WILLIAMS, John (B) 1862 - 1950

Obituary from the Minutes of the Methodist Conference 1950, page 154

Born at Liverpool in 1862. He was educated in the Wesleyan day-school and at Richmond College. In 1885 he was sent as a missionary to the Sierra Leone District, West Africa.

After four years he was compelled to return to England, where he rendered effective service to the Methodist Church for another thirty-seven years, retiring in 1926.

After a term as an active supernumerary in London, he became chaplain to the Birmingham Hospitals in 1930.

This office he fulfilled for nearly nine years with tender, discerning sympathy and exemplary faithfulness. It was a piece of work which he keenly loved and enjoyed. He was never happier than when helping the sick. He had a virile mind, a wide range of knowledge, and a great faith in the Gospel Message.

He was a keen and persistent reader. Hence he was a thoughtful preacher, very helpful to all people in time of trouble and anxiety. His pastoral work, too, was of a high order, and is gratefully remembered by many. The right word in the right place caused him to be greatly beloved by all his folk. He had that rich gift of being able to keep young in old age.

Toward the end a spell of illness put a stop to all activity, and he went to sleep like a little child on 14th June 1950, in his eighty-ninth year and the sixty- fifth of his ministry.

©Trustees for Methodist Church Purposes 1950

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