JONES, Thomas Bernard 1888 - 1950

Obituary from the Minutes of the Methodist Conference 1950, page 153

Born in Manchester in 1888. He was educated in the City Central Schools. He proceeded to the College there for training as a teacher but, like his elder brother, felt the call to become a Methodist preacher. He entered the Wesleyan Ministry in 1914 at Filey after a theological training at Richmond College.

In the First World War he served as a chaplain in the Middle East with conspicuous courage. He was torpedoed in the Mediterranean and endured much hardship with a smile.

On his discharge from the Forces he completed the year in the Hunts Mission and continued a gracious ministry in Lincoln, Luton, Leicester, Bristol, and London.

He became Superintendent of the Manchester (Withington) Circuit, where he was held in the highest esteem.

He will always be remembered for his gallant and contagious joy. He was loved by all who knew him, both young and old. His sermons were meticulously prepared and adorned with many unique and striking illustrations, the fruit of his wide reading.

His children’s addresses were gems of rare value. Tall and distinguished in appearance, he added charm and authority to every assembly. As a friend he was lovable and understanding, entering as fully as possible into the experience and hopes of all.

The sudden onset of illness, and death has deprived Methodism of a large-hearted minister, his brethren of a great soul, and his wife of a gracious helpmeet. He passed home on 8th June 1950, in the sixty-second year of his age and the thirty-sixth of a fruitful ministry.

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