PRICE, Leonard Llewellyn (B.D.) 1879 - 1962

Obituary from the Minutes of the Methodist Conference 1962, page 219

Born in Wednesbury, Staffs., in 1879. He was the son of a schoolmaster, was educated at the King Edward VI Grammar School in Birmingham, and began work as a bank clerk.

After a pre-collegiate year in the Wiltshire Mission, he entered Handsworth College in 1901. He was one of the first to take the London B.D. degree.

His circuits, mainly in the Midlands and the North, included Bromsgrove, Birmingham Mission, Leicester, Gateshead, North Shields, Norwich. Newark, Stratford-on-Avon, Birmingham. Pontefract, Poole, Dudley, and Kidderminster.

After forty-three years he retired in 1946 and went to live at Cockermouth, Cumberland, as an active supernumerary.

From 1950 in the Nottingham North Circuit, for the unusually long period of twelve years, he gave devoted service, preaching as many as eighteen times every quarter. His care for the aged and the sick endeared him to many in the neighbourhood, and friends from all the circuits where he had travelled continued to remember him.

Through his influence a number of men entered the Ministry. The calm cheerfulness with which he faced life came only as the triumph of a sensitive but brave spirit, and his quiet courage sprang from a strong faith.

The more he was exposed to suffering and distress, the more able he was to overcome them.

He died suddenly on his way home after preaching on Sunday 24 June 1962, at the age of eighty-three, and in the fifty-ninth year of his ministry.

©Trustees for Methodist Church Purposes 1962

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