Tircuit, Joseph Alfred


Dec. 15, 1860 - 1907
Born December 15, 1860, St. James Parish. La. He attended the public schools of the parish, and when brought to the city, entered Leland University, where he proved to be quite an efficient student. He taught school for a number of years and was converted and joined Simpson Memorial Church under the pastorate of the Rev. T. P. Jackson.
While in Simpson he was a faithful and devout member and very active, he served every office in the church.
He felt the call to the ministry and was licensed by the late Emperor Williams, and recommended by the late James W. Hudson for admission into the Conference. He was admitted together with the following in 1889: Thos. A. Brown, Wm. Emmett, Joshua J. Obee, D. M. Seals, Stephen Tillmann and James Robinson.
He has served the following appointments: Greenville, Waggerman, 1 year: Jackson, 2 years; Scharenton, 1 year; Mansfield, 1 year; Wesley Chapel, Baton Rouge, 2 years; St. Paul, Shreveport, 5 years; Donaldsonville, 1 year; William’s Chapel, New Orleans, 1 year First Street, New Orleans, 3 years; Mt. Zion, 1 ½ years; his last appointment, when like a good soldier, he fell asleep in Jesus.
He was married April 22, 1889, to Miss Aline La Chaux, and six bright and happy children are the result of their union. Brother Tircuit was a kind and Christian father; he cared for his family, and was a dutiful husband. In matters pertaining to the Conference, he was always active and on the alert. His counsel and advice was always sought; as an attorney for the defendant he was unexcelled, and whatever side he served upon was certain of victory.
He served upon every committee of importance, and at his death was a member of the Lafon Old Folks’ Home Board; President New Orleans Preachers’ Meeting, and a member of the Local Board of Church Extension and Home Mission Society.
He was quite prominent as a parliamentarian; he was a member of the Mt.Lebanon Lodge, F. A. J., No. 20, of Shreveport, La. He leaves his widow and orphans a home and a handsome sum in the form of an insurance policy in the Methodist Minister’s Mutual Relief Association of Melrose, Mass.
Source: Journal of the Louisiana Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, 1907

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