Davies, Percival (1904-1990)

Transcription of obituary published in the Minutes of Conference

PERCIVAL DAVIES: born in the hamlet of Woodseaves, near Eardisley, Herefordshire, on 13th December 1904, as the youngest of five children. He first attended the local school and was later a pupil of Kington Grammar School. After a brief period working in a solicitor’s office, he was accepted as a candidate for the ministry for which he trained at Hartley College, Manchester. He served as minister in the following circuits: Colchester, South Molton, Camborne, Somerset Mission, Leominster, Wolverton and Bletchley, Knighton, and Prees Green. 

It was while he was at South Molton that he married Audrey Henman, the matron of the local hospital, on 1st January 1936. When Audrey died in 1943, leaving him with a four-year old daughter, Joan, he suffered a short period of breakdown. 

Later, in Bromyard, he met Iris Williams, whom he married on 7th November 1947. He retired early in 1962 due to ill health, and moved to Hereford, where he enjoyed having time for his hobbies and interests. He particularly appreciated the opportunity to sail, and was often to be found at the workbench in his garage engaged on engine repairs. He always valued his rural roots and often returned to the place of his birth, both to preach and to be a part of the place where he felt he belonged. He had a deep love of the country and as a minister enjoyed rural Methodism. 

He is remembered for his pastoral care and for his willingness to help those whom he had come to know through the years. With an alert mind, a keen sense of humour, a fund of anecdotes, he was, nevertheless, a quiet man who disliked fuss and ceremony. He died on 28th June 1990 in the eighty-sixth year of his age and the sixtieth year of his ministry.

Family

Percival was born on 13 December 1904 at Eardisley, Herefordshire, to parents Samuel Davies, an agricultural machinist (1911), and Margaret Ann Williams.

He married Audrey Henman (1901-1943) on 1 January 1936 at Brentford, Middlesex.

He married Iris F Williams on 17 November 1947 at Reading, Berkshire.

Percival died on 28 June 1900 at Hereford, Herefordshire.

Circuits

  • Hartley
  • 1930 Colchester
  • 1934 S Molton
  • 1937 Camborne
  • 1939 Somerset Mission
  • 1945 Leominster
  • 1948 Wolverton &c
  • 1951 Knighton
  • 1956 Prees Green
  • 1962 Hereford (Sup)

References

Methodist Minutes 1991/32

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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