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Floyd Mongemery Lucas, 1897-1994

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Floyd Mongomery Lucas was born September 25, 1897, in Augusta County. While at an early age of 16, the Rev. Lucas had acall to preach, but because of his poverty and hard times, it was 12 years before it happened. While working as a barber in Baltimore, Maryland, he attended a sunrise service. Following that experience he knew with God's help his dream would come true. In due time, he was at Westminster Theological Seminary studying theology and cutting the students' hair. Later on in life he became a student of The University of Science and Philosophy of Swannanoa, Waynesboro, Virginia.

The Rev. Lucas began his ministry in the Methodist Episcopal Church South of the Baltimore conference. He served 68 years as a fully ordained Methodist minister.

His first appointment in 1926 was at Collierstown. From there he went to Highland County, Va.; Petersburg, W.Va.; Stephens City, Va.; Shepherstown, W. Va.; then back to Virginia at churches in Marshall, Fairfax, Appomattox, Grace Church in Danville, McCanless in South Boston, Phoebus, Elkton, Shenandoah and retired at Riverton in 1966.

After retirement he moved to Appomattox where he preached for the next 25 years all over the county. The Rev. Lucas' first love was always evangelism and in all those years as a minister he never asked for a raise, and never had a loss in membership. He was a Christian gentleman in spirit and conduct at all times and in every circumstance. He was always interested in his fellow man and shared a deep concern for all persons. He had a deep sense of the presence of God.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Ida Byrd Lucas. He is survived by a daughter, Mary Lucas Haley; a son, Wesley Lucas; and four grandchildren.

Funeral services were held April 29, 1994, at Memorial United Methodist Church, Appomattox. Burial was held in Riverview Cemetery in Waynesboro with Masonic Rites.

-Mary L. Haley



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