Hall, Cecil Routledge (1907-1962)

Transcription of obituary published in the Minutes of Conference

CECIL ROUTLEDGE HALL: born in Leicester in 1907, he entered the Ministry from Selby in 1929. He was trained at Hartley College and served in Portland, Coventry, Matlock, Partington, Doncaster, Hull, Dewsbury, Uxbridge and Hounslow.

Throughout these years he earned a reputation as a forthright preacher and as a sympathetic and understanding pastor. He was a man of simple tastes and habits, unostentatious and self-effacing, yet ready at all times to take bold measures when he considered the best interests of the Church demanded it. His warmth of friendship and sense of humour made him an admirable colleague and his generosity of spirit was nowhere more evident than in meeting people who did not share his views.

His ministry in Hounslow, for which his earlier experience and reputation appeared to make him eminently fitted, was exercised whilst his health was deteriorating. He underwent a major operation, resumed his work with something like the energy and enthusiasm for which he had long been known, but after, characteristically, taking a group of young people on a summer holiday, he died on All Saints’ Day, 1 November 1962, in the fifty-sixth year of his age and the thirty-first year of his ministry.

Family

Cecil was born on 5 May 1907 at Leicester, Leicestershire, to parents William Rutledge Hall, a professor of music and organist (1911), and Ethel Esther Potts.

He married Mabel Bessie Hall (b1909) in the summer of 1936 in the Driffield Registration District, Yorkshire.

Cecil died on 1 November 1962 at Hounslow, Middlesex.

Circuits

  • Hartley
  • 1932 Portland
  • 1934 Coventry
  • 1936 Matlock
  • 1938 Doncaster Spring Gardens
  • 1942 Patrington
  • 1945 Hull Waltham Rd
  • 1950 Dewsbury Central
  • 1953 Uxbridge &c
  • 1960 Brentford &c

References

Methodist Minutes 1963/187

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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