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From: "Darryl Allwright" <>
Subject: [ZA-EC] Wesleyan Minister Obituaries No 19 William F. EDWARDS(1839-1901)
Date: Sun, 9 Oct 2011 21:54:52 +0200

Hi All
Obituary of William F. EDWARDS
William F. EDWARDS, who was born at Stellenbosch, Cape Colony, April 13th,
1839.He received a sound education in the Public School of that town, and
under the gracious influence of his home grew up in the knowledge and fear
of God. He became a Local Preacher in early youth, and rendered valuable
assistance to his father, the late Rev. Edward EDWARDS.He was accepted as a
Probationer in the year 1865, and commenced his ministry in his native town.
With the exception of two years spent in the Colesberg Circuit, his
ministerial life was devoted to the Dutch-speaking coloured people of the
Western Province of the Cape Colony. He laboured in the Cape Town Dutch
Circuit three years, in the Robertson Dutch Circuit twenty-two years, and in
the Stellenbosch Dutch Circuit seventeen years. He was greatly revered and
beloved, not only by the people of his congregation, but by English and
Dutch residence of the localities in which he laboured. He had unique
qualifications for the work unto which he was called, and had a thorough
knowledge of the language, character and habits of the people. He was a man
of sound judgement and of deep piety, who adorned the doctrine of our
Saviour by integrity of life and conduct. He was a great reader, a diligent
student, especially of theology, and as a preacher he excelled in exposition
and application of the truth. His preaching was eqoquent and powerful, and
was often accompanied by the rich unction of the Spirit. As a pastor he was
indeffatigable and self-sacrificing, and as a social worker he earned the
gratitude of the community for his unwearied efforts in the cause of
temperance and purity. A brief visit to England in 1875 resulted in partial
relief from a distressing malady, but from that date he had frequently been
prostrated with intense agony, which he bore with exemplary fortitude. He
took an actice part in the proceedings of the Synod in the month of
February, and returned to his home full of enthusiasm and hope. Soon after
he reached home he was laid aside by severe illness, and after eighteen days
of acute suffering he entered into rest in the room in which he was born,
and finished his life and ministry on the 3rd of March, 1901.
From: Minutes of Wesleyan Methodist Conference 1901
Transcribed by  
Darryl Allwright
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