Percival, George (1903-1975)

Transcription of obituary published in the Minutes of Conference

George Percival: born in Wilmslow, Cheshire, on 21st July 1903. The family moved to Winsford on the death of his father to live with his grandparents. He was educated at Winsford Council School leaving at 14 years of age. He went to Hartley College in 1924. 

He had begun to preach when he was 16 years old, and was known in the area as ‘the boy preacher’. On leaving college he was appointed as a probationer in the Southampton Circuit and then to the Talke Circuit in Staffordshire. In 1931 he married Jenny Maland, a daughter of the manse. In 1935 he moved to the Sheffield District where he spent the rest of his ministry. He stayed long in all his circuits because he was loved so much. He travelled in the Sheffield (Ecclesall), Sheffield (North) and Chesterfield (Saltergate) Circuits. From 1952 until 1957 he was Chairman of the Sheffield District. 

He was greatly loved throughout the District and gave himself completely to his work. His brethren knew he was concerned with their problems and felt he had a great pastoral care for them. He was a great talker and would often talk into the small hours without the slightest encouragement, but he was always ready to listen. His genial presence and carefully prepared sermons were welcome in all the pulpits of the District, and he was always eager to serve the smallest congregation. He was a wise and capable administrator and an author and producer of religious drama. The manse was always open house and there are many who shared real fellowship with him and his wife over the years. He had a special interest in the Wesley Deaconess Order and he was a member of the Committee. 

He died on 25th November 1975 in the seventy-third year of his age and the forty-ninth year of his ministry.


George was born on 21 July 1903 at Wilmslow, Cheshire, to parents George Percival and Mary Shaw.

He married Jennie Maland (1901-1982) in 1931. Jennie was a daughter of Rev. Joseph Maland. Birth records identify one child.

  • George Malcolm (b1933)

George died on 25 November 1975 at Sheffield, Yorkshire.


  • Hartley
  • 1927 Southampton
  • 1931 Talke
  • 1935 Sheffield Ecc
  • 1941 Sheffield N
  • 1949 Chesterfield Salt
  • 1956 Sheffield District Chairman
  • 1969 Supernum


Methodist Minutes 1976/83

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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