Transcription of obituary published in the Minutes of Conference
LEONARD JONES: born at Bolton in 1894. His parents were devoted members of the Methodist Church. At an early age he manifested a definite interest in the life of the Spirit and the work of the Church. He received his theological training at Hartley College, and entered the ministry in the year 1917.
He travelled in both town and rural areas, fulfilling his ministry in a spirit of single-hearted devotion. Endowed with a tender and sympathetic nature, his pulpit word was full of the ministry of encouragement. He was a good preacher with an effective delivery, and his capacity for friendship opened up to him the hearts and affections of his people. His own experience of suffering gave him an insight into his peoples’ needs, making his ministry rich in the consolations of the faith.
Whilst at Cirencester he was called upon to carry through the task of uniting two societies, and accomplished this so effectively that the members consider it to be one of the most successful ventures of its kind. He moved to a new sphere last September.
He was looking forward to his ministry at Stewkley with keen interest, but soon the symptoms of the illness which was to prove fatal began to appear. Early in the New Year he was removed to St. Bartholomew’s Hospital, and it was hoped that he would be able to continue his ministry. The hopes were not fulfilled, and on the morning of June 10, 1939, he was called to higher service at the early age of forty-five. The faith by which he had lived, and which he so steadfastly proclaimed, sustained him to the end.
Leonard was born on 9 March 1894 at Bolton, Lancashire, to parents Joseph, a life assurance agent (1901) and Sarah. He was baptised on 6 May 1894 at Daubhill PM chapel, Bolton.
Before entering the ministry, Leonard worked as a card tenter in cotton mill (1911).
He married Marion Greenhalgh (b1894) on 2 July 1921 at Bolton, Lancashire.
The 1933 Methodist Who’s Who records them having two sons.
Leonard died on 10 June 1939 at Stewkley, Buckinghamshire.
- 1917 Southend
- 1921 Stoke Newington
- 1922 Market Drayton
- 1925 Hull VI
- 1929 Oldham II
- 1933 Stroud & Cirencester
- 1938 Stewkley
Methodist Minutes 1939/220
W Leary, Directory of Primitive Methodist Ministers and their Circuits, 1990
Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers