August 29, 1829 - December 31, 1901
|Reverend Marcus C. Manly was born in Dinwiddie County, Virginia on August 29, 1829, and died in Rayne, Louisiana on December 31, 1901. At seven years of age he gave his heart to God, and thus early entered into the service of his Master.
At the age of eighteen, he was licensed to preach under William Moore, as Presiding Elder, in Camden County, Arkansas, and received his first appointment under L. P. Lively on the El Dorado Circuit. In November 1858, he was appointed to Arkadelphia and organized it as a station. It was here that he was married to Miss Martha Amis, who for a little more than thirty years bore with him the burdens peculiar to the itinerant life in those days.
His fields of labor were as follows: Arkadelphia, 1858-‘59; DesArk, 1860-‘61; Little Rock, 1863-’64; El Dorado 1865-’66; Lafeal, 1867; Warren, 1868-’69; Hampton, 1870-’71; Mansfield, 1872-’74; Bastrop, 1875-’76; Minden, 1877- ’78; New Iberia, 1879 -’80; Opelousas, 1881-’82; Washington, 1883; Lake Charles, 1884-’85; Rayne, 1886; Abbeville, l887- ‘88; Lafayette, 1889; Algiers, 1890-’93; superannuated 1894-’95; Washington, 1896; Rayne, 1897.
In January 1890 he was married to Miss Carolina Amis who comforted him during his declining years. In 1897 he was again superannuated and retained that relation until his death.
Brother Manly was very early afflicted with blindness, which, according to his account, had its material effect on his entire career. But though blind, through the assistance of his faithfu1 wife, he acquainted himself with the standard theological literature of the Methodist Church. He committed the entire New Testament to memory and a large portion the Old Testament scriptures, and thus made himself a workman that needed not to be ashamed.
Brother Manly was a man of very strong convictions on the doctrines of justification and the new birth, total depravity and full salvation, and the witness of the Spirit to divine sonship.
His manner of life was positively above reproach. He observed scrupulously rules which men of weaker character would have counted fanatical. His rigidness of character and long experience in the ministry prepared him to be a safe and wise counselor for younger men in the ministry. His advice was always on the safe side of every doubtful question.
His last illness was one of extreme physical suffering, but a time of great spiritual triumph. He seemed to know from the time he was first stricken that it would be his last suffering in the flesh, and his constant desire was that he might go and be with Christ. In the midst of his intense suffering he was constantly repeating promises from the word of God, which had been his meat and drink for so many years. His death was a triumph. As he passed through the valley of the shadow it was not dark for him. He has not served God for naught. His long dimmed eyes now gazed upon his Father’s face, and his hand was in God’s hand, and he passed through comforted by the rod and the staff of his Father. Heaven was very real to him. He spake of it not as some far-away region, but as just across the line, where it would take but a step to gain it. He fought a good fight, finished his course, kept the faith, and has gone to his reward.
|Source: Journal of the Louisiana Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, 1902; Pages 70-71 by H. N. Brown and J. F. Wynn|