Booth, Herbert (1892-1982)

Transcription of obituary published in the Minutes of Conference

HERBERT BOOTH: born in Sutton-in-Ashfield on 10th May 1892, a member of a large and devoted Christian family. As an able young preacher he heard the call to the ministry, was sent to Hartley College in 1915 with its exacting standards and was always thankful for the privilege of having been taught by Professor A.S. Peake. Although he never wore a clerical collar in his life, countless people came to hold him in high regard as a Christian leader and father in God. Not only his preaching but also his capacity for pastoral and administrative work were highly appreciated. He served in the following circuits; Docking, Stafford, Coalville, Hinckley, Pontefract, Leicester (Belgrave Gate), Coalville (second term), Leicester (Anstey), Walkden and Long Eaton. 

The esteem in which he was held is shown by the length of his service in many of the circuits. For fifty years he preached at the Chapel Anniversary of his home church, New Cross in Sutton-in-Ashfield. After retirement he lived in Cosby, near Leicester, for twenty-five years, continuing to help people through preaching and pastoral care, but without any embarrassment for his active colleagues. He gave constructive advice and encouragement to those who preached at Cosby. Through the years he was ably supported by his wife, Edith, herself an able pastor and peacemaker. After her death he suffered considerably from the frailties of old age, but overcame them, he claimed, through God’s grace. He died on 19th October 1982 in the ninety-first year of his age and the sixty-sixth year of his ministry.


Herbert was born on 10 May 1892 at Sutton in Ashfield, Nottinghamshire, to parents Thomas, a coal carter (1901), and Ellen. 

Before entering the ministry, Herbert worked as a shop assistant (1911).

He married Edith Green (1890-??) in the summer of 1921 in the Mansfield Registration District, Nottinghamshire. The 1933 Methodist Who’s Who records one son and one daughter.

Herbert died on 19 October 1982.


  • Hartley
  • 1917 Docking
  • 1919 Stafford
  • 1921 Coalville
  • 1925 Hinckley
  • 1932 Pontefract
  • 1935 Leicester Belgrave
  • 1937 Coalville
  • 1942 Leicester Anstey
  • 1947 Walkden
  • 1954 Long Eaton
  • 1957 Leicester (S)


Methodist Minutes 1983/56

W Leary, Directory of Primitive Methodist Ministers and their Circuits, 1990

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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