July 19, 1844 - April 26, 1898
|Enos B. Foust was born in Lafayette County, Mississippi on July 19, 1844, and died at his home in Rayne. Louisiana on April 26, 1898, aged 53 years, 9 months and 7 days. He was the son of William and Eveline Foust, who were Christian parents, and trained him in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. He joined the M. E. Church, South, in his thirteenth year as a seeker of religion, and the following year ‘was happily converted. In 1871, lie was admitted on trial in the traveling connection in the Memphis Conference and appointed junior preacher on the Holly Springs Circuit. At the close of that year lie was transferred to the Louisiana Conference, where he filled acceptably the following appointments: Big Cane in 1873, Lake Charles in 1874 and 1875, Simsport in 1876, Abbevllle from 1877 to 1880, Mooringsport in 1881, South Bossier in 1882 and 1883, North Bossier from 1885 to 1888, Fort Jessup in 1889, Oak Ridge in 1890. At the close of this year, on account of his hopeless condition, he was granted a su-perannuated relation, which relation he sustained until God called him from labor to refreshment.
Brother. Foust was a soldier in the Confederate Army, in which he did good and faithful service. He was wounded and taken prisoner and from the terrible suffering endured in prison his leg had to be amputated. In 1890, his other leg became diseased, and after much suffering be had to have it amputated. With almost superhuman courage he submitted to the surgeon’s knife for the second time without a murmur; and through divine grace he was sustained through it all. With both legs taken off above the knee be was forced to use a wheelchair for getting about the balance of his life, yet he succeeded in supplementing a living by his energy and good management. This was with great difficulty, yet he was never heard to murmur or complain. Through his affliction he was brought into a closer relation with Christ. He kept up regular appointments for preaching and his preaching was with power, and doubtless very many souls were led to Christ by his ministry. He was always an earnest and acceptable preacher. He was faithful in every line of itinerant work, as his reports to the Annual Conference show.
Brother Foust was twice married, to Miss Edith Bihm on April 1, 1875, she living only one short year and a half. Then, on the 3rd of November 1880, he was married to Miss Adelia M. Harkens by Reverend J. M. Johnston. There were no children by the first marriage. By the second there were seven children born to them, five of which are still living, who, with their broken-hearted Mother, mourn this irreparable loss of their father. His holy anti faithful life assures us of his triumphant entrance into the city of “many mansions,” and from the Master he has doubtless received the welcome plaudit, “Well done, good and faithful servant.” God takes the workmen, but still he carries on the work.
|Source: Journal of the Louisiana Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, December 1898; Page 36: By John A. Miller|