Rev. Allan C. Oggs, Sr.
September 17, 1935 - September 22, 2007
Rev. Allan C. Oggs, Sr. was born on September 17, 1935 in New Orleans, Louisiana to Rev. and Mrs. Theodore A. Oggs, Jr. He passed from this life at Harbour Hospice on Saturday, September 22, 2007 in Beaumont.
He is survived by his wife of fifty years, Gwenelda; his son and daughter-in-law Allan, Jr. and Cheryl of Port Charlotte, Florida; his daughter and son-in-law, Debra and Greg Myers of Beaumont; his daughter and son-in-law, Jody and Dr. Chris LaFleur of Beaumont; his grandchildren, Clint and Monica Oggs of St. Benard, Louisiana, Greg Myers, Jr. of Beaumont, Maggi, Claire, and Grace LaFleur all of Beaumont; his great-grandchildren, Rayna, Ashton, and Meriska Oggs all of St. Benard, Louisiana. He was an ordained minister of United Pentecostal Church, International, and an active member of New Life Tabernacle in Beaumont.
His illustrious career was challenged from the very beginning. At birth, he was diagnosed with severe Cerebral Palsy, and was never suppose to walk, talk, or see. But the grace of God in his life enabled him to enjoy over fifty years of ministry, marriage, and family, during which he traveled and preached the Gospel all over the United States. He graduated from Kenner High School in Kenner, Louisiana in 1955. Surrendering to the call of God, he graduated from Pentecostal Bible Institute in Tupelo, Mississippi in 1958. He then served as Senior Pastor to churches in Port Sulphur, Louisiana, Beloit, Wisconsin, Kenner, Louisiana, West Helena, Arkansas, and Gainesville, Florida. His pastoral career was interrupted from 1970 until 1973, when he served as the Promotional Director of Youth Redemption – a drug rehabilitation effort at the World Evangelism Center in St. Louis, Missouri. Concluding his pastoring career, he served as the Executive Vice President of Jackson College of Ministries in Jackson, Mississippi from 1982-1986. During his tenure at JCM, he instructed thousands of young people in the techniques of ministry. Today, many of his former students serve in various ministerial capacities around the world. Upon leaving JCM, Rev. Oggs began and directed Pulpit Ministries for the next twenty-one years until a stroke incapacitated him in December 2006. His desire to the very end was to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ to anyone would listen.
He was a gifted speaker and prolific writer having many published titles such as: Today is the Beginning, You Gotta Have the Want To, You Gotta Get Up Again, and Closing Out – I Enjoyed the Campaign. He gained national media attention while appearing as a guest on Dr. James Dobson’s, Focus on the Family, radio broadcast when he shared his testimony of overcoming the effects of Cerebral Palsy by his commitment to Christ and steadfast determination.
He would argue that his greatest accomplishments were to love the Lord Jesus, his family, and friends more than any position he ever held. He was a “Prince of Preachers”, and he will be sorely missed by all who knew him.
Funeral service will be 2:00 p.m. Monday, September 24, 2007 at New Life Tabernacle Church with burial to follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Park. A gathering of family and friends will be from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. Sunday, September 23, 2007 at the Mortuary.