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John Sherriff

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John Sherriff

Birth
Christchurch City, Canterbury, New Zealand
Death
30 Jun 1935 (aged 70)
Bulawayo, City of Bulawayo, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
Burial
Bulawayo, City of Bulawayo, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe Add to Map
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Missionary and stone mason.

News of the death of John Sherriff, veteran missionary in South Africa, is contained in a letter from Molly Sherriff under date of July 7. She writes from Forest Vale Mission, P. O. Box 907, Bulawayo, South Rhodesia, South Africa:

Daddy was ill only a short while, though his strength had been failing for some months. For a week he did no work. He rose at 10 A.M. and retired at 4 P. M. Two and a half days before he died he kept to his bed. On Lords-day morning, June 30, he was quite conscious, though very tired and sleepy. At 11 A.M. he remembered the Lord, and his expressed wish was that everything should be done decently and in order. Shortly after the breaking of bread he murmured: "Lord, hold me." Just a half hour before passing away he opened his eyes and smiled, saying: "Eager eyes are watching, waiting for the lights along the shore." He then went peacefully to sleep, and a few minutes later passed from death unto life eternal.

We laid him to rest on a rocky hill, just a little distance from the house. It was his favorite spot.

We need your prayers and help, for mother has made up her mind to carry on. He has laid his burden upon us and we must bear it faithfully to the end. Brother Classen will help with the meetings as usual, and Brother Hinde will come out from town, for he has promised to take his share in the work that daddy was doing.

The Lord was very good to him. He suffered no pain, leaving in his sleep on the Lords day, just a little while after remembering him in his own appointed way. --Gospel Advocate, August 22, 1935, page 813.

John Sherriff produced the grave marker for Samuel Thomas Alexander who died in Africa.

"We have l earned with regret of the passing away of Brother John Sherriff, of Bulaway, South Africa, on June 30th. Brother Sherriff during the last thirty-five years has accomplished a wonderful service in the mission field in South Africa. His many friends and supporters will receive with much sadness this announcement" (Firm Foundation, Aug. 25, 1935, 5).

Earl West, Search For Ancient Order, III, details Sherriff's work beginning on page 340.
Missionary and stone mason.

News of the death of John Sherriff, veteran missionary in South Africa, is contained in a letter from Molly Sherriff under date of July 7. She writes from Forest Vale Mission, P. O. Box 907, Bulawayo, South Rhodesia, South Africa:

Daddy was ill only a short while, though his strength had been failing for some months. For a week he did no work. He rose at 10 A.M. and retired at 4 P. M. Two and a half days before he died he kept to his bed. On Lords-day morning, June 30, he was quite conscious, though very tired and sleepy. At 11 A.M. he remembered the Lord, and his expressed wish was that everything should be done decently and in order. Shortly after the breaking of bread he murmured: "Lord, hold me." Just a half hour before passing away he opened his eyes and smiled, saying: "Eager eyes are watching, waiting for the lights along the shore." He then went peacefully to sleep, and a few minutes later passed from death unto life eternal.

We laid him to rest on a rocky hill, just a little distance from the house. It was his favorite spot.

We need your prayers and help, for mother has made up her mind to carry on. He has laid his burden upon us and we must bear it faithfully to the end. Brother Classen will help with the meetings as usual, and Brother Hinde will come out from town, for he has promised to take his share in the work that daddy was doing.

The Lord was very good to him. He suffered no pain, leaving in his sleep on the Lords day, just a little while after remembering him in his own appointed way. --Gospel Advocate, August 22, 1935, page 813.

John Sherriff produced the grave marker for Samuel Thomas Alexander who died in Africa.

"We have l earned with regret of the passing away of Brother John Sherriff, of Bulaway, South Africa, on June 30th. Brother Sherriff during the last thirty-five years has accomplished a wonderful service in the mission field in South Africa. His many friends and supporters will receive with much sadness this announcement" (Firm Foundation, Aug. 25, 1935, 5).

Earl West, Search For Ancient Order, III, details Sherriff's work beginning on page 340.


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  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/74274117/john-sherriff: accessed ), memorial page for John Sherriff (23 Oct 1864–30 Jun 1935), Find a Grave Memorial ID 74274117, citing Bulawayo Town Cemetery, Bulawayo, City of Bulawayo, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe; Maintained by Tom Childers (contributor 46515204).