Fletcher, Thomas (1872-1942)

Transcription of obituary published in the Minutes of Conference

THOMAS FLETCHER (A): born at Lawley Bank, Shropshire, in 1872. He entered the Primitive Methodist Ministry in 1896, and was trained at Hartley College, entering the work first in Yorkshire and later in the West and Midlands.

He was a vigorous and thoughtful preacher; and made himself respected and loved as a faithful pastor. After his retirement in 1930 he gave devoted service to a circuit in Nottingham. His latter days were burdened with physical weakness as well as other trials, but all were bravely met and borne; his quiet faith in God standing out in the recollection of all who knew him. 

He passed to his reward on December 11, 1942, in the seventy-first year of his life and the forty-seventh of his ministry.

Family

Thomas was born on 17 February 1872 at Lawley Bank, Shropshire.

He married Sarah Elizabeth Glendinning (1878-1945) in early 1907 at Huddersfield, Yorkshire. Census returns and birth records identify four children.

Marjorie (abt 1909-1945) – married Harold Whiteley in 1933; a shop assistant at Woolworths (1939); married George Butler in 1940

  • Kathleen Glendinning (1910-1927)
  • Joan Glendinning (abt1913-1974) – married John L Flint, a plasterer’s labourer (1939), in 1937
  • Eric Gendinning (1915-1974) – a fruit porter in a chain store (1939)

Thomas died on 11 December 1942 at Nottingham, Nottinghamshire.

Circuits

  • Hartley
  • 1899 Filey
  • 1902 Southport II
  • 1904 Mirfield
  • 1909 Congleton
  • 1912 Stockport I
  • 1916 Blackwood
  • 1919 Radstock
  • 1922 Bristol V
  • 1926 Kimberley
  • 1930 Nottingham (S)

References

Methodist Minutes 1943/124

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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