BODY, Samuel 1865 - 1951

Obituary from the Minutes of the Methodist Conference 1952, page 124

Was born at Mevagissey, Cornwall, in 1865. At an early age he became a Local Preacher and realised that the Christian Ministry must be his life’s work.

After training at Handsworth College he entered the Wesleyan Methodist Ministry in 1889.

He served his Church with faithfulness, ability and zeal. He was a thoughtful preacher, a wise administrator, and a true comforter to those in sorrow.

Many associated him with one of his favourite hymns : Break, day of God, O break.

His letters to those passing through deep waters were treasured. He loved good books and awaited with interest certain volumes promised in the publishers’ lists.

There was a reserve in his nature, but the friends to whom he gave himself unreservedly found him a delightful companion.

For nine years he was a member of the General Chapel Committee and rejoiced in this work.

His eventide was a long one and life became more restricted and lonely, but he continued to enjoy the peace of God, which passeth all understanding.

He enjoyed life to the full, but during the last few months lived in expectation of a call to still fuller life in the Church Triumphant.

On 23rd September 1951, in the eighty-seventh year of his age and the sixty-third of his ministry, he passed quietly to this life which he had reverently anticipated.

©Trustees for Methodist Church Purposes 1952

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