Cole, Albert (1887-1957)

Transcription of obituary published in the Minutes of Conference

ALBERT COLE: born in 1887, at Blackheath (Birmingham), of Methodist parents, he became a preacher at the age of twenty, and a few years later following in his brother’s footsteps, he entered Hartley College to be trained for the ministry. Thereafter he served most faithfully in the following circuits: Kidderminster, Dawley, Whitchurch (Salop), Chester, Shrewsbury, West Bromwich, Birmingham, Oldbury, and Peterborough. 

During his ministry in the Kidderminster and Chester circuits, new churches were built. He retired in 1952 to the Portsmouth and Southsea circuit, where for several years he continued his pulpit ministry and encouraged and sustained the people. 

He was a quiet, modest, and thoughtful man, a sympathetic and wise counsellor, and a ministerial colleague who invariably became a valued friend. His gracious disposition secured for him a spontaneous welcome in the homes of his people. His preaching was of a high order. Sermons were carefully prepared, and were manifestly the result of prayer and thought. His knowledge of God in Christ was reflected in his character, his home, and his concern for others. His constant hope was that he might be used to bring others into the same knowledge. He died on 10th February 1957, aged seventy years, in the forty-fourth year of his ministry.

Family

Albert was born on 23 January 1887 at Blackheath, Birmingham, to parents William, a gas fitter, and Ann.

The 1911 census records Albert as an assistant PM minister at Skellow, Doncaster.

He married Laura Annie Hobbs (1889-1959) in the summer of 1917 in the Dudley Registration District, Staffordshire.

  • Geoffrey Albert H (1919-2006) – a pharmacy student (1939)
  • Laura M (b1923)
  • Clarence Stuart (1925-2005)

Albert died on 10 February 1957 at Portsmouth, Hampshire.

Circuits

  • Hartley
  • 1913 Kidderminster
  • 1917 Dawley
  • 1920 Whitchurch
  • 1925 Chester I
  • 1930 Shrewsbury
  • 1935 W Bromwich Queen St
  • 1940 Birmingham Small Heath
  • 1944 Oldbury
  • 1949 Peterborough
  • 1952 Portsmouth (S)

References

Methodist Minutes 1957/204

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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