Tomlinson, Percival (1891-1950)

Transcription of Obituary in Minutes of Methodist Conference

Born at Earlestown, Lancashire, in 1891. His home was one in which Christian belief and practice exercised a real power, and it is not surprising that the son of the house was led to offer himself as a candidate for the Ministry of the Primitive Methodist Church. In his term at Hartley College he applied himself with diligence to studies and preaching and thoroughly prepared himself for the years of service which were ahead.

His ministry was exercised in a wide variety of circuits; among townsfolk and countrymen alike he aroused admiration, esteem, and affection. His administrative gifts found expression in the affairs of circuits and Districts. His qualities as a preacher proved his true calling, while in pastoral work he was regular and systematic and a beloved visitor to the homes of his people.

He had a real genius for friendship, and a quiet cheerfulness which was infectious. Thus he was able to commend with added force the saving companionship of the Lord and Master to whom he gave his single-minded devotion and service. Though in recent years far from well, he continued to serve his Church with unabated zeal, and found a deep joy in the promotion of Christian unity with members of other Churches.

He was engaged on the Master’s business right up to the end. After conducting the Circuit Local Preachers’ Meeting with his usual ability he admitted that he was feeling tired, and in the very early hours of the next morning, 1st June 1950, he was suddenly taken out of the world in the thirty-fifth year of his ministry, leaving behind him a multitude of fragrant memories cherished by his loved ones and by all whom he had delighted to serve for Christ’s sake.

©Trustees for Methodist Church Purposes 1950


Percival was born on 15 September 1891 at Earlestown, Lancashire, to parents price, a carpenter, and Sarah.

Prior to entering the ministry, Percival worked as a clerk.

He married Elizabeth Thompson (b1893) in the summer of 1921 at Warrington, Lancashire. They had one daughter.

Percival died on 1 June 1950 at Liverpool, Lancashire.


  • 1915 Hereford
  • 1916 Hartley
  • 1918 Enfield
  • 1921 Church Stretton
  • 1924 Hull V
  • 1929 Gainsborough
  • 1931 Foxhill Bank
  • 1934 Swindon Regent
  • 1938 Calne
  • 1941 Rhosymedre &c
  • 1946 Liverpool Central


Methodist Minutes 1950/152

Methodist Who’s Who, 1933    (****LINK)

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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