Benjamin C. Stegall laid his armor down on the tenth of June 1860, in his forty-sixth year, and bade farewell to the toils and strifes of earth, to wear the victor’s crown and enjoy that rest that remains to the people of God. Brother Stegall was a native of Jasper County, Georgia, where he embraced religion when quite a youth. He died on the same night of the week, and near the same hour in which he embraced religion, in an upper room of his father’s house. His brother, J. W. Stegall, and his brother-in-law were present on that occasion, and were present when death accomplished his work on his mortal body.
He remarked to them, a few days before his death, that the same Jesus who converted his soul, in the State of Georgia, was with him still. A friend says: “I made his acquaintance in 1847, in Ouachita Parish, where he lived and died. From that time we were intimate friends. He was one of our best men. He had a heart to weep with those that weep, and to rejoice with those that rejoice. He had a word of comfort for all that applied, and many will call him blessed in the great day of accounts. He won the esteem and confidence of all classes. He had exalted views of the Christian religion. He was an acceptable preacher.” This friend was with him during his illness, and at the closing scene, when the chill of death was upon him, he asked him if his faith was unwavering. He replied: “Certainly, Brother W., how could it be otherwise?” Thus the good man died, full of faith and hope.
Brother Stegall joined the traveling connection in the Mississippi Conference about the year 1837, traveling some six or seven years, and located for a season. He was readmitted in the Louisiana Conference in 1855, and has been traveling ever since. At the time of his death he sustained a supernumerary relation.
|Source: Journal Louisiana Conference Methodist Episcopal Church, South, 1860|