Morris, Charles Sidney (1901-1972)

Transcription of obituary published in the Minutes of Conference

CHARLES SIDNEY MORRIS: born in Derby in 1901. His childhood was spent in Alford and his youth in Chirk. He entered the Primitive Methodist Ministry in 1928. After training at Hartley College his probation was spent in Hay-on-Wye. He then served the Church in Whitchurch (Castle Hill) two terms, Buckley and Mold, Runcorn, Northwich (Bourne) and Warrington. After retiring in 1970 he continued his ministry as an Active Supernumerary in the Whitchurch Circuit for just over a year. 

He was a kind-hearted, gentle man; tolerant, and large in forgiveness. He sought in every way to be a faithful pastor to his people and during the difficult latter years of his ministry, faced with the closure of societies and the amalgamation of Circuits, he was able, because of his gentle spirit, to remain “the friend of all and the enemy of none.” His ministry came to an abrupt end ten months ago when he fell in the garden. He put up a good fight to recover his health, but from Christmas onwards there was a gradual deterioration. After a short spell in the Cottage Hospital, Whitchurch, he died on Monday, 24th April, 1972 in the seventy-first year of his age and the forty-fourth of his ministry.

Family

Charles was born on 1 November 1901 at Derby, Derbyshire, to parents Charles Richard Morris, professional footballer (1901), and Elizabeth Rogers. He was baptised on 1 December 1901 at Hope Parish Church, Derbyshire. His father played for Derby County (1900-1910) and Huddersfield Town (1910-1911) and was capped 27 times by Wales.

Charles died on 24 April 1972 in the North Shropshire Registration District, Shropshire.

Circuits

  • Hartley
  • 1928 Hay
  • 1932 Whitchurch
  • 1940 Buckley & Mold
  • 1944 Runcorn
  • 1950 Northwich Bourne
  • 1957 Warrington
  • 1963 Whitchurch Castle
  • 1967 Whitchurch
  • 1970 Whitchurch (S)

References

Methodist Minutes 1972/189

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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