1886 - November 8, 1915
|Walter Albertus Hoffpauir was born in Lafayette Parish, La., in the year 1886. He died Monday, Nov. 8, 1915, and was buried in the cemetery of the old home church— Bethel, on the Indian Bayou charge, near Rayne,. La.
Walter Hoffpauir was converted in childhood, and he became a member of that church which has numbered many stanch men of his name in its membership and Its ministry.
He spent some time in Centenary College, and, as his preceptor then, the writer can speak, in highest terms, of his good deportment, close attention to study, and susceptibility to the ideals and traditions of the old school, which has left such an impress upon many of our ministry. He also spent one year at Millsaps College.
In the year 1909, his gifts, grace and usefulness were deemed sufficient to open to him a field of larger service in the Church, and he was licensed to preach. It was the desire of Brother Hoffpauir to enter the Conference at once, but he felt it to be his duty to remain at the old home, and look after the interests of his widowed mother. After her death, he asked for admission into the Louisiana Conference, and at Crowley, December 1913, he was admitted on trial. Bishop Candler appointed him to the Port Vincent Charge, Baton Rouge District. His report to the succeeding Conference snowed a substantial gain in the membership of the charge entrusted to him.
At Shreveport, December 1914, having passed the examination, he was advanced to the next class. Having been a local preacher six years, he was elected to deacon’s orders, and was ordained by Bishop Candler. At the Shreveport Conference, he was appointed to the Covington Charge, which he was faithfully serving at the time of his death.
Such are the main facts in the life of this faithful man of God. He said during the closing hours of his life, “My work is finished,” and those who knew, and loved him best, believe that God’s benediction rested upon the life of his servant. And in Brother Hoffpauir’s words, we are reminded of another, who, having fought a good fight, having finished his course, and having kept the faith, wrote to Timothy of a crown of righteousness awaiting the faithful. We sorrow with his wife and little son, and unite others who were very near to him, but we sorrow not as those who have no hope.
|Source: Journal Louisiana Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, 1915, page 60.|