Stephenson, Thomas Raymond (1902-1934)

Transcription of obituary published in the Minutes of Conference

T. RAYMOND STEPHENSON: entered the Ministry of the ex-P.M. Church in 1927, and for seven years served with a loyalty and devotion in which he never spared himself. His warm, sympathetic, and generous spirit won for him the hearts of others, but whilst deeply appreciating such affection, his great passion was to win them for the service of his Lord, and especially to comfort the sorrowing, help the needy, and bring men and women to know Christ as their Saviour and friend. 

He continued his work with failing strength, until a breakdown in health compelled his retirement. He removed to Whitstable in the hope of recovery, but on October 20, 1934, with the blessed assurance that Christ was near him, he passed into “the eternal Light, through the eternal Love,” leaving fragrant memories of a great-hearted brother, a beloved pastor, and a life that is an inspiration for consecrated service.

Family

Raymond was born in 1902 at Allendale, Northumberland, to parents Thomas, a PM minister, and Mary Ann Holborn.

He was educated at Elmfield College.

Raymond died on 20 October 1934 at Tankerton, Whitstable, Kent.

Circuits

  • Hartley
  • 1927 Portsmouth
  • 1929 Motherwell
  • 1931 Oldham IV

References

Methodist Minutes 1935/197

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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