Price, George Albert (1885-1948)

Transcription of obituary published in the Minutes of Conference

GEORGE ALBERT PRICE: born at Cradley Heath, Staffs, in 1885. From his earliest years he was associated with the Methodist Church. His keenest joys in life were found in the service of the Church he loved and faithfully served. When the call came to him to enter the Ministry, he knew instinctively it was the call of God and he willingly responded with all his heart. 

He entered Hartley College Manchester, in 1908, and began his probation in 1911, in the Redhill Circuit, Surrey, During this first year his Superintendent Minister died, and Mr. Price was entrusted with the administrative life of the circuit. After being ordained to the full Ministry he travelled in nine circuits, and on retiring in 1944 settled in Bedford; but on account of the shortage of ministers and the war, he carried on the Hassett Street Circuit as an active Supernumerary until September 1946. 

He was a devoted student and painstaking in all the various details of circuit affairs. In pastoral work he was outstanding. Nothing gave him greater joy than sharing the fellowship of the homes of the people. The young people were a constant care, both in the Sunday School and Christian Endeavour Societies. The Free Church Council made a strong appeal to his nature. Seldom would he be absent from its fellowship, which he so much enjoyed. Though he retired comparatively early in life, he shared to the full the joy of a useful ministry and recently expressed himself as ‘having had a good innings’. His memory will long be cherished by his many friends as a diligent pastor, preacher of the Word, a brother beloved, and a faithful minister of Jesus Christ. 

He passed away on the 29th April 1948, at the age of sixty-three, after a ministry of forty years.

Family

George was born in the spring of 1885 at Cradley Heath, Staffordfordshire, to parents Alfred Price, a chain maker, and Leah Guest.

George also worked as a chain maker before entering the ministry (1901).

The 1933 Methodist Who’s Who records his interests included stereo-photography. He also service in WW1 in the  Hydrographic Dept of the Admiralty. 

George died on 29 April 1948 at Bedford, Bedfordshire.

Circuits

  • Hartley
  • 1911 Redhill
  • 1915 Halstead &c
  • 1916 Croydon
  • 1919 Alford
  • 1922 Knighton
  • 1927 New Wandsworth
  • 1933 London Walthamstow
  • 1935 Bedford Hassett
  • 1940 W Bromwich Queen
  • 1944 Bedford (Sup)

References

Methodist Minutes 1948/140

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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