Jobling, Edward Eades (1878-1964)
Edward was born on 16 February 1878 at Middlesbrough, Yorkshire, to parents Edward Jobling and Hannah Eades. Edward, senior, was a hardware merchant.
Edward spent his early days at Stockton-on-Tees. He was a scholar at Bowesfield Lane School. His father was Society Steward and Class leader at Bowesfield Lane. Business took Edward to Shotley Bridge for a brief period and it was there that he became a local preacher.
During World War 1, Edward acted as an orderly in a naval hospital. He was removed from Luton by Conference to Southend-on-Sea to undertake special work in that circuit.
His obituary records that throughout his ministry he was a faithful and devoted pastor. His wise and kindly understanding of people and their varied needs enabled him to help them with their tangle human problems. In the University cities of Sheffield and Hull, students were especially welcome in his home.
Edward’s sense of humour, his kindness and courtesy drew all types of people to him. He was keenly interested in philosophy, which was so evident in a glance at his bookshelves, in his preaching and in his sound judgement on critical matters. Yet his chief delight was to preach the Gospel and to that high purpose he gave himself with zeal and joy.
Edward spent his years of retirement at Willerby in the Hull circuit, where for several years, as an active supernumerary, he exercised a most gracious and effective ministry. In his later years his one regret was that, because of blindness, he could not read, for to read and talk about a good book had been one of the greatest joys of his life.
Edward married Annie Maude Pilling (1872-1959) in late 1917 at Luton, Bedfordshire. Annie was the eldest daughter of Rev Jacob Pilling.
Edward died on 10 January 1964 at Hull, Yorkshire.
- 1902 S Shields
- 1907 Dent
- 1909 Otley
- 1914 Luton I
- 1917 Southend
- 1923 Sheffield IX
- 1929 Long Eaton
- 1932 Hull VI
- 1937 Blyth &c
- 1941 Brighouse &c
- 1945 Hull (Sup)
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1931/251
Methodist Minutes 1964/203
W Leary, Directory of Primitive Methodist Ministers and their Circuits, 1990
Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers