, La., John Brown, of Hodge, La., and two daughters: Miss Edna Brown, of Los Angeles, Calif., and Mrs., Bessie Calloway of Jonesboro, La.
Brother Brown was a man of great faith in God. “Know ye not that there is a prince and a great man fallen this day in Israel?” 2 Sam. 3: 38.
|Source: Journal Louisiana Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, 1922, pages 93-94, by J. C. Price|