| John Eugene Fellers|
(United Methodist clergyman in Texas and Louisiana)
|Born|| May 3, 1935 |
Washington County, Texas
|Died|| June 13, 2007 (aged 72) |
|Spouse|| Bobbie Smith Fellers|
John Eugene Fellers (May 3, 1935 – June 13, 2007) was a United Methodist clergyman for five decades who, among multiple assignments, served as a president of the private Methodist Lon Morris College in Jacksonville in Cherokee County in east Texas, which was auctioned off in bankruptcy in 2013.
Born in Brenham in Washington County, south of College Station, Texas, Fellers was a son of Russell Cone Fellers (1899-1963) and the former Ona Perry (1903-1998). Fellers was reared in Houston, at which he graduated from Stephen F. Austin High School. He graduated from the University of Houston and the Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. He was the organizing pastor of Clear Lake Church in Clear Lake City in the Houston metropolitan area and was the pastor of Sunset Church in Pasadena, Texas; St. Paul's Church in Houston, and the First Methodist churches in Shreveport and Alexandria, Louisiana. He was the executive director of the Institute for Religion and Health in Houston. He was an adjunct professor of preaching at the Houston Graduate School of Theology. He received an honorary doctorate from the historically black Wiley College in Marshall in Harrison County in east Texas.
Fellers authored three books: Getting to Know a Loving God, Secrets for Successful Living, and An American Cathedral: A Centennial History of St. Paul's Methodist Church, Houston.
Fellers and his wife, the former Bobbie Smith (born April 19, 1938), had four children, Stephanie Cary, the widow of Charles E. "Chuck" Cary, Jr.; Eugenia Wainright and husband Wilson, Terri Lynne Alley and husband Tony, and son Lawrence Russell Fellers and wife Elizabeth. There were nine grandchildren. Fellers died at Methodist Hospital in Houston at the age of seventy-two from complications of a stroke. His ashes were placed in St. Paul's Columbarium in Houston. His obituary calls Fellers "a voice for inclusivity and tolerance for all, he lived his life to serve God and to help others."