Journal of the Central Texas Conference, Fourth Annual Session, Methodist Episcopal Church South Page: 42
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42 CENTRAL TEXAS CONFERENCE JOURNAL
of such as he shall live forever and ever. The world is better
because of his life; it seems poorer to us because of his death.
In fields where worthy work is done, in gatherings where
counsel is sought and wise plans laid, in social circles where
friends rejoice to meet, we will sorely miss Jerome Duncan.
But most of all he is missed in the lonely home, so long enriched
by his princely love. But we know where he is, and in Our
Father's Home above we will meet him in the sweet by and by.
SAMUEL J. RUCKER.
C. E. BROWN.
Charles Edward Brown was born in Macon, Ga., June 4, 1847.
His father, Col. John T. Brown, was one of the most wealthy
and highly influential men in the State. His mother, Mary
Ousley, was the daughter of a Methodist preacher. She was a
graduate of Salem, N. C., and was a woman of great talents. Up
to the time of her death she kept herself in touch with Latin,
Greek and other languages and read and understood them well.
From her childhood, she made it a regular practice to read her
Bible through each year. She retained her wonderful memory
and took delight in her studies up to the last of her life, which
closed with her eightieth year.
Brother Brown inherited many of the noble traits and excel-
lent characteristics of his mother. For a number of years he
was a student in the Georgia Military Institute, and from that
enlisted at the age of sixteen, in the Confederate army, in which
he served with distinction for two years.
On March 2, 1866, he was united in marriage to Miss Loe
Elam, at Americus, Ga. To this union were born four children,
two of whom are living.
In his nineteenth year he was happily converted, and at once
felt his call to the work of the ministry. His father had high
ambitions for his son and was deeply disappointed that he
should choose such a calling, but true to his conviction, Brother
Brown was licensed to preach in August, 1867, and joined the
South Georgia Conference in the Fall of 1868. When his father
found that he could not dissuade him from the ministry, he
then insisted that his son should make the best possible prepara-
tions for a large and useful ministry. Nothwithstanding this
urging for preparation, his father could not stand the strain
and took his room for three months. His wife, becoming uneasy
about him, sent for her "boy preacher" to come to see his father.
It was late in the afternoon when he received the message and
he hastily hitched his horse to the buggy and drove twenty miles
through the .cold and rain. He reached home near bedtime.
When his mother went into the room and said to his father,
"Our boy preacher has come to see us," he said, "I know it is
your custom to ask all ministers to pray in our home, but do not
ask him." Brother Brown went into the room to see his father,
sat down by his bed, and talked with him a few minutes. His
father said, "It is bedtime, son, and you had better retire to
your room." The son said, "Father, I should like to pray with
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Methodist Episcopal Church, South. Journal of the Central Texas Conference, Fourth Annual Session, Methodist Episcopal Church South, periodical, November 1913; (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth49826/m1/42/: accessed August 17, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Archives of the Central Texas Conference United Methodist Church.