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Rev Charles Emery Asbury
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Birth: 1859
Death: Mar., 1915

Burial date: 17 Mar 1915

"Western Christian Advocate", 24 March 1915

Death of the Rev. C. E. Asbury
Profound sorrow has filled the heart of Indianapolis Methodism since the sudden and unexpected translation of Charles Emery Asbury, saint and servant of God. The last words spoken in public by this eminently good man were uttered at the close of the paper read before the Methodist Episcopal Ministerial Association on Monday morning, March 15, by Bishop David H. Moore. The subject of the paper was, "The Vicar of Madeley." The comment upon the paper related to the saintliness of John Fletcher and to his choice of a field among the moderately well-to-do rather than the rich. Immediately in the mind of many entered the thought, "How strikingly alike are these two men—John Fletcher, vicar of Madeley, and Charles E. Asbury, pastor Of Merritt Place Methodist Episcopal Church!" At the wonderful funeral service, held on Wednesday afternoon, at 2 o'clock, at the Merritt Place Church, this truth was dwelt upon in the tribute paid by Bishop Moore. Son of a Methodist minister and distant relative of Bishop Asbury, Charles E. Asbury was pre-eminently a seeker of souls. Whatever else was needful to be done, he never neglected this glorious responsibility and privilege. Among the men he won to Christ was a lawyer, who said to the writer, "Charles E. Asbury was one of the most godly men that ever lived—I loved him as my own brother." In the auditorium were many men and women— members of the Merritt Place Church— who wept copious tears from the beginning to the close of the service in memory of their splendid leader who had lately left them. A few weeks ago Brother Asbury resolved that by the help of God he would try to double his membership before September. He was succeeding so well that in three weeks' time he had won forty-seven additional members. His indomitable will and his indefatigable energy apparently were adequate to any task however large. His people looked up to him with deep and abiding reverence. In the pulpit and out of the pulpit to them he was the "prophet of God." They knew he loved them and longed to lead them to the heights in joyous and blessed fellowship with the Father. Doctor Joshua Stansfield, in speaking of his Christian worth, said: "I have been acquainted with Brother Asbury for about fourteen years —I never knew him until six months ago. Since that time," continued Dr. Stansfield, "I have loved him very, very dearly. In a heart-searching conversation life met life. We went forth as brothers ardently devoted to each other." The funeral service was in charge of Dr. L. C. Bentley, district superintendent. Dr. Bentley paid a beautiful and impressive tribute to his deceased friend and co-laborer. Dr. J. W. Duncan added a eulogy that will be remembered as long as memory shall last for the loved ones present. Dr. A. B. Storms led in a prayer of surpassing beauty and pathos. The Rev. G. E. Henninger read the Scripture. After the close of the loving and tender tribute of Bishop Moore, the benediction was pronounced by the Rev. George Church. Altogether it was one of the most fitting and profoundly touching services ever held in memory of a deceased minister in the city of Indianapolis. Charles E. Asbury at the comparatively early age of fifty-six has gone to his reward. He has achieved a work that is far more potent for good than the work of any of the crowned heads of Europe or the work of any of the governors of any of our American Commonwealths. He was a man—every inch a man—and we shall not soon see his like again. His mortal remains now rest in Crown Hill Cemetery. His beloved companion and two sons, Taylor L. and Joseph M. Asbury, await on this side the will of God. They can be comforted in the knowledge that the dear one who has gone away was admired and loved by a vast concourse of people both in Indianapolis and over the State. Since his graduation from DePauw, in 1881, Brother Asbury has received among other appointments to the following fields: Waverly; Alfordsville; Ames Church, Indianapolis; Rockport; Ingle Street, Evansville; Cloverdale; Worthington; Washington; Bedford; Wall Street, Jeffersonville; district superintendent, Vincennes District; Seymour; Merritt Place. Immediately upon news of the death of Brother Asbury, which occurred Monday afternoon while he was superintending plans for the construction of a baptistry in the basement of Merritt Place Church, a call was issued for a meeting of the Methodist Ministers' Association, to be held at Roberts Park Church, on Tuesday, March 16, at 4 o'clock. At that meeting fitting resolutions were adopted, and read at the funeral service.
Family links: 
  Joseph W. Asbury (1823 - 1888)
  Matilda Margaret Mahan Asbury (1829 - 1903)
  Hattie E Langsdale Asbury (1865 - 1948)
  Taylor Langsdale Asbury (1887 - 1960)*
  Joseph Mahan Asbury (1890 - 1945)*
  Minerva J Asbury (1852 - 1856)*
  Annie L. Asbury Thomas (1857 - 1936)*
  Charles Emery Asbury (1859 - 1915)
*Calculated relationship
Crown Hill Cemetery
Marion County
Indiana, USA
Plot: Sect. 2, Lot 86
Created by: Cemetery Haunter
Record added: Jan 17, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 17510501
Rev Charles Emery Asbury
Added by: Joey Asbury
Rev Charles Emery Asbury
Added by: Joey Asbury
Rev Charles Emery Asbury
Added by: Joey Asbury
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