Rev. T. J. Lites Sabine Parish, Louisiana
The subject of this sketch was born
at Forest Park, Clayton County, Georgia, January 17, 1859, and
spent his boyhood days on a farm with his parents, Daniel and
Sarah (Aikins) Lites.
He lived one year in Alabama and went
to Arkansas, in 1881, where he began teaching vocal music. In
the fall of 1883 he moved to Rockwall, Texas, and the following
year was married to Miss Mattie Atherton of that place. To this
union thirteen children have been born, twelve of whom are
He moved to Columbus, this parish in
1888, and has perhaps done more for the parish, in a musical
way, than any other man; has taught vocal music in this state
with splendid success.
In 1894 he was ordained to the Gospel
ministry by authority of the Missionary Baptist church at Fort
Jesup, and has been pastor of some of the best churches in the
Sabine and North Sabine Associations. In 1909 he gave up
pastoral work and became a missionary of the American Sunday
School Union and has been very successful as a Sunday school
He has resided in Ward Four, about
six miles from Many, for 22 years and has been an untiring
worker for the moral and material progress of the country.
Source: History of Sabine Parish,
Louisiana, by John G. Belisle, Sabine Banner Press, 1913.