April 6, 1841 - Jan. 11, 1907
|Charles T. Munholland was born in Yazoo County, Miss., April 6th, 1841, and died at his son’s home (Jno. M. Munholland) in Monroe, La., January 11, 1907. He was sixty-six years and ten months old. He was educated in the common schools in the county where he was born. Then finished at Lexington, Ky. He was married to Miss Salome Randell, August 21, 1857. She died in 1893, leaving two sons and a daughter. On April 10, 1895, he married Miss Susie May of New Orleans, who survives him. Brother Munholland moved to Louisiana in1857. In early life he was a merchant, then a farmer, then a pilot.
In 1872, under the ministry of Rev. M. C. Manly, he was soundly converted. For several years he preached as local preacher. He was admitted on trial into the Louisiana Conference in 1879. He served the Castor Circuit in 1880; Webster Circuit, 1881; Sparta Circuit, 1882-83; Rayville and Girard, 1884-85-86; Floyd Circuit, 1887; West Monroe Circuit, 1888-89-90; Tulip Circuit, 1893; Columbia, 1894; LeCompte Circuit, 1895; Pelican Circuit, 1896, Lower Coast Mission, 1897; News Orleans City Mission, 1898-99; Jeanerette, 1900-1901; Delhi, 1902-03-04; West Monroe, 1905; Mer Rouge, 1906. He endured hardness as a good soldier, and became an acceptable pastor, filling with faithfulness and a good measure of success these appointments. He volunteered and supplied the Lake Providence charge when the epidemic of yellow fever came upon that town during the absence of its pastor. Day and night he ministered to the sick and dying during that dreadful scourge. Brother Munholland, having been trained as a soldier, became a loyal; and courageous itinerant minister.
His conversion was an event that transformed him, and his religion was whole-souled and demonstrative in a large measure. His social disposition was permeated with religious fervor and contentment, always accepting the privations of the ministry with confident cheerfulness that was a model. During his illness while he awaited the coming of the end, he repeatedly spoke of his confidence and faith in Christ; of his certainty of passing to a glorious reward. “I am in ready and waiting for the messenger,” he said. He wrote to his friend and brother in the ministry. “I will soon be at home with my Saviour.”
Brother Munholland was one of our most courageous ministers; loyal to every order of his Conference, and the laws of the Church; full of deepest sympathy for those in sorrow or trouble. When superannuated he said, “It is the hardest appointment I ever received.” He longed to be still at work. His genial spirit is missed at our annual gatherings. His beaming face, when happy at our Conference love feast, we shall see no more, but his sterling qualities will never be forgotten, and the I press of his character abides with us. Many will rise u p in the last day to call hi blessed who were saved through his ministry. His was no idle talent, but utilized to the limit of his resources. He spent himself for the advancement of his Lord’s Kingdom. All was laid on the altar for service when he entered the ministry and never was there regret, turning aside or looking back after he had put his hand to the plow. He wrought to the best of his ability and the reward of the faithful servant is now the accomplished fact with him. His clear, strong faith, the personal joy over conscious forgiveness of sins, his social, cheerful spirit, full of Christian hope and contentment, and his willing, ready response to the call to fill the hardest circuits in his Lord’s service, will abide an example worthy of our emulation. May the gracious comfort of the Holy Spirit be ministered to his loved ones.
|Source: Journal of the Louisiana Annual Conference, Methodist Episcopal Church, South, 1907, Page 63, by S. W. Keener.|