Fulton, Jessie Ben


January 16, 1878 - March 4, 1920
Rev. Jesse Ben Fulton .was born near Campti, La., in Natchitoches Parish, January 16,
1878. He was the son of Rev. Jesse Fulton, one of the pioneer preachers of Louisiana Methodism His mother, Lucie Hammett, came from a family noted for their piety, loyalty and devotion to the church. Having had such a noble parentage, be early made a profession of faith and devoted his whole life to the work of the church. He was educated in the public schools of our State until he entered Southwestern University at Georgetown, Texas. He was licensed to preach in 1903 at Shreveport, and served Plain Dealing as a supply during the year of 1904.
He was admitted on trial into the Louisiana Annual Conference at Lake Charles dur-ing
December 1904. His appointments as an itinerant Methodist preacher were as follows: In 1905 at Pineville; in 1906, 1907, and 1908, at Gilbert; in 1909 and 1910, at Sib-ley; in 1911 and 1912, at Greensburg; In 1913 and 1914, at St. Francisville; in 1915, 1916~ 1917 and 1918, at Baker; in 1919 and 1920, at Franklinton.
Brother Fulton was truly a servant of God, and he gave himself whole-heartedly to the great work of carrying the world forward to consummations the most sublime. His physique arrested attention and commanded respect wherever he went. He had a genial disposition without frivolous levity, and a dignified bearing without any austerity. His word was in demonstration of the Spirit and power. Upon his return from Conference last year, he came back with a holy enthusiasm for the evangelistic campaign and set to work immediately to put the Centenary plan in operation. He seemed to have had a firm grip on the fundamentals upon which themes he loved to discourse. His was not only a searching and awakening, but also a comforting ministry. The Kingdom, which is righteousness and Peace and joy in the Holy Ghost, was consciously set up within him. Frequently in the pulpit he exulted in prospect of the great things his Heaven-ly Father had in store for his children. The pulpit was his throne of power. By his preaching sinners were convicted, mourners comforted, believers edified, and many added unto the Lord. He had just reached the zenith of his power and was destined to reach a high level as a preacher.
He was taken with a violent cold, which soon developed into pneumonia, and then to the surprise of everyone, was suddenly removed. We like pictures of our friends taken when in health and at their best condition. So will we think of Brother J. B. Fulton. The memory of such a life is a blessed one to all of us.
His death, which occurred on March 4, 1920, was a shock to the entire community. Services were held in the parsonage home, at which time beautiful tributes were paid to him by resident pastors.
The body was conveyed to the family burying grounds and laid to rest in the Davis Spring Cemetery, near Campti, La. The funeral services were conducted at the Davis Spring Church by the writer, assisted by Rev. H. B. Thomason and Rev. F. N. Sweeney, in the presence of a large gathering of friends, neighbors and relatives.

“The stars shall fade away, the sun himself
Grow dim with age, and Nature sink in years;
But thou salt flourish in immortal youth,
Unhurt amidst the war of elements,
The wreck of matter, and the crush of worlds.”

Source: Journal Louisiana Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, 1920, pages 64-65, , by Albert S. Lutz.

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