Deeks, Cecil Geoffrey (1907-1999)

Transcription of obituary published in the Minutes of Conference

CECIL GEOFFREY DEEKS: born in Cambridge on 27th August 1907. He trained at Hartley Victoria College, Manchester, and served in the following circuits: Bristol IV and Kingswood, Ipswich Ropewalk, Berwick-on-Tweed, Blyth and Seaton Delaval, the Jamaica District, Acle, Walsingham, and Fakenham and Wells. 

He was an active supernumerary on the Isle of Sark in the Channel Islands District before finally settling at Glemsford in the Bury St Edmunds Circuit. He died on 24th September 1999 in the ninety-third year of his age and the sixty-eighth year of his ministry. ‘An unprofitable servant’ (Luke 17:10). At his own request there is no further obituary.


Cecil was born on 27 August 1907 at Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, to parents William Jeffrey, a postman (1911), and Adelaide Caroline.

He married Mary Charlotte (Lottie) Copnall (1904-1983) on 12 August 1936 at Queen Street Methodist Church, Ellesmere Port, Cheshire. Birth records identify three children.

  • Patricia M (b1938)
  • Judith Ann (b1941)
  • Gillian Elizabeth (b1942)

Cecil died on 24 September1999 at Glemsford, Suffolk.


  • Hartley
  • 1932 Bristol IV
  • 1933 Bristol Kingswood
  • 1934 Ipswich Rope Walk
  • 1936 Berwick
  • 1940 Blyth&c
  • 1944 Jamaica District
  • 1956 Acle
  • 1962 Wolsingham
  • 1968 Fakenham &c
  • 1972 Sark (Sup)


Methodist Minutes 2000/31

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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