Pastor Lud Flanigan, Emeritus
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MANSFIELD, LA - Reverend Lud Flanigan, 93, retired pastor of Paradise Baptist Church, Shreveport, La. after 48 years of service, will be funeralized at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, April 6, 2013 at Morning Star Baptist Church, 5340 Jewella Road, Shreveport, La. Reverend Robert Hudson, pastor of Paradise Baptist Church, officiating. Interment will follow at Union Cemetery, Mansfield, La.
A Celebration of Remembrance will be held at 6:00 p.m. Friday, April 5, 2013 at Morning Star Baptist Church.
Lud Flanigan was the fourth child of the late Wash and Liza Joyce Flanigan. He was born on November 28, 1919 in a house on Oxford Road, located approximately five miles south of Mansfield, Louisiana. He passed away at 7:58 a.m. April 1, 2013 at the Bradford House in Shreveport, La, after a brief illness. Lud grew up with his siblings, two brothers (Robert and Wash) and two sisters (Maggie and Carrie Bell).
Lud accepted Christ in the early 1930's at the Mt. Olive Baptist Church, Oxford, Louisiana and was baptized by Rev. J. H. Fobbs, pastor. He joined the Mt. Olive Quartet and traveled around singing at different churches throughout the communities, believing that the Lord heard Lud's prayers as he was called to preach the gospel in August 1940 under Pastor Fobbs; there, he stayed and served for four years; thereafter, he pastored twelve churches: St. Joseph B.C. - Pelican, La, Gethsemane B.C. - Mansfield, La, St. Mark B.C. - Carmell, La, New Hope B.C. - Mansfield, La, Mose Chapel B.C. - Mansfield, La, St. Mark B.C - Mansfield, La, Antioch B.C. - Pleasant Hill, La, Mt. Moriah B.C. - Kingston, La, Mt. Zion B.C. - Kingston, La, Mt. Calvary B.C. - Zowelle, La, Paradise B.C. - Shreveport, La, Springhill B.C. - Coushatta, La, respectively.
Rev. Flanigan's education attainment, prior to Coleman's College of Theology years later, included completion of courses of study at Mt. Olive Church settlement school in Oxford, La. During this time, all public schools' educational studies and activities were held at church and the highest grade of achievement was seventh grade. He was asked by Rev. Fobbs and other senior pastors and ministers in the community to attend Leland College, a private religious school located in Baker, La., where he studied the Bible. He received a graduation certificate after completion. Also, he received an Honorary degree from Shreveport Bible College.
After several years, Rev. Flanigan realized that God was blessing him, but he had taken on more than he could satisfactorily handle, pastoring five churches. He was called to the now Paradise B.C. of Shreveport in August 1955. He resigned from all five churches to pastor Paradise.
While at Paradise his friends at Springhill B.C., Coushatta, La. persuaded him to become their pastor. After several years, he knew that Paradise needed him full-time, as it was a rapidly growing church, and he resigned as pastor of Springhill, devoting full-time services to Paradise. Pastor Flanigan organized a host of deacons, deaconesses, church officers, trustees and numerous members were added through baptism, letter and Christian Experience. In May of 1996, a new edifice was completed to accommodate the membership's growth.
After 48 years at Paradise, on January 4, 2004, Pastor Flanigan retired and left a legacy of leadership and a profound place in Paradise Baptist Church history. His ministry spanned more than 65 years.
Rev. Flanigan was very active in the local community for many, many years. He is responsible for carrying the first group of African Americans to sing at the First Methodist Church on Polk Street in Mansfield. When the Polio (also known as Poliomyelitis) epidemic reached its heights in the early 1950's Rev. Flanigan was asked to represent the DeSoto Parish's African-American community to attend a training conference in Tuskegee, Alabama to obtain information on the prevention and treatment of the disease. His delegation was charged with bringing the pertinent information from Tuskegee back to the local citizens in the Desoto Community. He was among a group of five African-Americans who were the first of their race to register to vote in Mansfield and DeSoto Parish in the early 1950's.
Lud was married to the late Dollie Short on October 8, 1929 and to this union, three sons were born. He was preceded in death by his parents, sisters, brothers, and grandchildren, one great grandson, respectively: April, Kenneth Ray, and Kenneth Ray Jr.
He leaves to cherish his memory - sons, Louis (Inell), Wilbert J. (Irene), and Roosevelt (Rosie); grandchildren - Tonya G. Washington (Perry), D'Shundra Jackson (Leman), Ramon Flanigan, Wilbert T. Flanigan, Rae L. Flanigan, Louis D. Haynes (Antiska); eight great-grandchildren; cousin Ruby Marshall. He will be sadly missed by a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives and numerous friends.
Purvis Funeral Home - Mansfield, LA (318) 872-6789
Published in Shreveport Times on Apr. 5, 2013