Morgan, George Arthur (1892-1957)

Transcription of obituary published in the Minutes of Conference

GEORGE ARTHUR MORGAN: born at Derby in 1892. He received his theological training at Hartley College, leaving there in 1915, after which he served in Filey, Sleaford, Leicester, Long Eaton, Bradford, Derby, Watford, and Leeds.

He was a preacher of a very high standard who sounded the notes of Christian joy and certainty. For him the most precious thing in life was the divine call to preach the unsearchable riches of Christ. He was a devoted pastor and had a special place in his heart for young Local Preachers, seeking to encourage them and draw out their gifts; and there are men who are in our ministry today as a result of this aspect of his pastoral care. He excelled as an administrator, and the more so as he brought to this work the heart of a pastor. 

One of the great interests of his life was music. During his student days he was the college organist. Later, he served on the committee that produced the new School Hymn Book, in which two of the many tunes he composed were included, namely Dominant and Ashbourne Road. He did not allow any prominence to his musical gifts, however, for he felt that his work was above all else the preaching of the Gospel. 

Very soon after taking up his work in Leeds his health declined, and during the last twelve months he was fighting a gallant but impossible battle, and left the circuit to retire—a sick man. There had been a premonition in his mind that the call to higher service would not be long delayed, and when it came, very suddenly, in the early hours of the first Sunday of the new connexional year, the first day of September 1957, it found him ready to step forward into the life of the Church Triumphant in the sixty-fifth year of his age after an active ministry of forty-two years.

Family

George was born on 13 April 1892 at Derby, Derbyshire, to parents Alfred Morgan, a managing clerk to timber merchant (1911), and Amelia Matilda Attenborough.

Before entering the ministry George worked as a builder’s clerk (1911).

He married Bethalina Farling (1889-1981) in the spring of 1920 at Scarborough, Yorkshire.

George died on 1 September 1957 at Thornbury, Bradford, Yorkshire.

Circuits

  • Hartley
  • 1915 Filey
  • 1919 Sleaford
  • 1922 Leicester IV
  • 1925 Long Eaton
  • 1930 Bradford VII
  • 1933 Bradford Woodhouse Grove
  • 1937 Filey Trinity
  • 1946 Derby Derwent
  • 1950 Watford
  • 1954 Leeds (S)

References

Methodist Minutes 1958/173

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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