Goodall, Arthur Ernest (1873-1937)

Transcription of obituary published in the Minutes of Conference

ARTHUR ERNEST GOODALL: born at Whitehaven sixty-four years ago, the son of a Primitive Methodist Minister, passed suddenly and unexpectedly into the Homeland on December 30, 1937, having served in the Methodist Ministry nearly thirty-eight years. Entering Hartley College in 1899, he afterwards travelled in twelve circuits before retiring in 1934. 

Ever an eager student of English literature, in these realms he was widely read and developed a lucid and attractive style. Kindly of heart, deeply sympathetic, with a large and tolerant outlook, he was one of those who serve the Kingdom in quiet ways, but who do much to build the City of God. As a preacher he was thoughtful and telling. As a pastor he was ever welcome in the home, being able to help in times of need, for he himself had suffered and found the secret of comfort and strength. Many are thankful for his ministry and remember him with gratitude.


Arthur was born in late 1873 at Whitehaven, Cumberland, to parents Charles Goodall, a PM minister, and Elizabeth McDonald.

The 1891 census records Arthur working as a clerk in Scotland.

He married Lavinia Augusta Laycock (1874-1959) in the summer of 1903 in Wharfedale, Yorkshire. Census returns identify two children.

  • Muriel (b1904) – married Arthur E Simpson in 1950
  • Philip Frederic (1907-1998) – a solicitor (1939)

Arthur died on 30 December 1937 at Southampton, Hampshire.


  • Hartley
  • 1899 Otley
  • 1901 Northampton I
  • 1903 Wickham Brook
  • 1905 Burton on Trent
  • 1908 Cambridge
  • 1910 Haverhill
  • 1915 Bolton II
  • 1918 Dunstable
  • 1921 Rugby
  • 1924 Oxford
  • 1927 Soham
  • 1932 E Dereham
  • 1934 Southampton (S)


Methodist Minutes 1938/189

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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