Pattie, James (1895-1940)

Transcription of obituary published in the Minutes of Conference

JAMES PATTIE: born at Ashington on September 17, 1895. He was educated at Hartley College, and entered the Primitive Methodist Ministry in 1921. His ministry was short in years but rich in devotion and loyal service. He served his God and Church with his whole heart and mind. His inward life was nourished and sustained by a life hid with Christ in God. 

He prepared carefully for the pulpit, and brought to it a mind enriched by careful study and wise reading. Kindly and sensitive in disposition, he was a welcome visitor in the homes of the people, and won their esteem and love. In their difficulties and sorrows his sympathetic nature made him an understanding helper and a wise counsellor. 

His ministry was unexpectedly and suddenly ended on October 29, 1940, in the forty-fifth year of his age and the nineteenth of his ministry.


James was born on 17 September 1895 at Ashington, Northumberland, to parents David Pattie, a coal miner, and Barbara Jane Hogg. His younger brother, Albert, was also a PM minister.

Before entering the ministry, James worked in the mining industry (1911).

He married Edith Emma Fisher (1896-1978) in the spring of 1927 at Docking, Norfolk. Birth records identify two children.

  • Jean (b1931) – married Frederick G Cotton in 1959
  • David Charles (1933-1995) – a teacher

James died on 29 October 1940 at Brigg, Lincolnshire.


  • 1921 Docking
  • 1923 Hartley
  • 1925 Lynn
  • 1927 Westgate
  • 1930 Thirsk
  • 1933 Shebbear &c
  • 1936 Nelson, Lancs


Methodist Minutes 1941/165

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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