Humble, Frederick (1899-1988)

Transcription of obituary published in the Minutes of Conference

FREDERICK HUMBLE: born at Murton, Seaham, Co. Durham on 28th November 1899 of a mining family. He trained as an engineer and worked in the pit for ten years during which time he was gently directed by his minister into preaching. He took his first full service at Moorsley when only 17 years of age and over the next few years was guided into candidating for the Primitive Methodist Ministry. 

In 1924/25 he served in Edinburgh and Wisbech as a pre-collegiate probationer before going on to be trained at Hartley Victoria College for three years. It was whilst home on vacation in 1927 that he met Florence who was to become his lifelong companion, helper and wife. Due to the autocratic attitude of the Church at that time, they were not able to wed until 1931. They had two children, Raymond and Mavis, and were a close and loving family. After college, Frederick served in the following Circuits: Kiveton Park, Chesterfield, South Yorkshire Mission (Carcroft), Brompton, Brynmawr, W. Auckland, Deerness Valley, Consett, Bridlington St. John’s, Hornsea Market Place, Cross Hills, and Falkirk superannuating to Hornsea in 1967. 

He was, to quote one of his former Stewards, ‘… one of the old school of Primitive Methodists who was a very suitable Minister for a church such as ours which was loathe to give up its Primitive Methodist traditions.’ He was a devoted Minister, an able administrator and an excellent Superintendent, able to guide the affairs of His Circuit wisely and efficiently. He was a good friend and counsellor to his younger colleagues who remember him with affection. He delighted in every opportunity to work among young people who found in him a confidante who understood their needs. 

He died on the 17th March 1988 in the eighty-ninth year of his age and the sixty-first year of his ministry.


Frederick was born on 28 November 1899 at Murton, Co. Durham, to parents Christopher, a coal miner, and Ella.

He married Florence Mary Morson (1906-2005) in the summer of 1931 in the Lanchester Registration District, Durham. Birth Records identify two children.

  • Raymond Walton (1932-2006)
  • Mavis (b1936) – married John L Grimshaw in 1960

Frederick died on 17 March 1988 at Hull, Yorkshire.


  • 1924 Edinburgh
  • 1925 Wisbech
  • 1926 Hartley
  • 1929 Kiveton park
  • 1930 Chesterfield I
  • 1931 W Yorks Mission
  • 1934 Brompton
  • 1937 Brynmawr
  • 1938 W Auckland
  • 1942 Brandon &c
  • 1947 Consett
  • 1950 Bridlington St John
  • 1955 Hornsea Market Place
  • 1960 Cross Hills &c
  • 1965 Falkirk &c
  • 1967 Hornsea (Sup)


Methodist Minutes 1988/37

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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