Rev. Millard Thompson Doughty Biography
Submitted by Grandson Joe Doughty
Rev. Millard Thompson Doughty was born on September 4th, 1887,
to Doctor Lewis Doughty and Mary Lou Miles. The Doughty family was one of the
pioneer families of Catahoula Parish. On February 19, 1911, at the age of 23
he married Gussie May Wright at the residence of Mr. & Mrs. G.W. Wright.
The Rev. R. B. Roberts, a BaptistMinister, performed the ceremony.
Thompson and Gussie Doughty raised seven children at their home about two miles west of Manifest, La. Their children included Ruby Gladys Doughty (1914), Millard Truett Doughty (1916), Joseph Eldon Doughty (1919), Mary Mae Doughty (1921), Fannie Doris Doughty (1925), Herbert Hoover Doughty (1928) and Ethlyn Louise Doughty (1930).
Bro. Doughty was ordained a Southern Baptist Minister in May of
1921. For 32 years he was an active pastor in the east central section of Louisiana.
The following churches were blest by his pastoral ministry: Old Catahoula, Linsecum,
Lone Star, Beech Creek, Fellowship, Parhams, Wallace Ridge, Lake Lilly, Oak
Grove at Rineheart, Pisgah at Manifest, Aimwell, Spring Ridge and Kelly. In
some of these churches he served as pastor on more than one occasion. To the
modern day preacher this would seem to be a long list of churches, but it is
to be remembered that when Bro. Doughty began his ministry there were no full
time churches and preachers were few in number. It was necessary that one pastor
serve several churches at the same time. Little do most of us realize today
how man privations the minister of the gospel experienced in those days that
are gone forever. Bro. Doughty, like so many other preachers of his day, often
times rode horseback through the woods where there were no roads in order to
preach to these churches. He helped build, literally from the ground up, Oak
Grove Baptist Church at Rineheart, Aimwell Baptist Church, and Pisgah Baptist
Church at Manifest. Rev. Millard Thompson Doughty was a student of the Word.
Without the benefit of formal education, he schooled himself in the study of
the Bible. The doctrines of the faith were as familiar to him as to those who
spent years in preparation and study. He also kept abreast of the time and was
a loyal supporter of Southern Baptist work.
Millard Thompson Doughty passed form this life and went to be with our Lord on November 8, 1954 at the age of 67 years. He was remembered as a faithful servant of our Lord Jesus Christ. He is buried by his wife, Gussie May Wright Doughty in the Heard Cemetery at Manifest.
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