LEE, George Elliot 1882 - 1951
Obituary from the Minutes of the Methodist Conference 1952, page 119
Born at Westgate, Co. Durham, in 1882, he belonged to a well-known Methodist family in Weardale, and entered the ministry, after training in Didsbury College, in 1905.
Most of his ministry was spent in rural areas, and he possessed a rare gift for ministering to country folk.
He was a man of fine sensibilities and deep spirituality. He cultivated a life-long interest in literature, and cherished the friendship of a number of well-known authors whose books he reviewed.
His unusual gifts of mind and heart gave him a markedly original point of view, and he not only had strong convictions but the courage to express them.
Nevertheless such were his natural gentleness and courtesy that those who did not share his views could still share his friendship.
His preaching bore evidence of deep thought and prayerful preparation. Though alert to modern teaching he retained a great love for the beauty and dignity of the older versions both of Bible and Service Book.
He brought to the pulpit such a spirit of reverence that his congregations found it easy to realise the presence of God in worship.
Greatly loved, he was always a welcome visitor in the homes of his people.
He retired from the active work in 1946, and returned to Beverley, but continued to preach and to exercise a very gracious ministry, especially among the sufferers in the hospital which adjoined his home.
On 29th July 1951, while conducting the evening service, he passed away suddenly in his sixty-eighth year, and the forty-sixth of his ministry.
©Trustees for Methodist Church Purposes 1952