Rev. Dr. Thomas Macaulay Babington III died Friday, Oct. 2, 2015. He was born in Franklinton, La. to Thomas Macauley Babington, Jr. and Selma Mafin Richardson. Tom served during the Korean War in the Coast Guard/Navy and later in the U.S. Army Reserve. He attended seminary at SMU and received his Doctor of Ministry from Vanderbilt. Serving as chaplain for the Department of Veterans Affairs in Brooklyn, Nashville, Dallas and Alexandria, La., he trained institutional chaplains through the Association of Clinical Pastoral Education. He also trained chaplains at Lady of the Lake Catholic Hospital, Baton Rouge and Jefferson Regional Memorial Center, Pine Bluff.
Pastorates served are St. John's UMC, Baton Rouge and Arkansas Conference United Methodist churches at Oil Trough, Hazel Edwards Memorial (Newark), and Bethel-Jacksonville. He was mentor to enumerable individuals over his 60+ year career.