JONES, William Sidney Handley 1884 -1962

Obituary from the Minutes of the Methodist Conference 1962, page 200

Born in Birmingham in 1884. He was nurtured in the Church of England, and was accepted for the Wesleyan Ministry in 1906.

After a year in Leicester. he entered Didsbury College, where his cultured abilities became apparent, and where he made many rich and life-long friendships. Thereafter he served in Wandsworth. Ealing and Acton, Richmond and Barnes, Gosport, Brighton and Hove, Sheffield, Birmingham, Hull, Kilburn, Birmingham, Leeds and Blackheath.

He became a supernumerary in 1949 and settled at Winchcombe in the Cheltenham Circuit.

He was a man of outstanding quality, faithful and happy in every part of his work. Always on quest after beauty and truth, he had the sensibility both to perceive and to express clearly the choice things which enlightened his mind.

He was a preacher of high merit, and a poet and essayist of no mean order. His command and choice of words illuminated the message he gladly proclaimed. Few escaped his charm and power.

He was a founder member of the Fellowship of the Kingdom, often attending its conferences. and regular at local group meetings even to the last year of his life.

He loved his brethren and was beloved by them. It was counted a privilege to be a colleague of his, and so benefit from his good humour, his wide range of knowledge, his rare spiritual insight, and his warm and generous friendship.

He died on 9 January 1962 at the age of seventy-seven in the fifty-third year of his ministry.

©Trustees for Methodist Church Purposes 1962

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