|Birth: ||Nov. 15, 1898|
|Death: ||Mar. 2, 1957|
The Southeast Missourian, Cape Girardeau MO; March 4, 1957 page 1
Jackson--Rev. Hugh O. Isbell, pastor of the Missouri Methodist Church at Columbia and former pastor of McKendree Church here, died unexpectedly at 9 Saturday night at the Boone County Hospital in Columbia. He was the husband of the former Norma Wagner whom he married while pastor here in 1929.
Rev. Isbell, one of the better known Methodist ministers in Missouri, underwent surgery Feb. 23 for the relief of stomach ulcers and appeared to be recovering satisfactorily. While his wife was with him Saturday night at the hospital he complained of a back pain and while she had gone to summon a nurse he passed away unexpectedly.
Funeral services will be held at 2 Tuesday afternoon at McKendree Church following services this afternoon at Columbia. The body will be brought to the Cracraft Miller Funeral Home tonight and will be taken to McKendree Church at 1 Tuesday afternoon.
Dr. M. L. Koch, superintendent of the Fayette district of which the Columbia church is a part, will conduct the service, assisted by the local pastor, Rev. C. E. Yoes and by Rev. M. G. Joyce of the church at Sikeston, a classmate of Rev. Isbell. Interment will be in City Cemetery.
Born near Birmingham, Ala., Nov. 15, 1898, Rev. Isbell was graduated from high school at Sanger, Tex., and from Wesley Junior College at Greenville, Tex. He received the A.B. and B.D. degrees from Southern Methodist University and in the fall of 1924 joined the St. Louis Conference of the Methodist Church, first serving at Alton, Thomasville, Steele and Senath.
He was appointed pastor of the church here in October, 1928, and remained for four years, following which he served the Wagner Place Church in St. Louis, in Kirkwood and St. Paul's Church in Springfield, and also was superintendent of the Farmington and Marshall districts. He had been pastor of the church at Columbia for five years.
While at Kirkwood Rev. Isbell was president of the Greater St. Louis Ministerial Alliance. He also was on the Board of Trustees of Southern Methodist University, for two years president of the Missouri Council of Churches and was a trustee of the Bible College at Columbia.
In October, 1954, Central College at Fayette conferred the honorary degree of Doctor of Divinity upon Rev. Isbell.
Rev. Isbell was an accomplished writer and had articles and poems published in various magazines, including Christian Century, Christian Advocate, Shepherd'sand in other church school publications. He also published a booklet of Christmas stories and anthologies.
He and the former Norma Wagner were married in May, 1929 in Jackson. He is survived by his wife, two daughters, Miss Janet Rachell Isbell of Los Angeles, Calif., and Miss Margery May Isbell, at home; two sisters, Mrs. H. V. Greer of Wasco, Calif., and Mrs. Richard Little of Fulton, Miss., and two brothers, Rev. R. L. Isbell of Cove, Ark., and Rev. J. E. Isbell of Salem, Mo. He was the son-in-law of W. H. Wagner and brother-in-law of John Wagner of Jackson.
Missouri Marriage Records, 1805-2002
Name: Hugh Olin Isbell
Birth Date: abt 1899
Marriage Date: 21 May 1929
Marriage Location: Jackson, Cape Girardeau, Missouri
Marriage County: Cape Girardeau
Spouse Name: Norma Louise Wagner
Spouse Age: 25
Spouse Birth Date: abt 1904
Robert Gold Isbell (1851 - 1908)
Emma Medora Andrews Isbell (1859 - 1899)
Norma Wagner Isbell (1904 - 1970)*
Robert Lavert Isbell (1896 - 1979)*
Hugh Olin Isbell (1898 - 1957)
Marvyn M. Isbell (1903 - 1932)**
John F Isbell (1907 - 1990)**
Cape Girardeau County
Created by: brenda joyce
Record added: Nov 18, 2012
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