He received his early education at Pentrepoeth Boys' Council School . On 17 Feb. 1908 he commenced his lifetime's work in the education finance section of the County Council offices at Carmarthen . His first post was as a junior clerk , culminating with his appointment, from 5 Nov. 1924 onwards, as Associate County Treasurer with sole responsibility for education . He retired a year early on 5 Apr. 1958 in order to facilitate the integration of the treasury functions within the County Council . He was married at Tabernacl , Carmarthen on 23 Nov. 1923 to Margaret Gwendoline Hodges ( 27 Jun. 1894 - 22 Mar. 1951 ), a childhood acquaintance in the church, who bore him one daughter. The small volume, Gwen — A tribute of love and remembrance ( 1951 ), that he published privately, was his personal tribute to his wife.
Throughout his life he gave remarkably active support to numerous good causes in the town of Carmarthen and in his church, where he was a deacon and church secretary ( 1921-64 ). His annual reports were punctual and detailed. One of his most important benefactions was to preserve the church records by placing them on deposit at the National Library of Wales ( N.L.W. Dep. MSS. 746-71, 813-14, 817 ). His part in presenting to the National Library the diaries of two former ministers, Hugh William Jones , (‘ Yr Utgorn Arian ’) and Evan Ungoed Thomas ( NLW MSS. 1896-9 , NLW Deposits 791-816, 827-66 ) was consistent with his efforts to preserve the sources of the history of Tabernacl church.
He published the fruits of his own research many times in the literature of the denomination, e.g. in the programme of the annual conference of the Baptist Union of Wales held at Tabernacl in 1937 , and in his volume Fragrant memories: the story of two ministers, The Rev. John Thomas (1875-1891), The Rev. Evan Ungoed Thomas (1892-1930) ( 1941 ). He was treasurer of the county association ( 1939-55 ), and thereafter the treasurer of the Union ; the president of Urdd y Seren Fore 1936-37 and president of the Union of Young Baptists of Wales , 1952-58 ; president of the county association 1951-52 when he delivered an address from the chair on the subject ‘ In the midst of time ’. In the November before his death he had been elevated to become the vice-president of the Welsh section of the union . The annual conference (the conference celebrating the centenary) had been invited back to its original home in Carmarthen .
Throughout the years he was a fervent supporter of the Baptist Missionary Society . In 1959 it was he who was responsible for collection of the contributions from Wales towards the Thomas Lewis ( 1859 - 1929 ) memorial hospital in Angola and for organising a meeting to celebrate his centenary in his old home at Pontyfenni near Whitland . There is a clear indication of his radical nonconformist stance in his volume of tribute Sir Rhys Hopkin Morris … The man and his character ( 1958 ).
He spent the closing years of his life at the home of his daughter and son-in-law at Parson's Lodge , Clunderwen where he d. on 9 Mar. 1965 . He was buried on 12 Mar. in Tabernacl graveyard. He had just completed his autobiography, Golden strands: Some memories along life's pilgrimage ( 1965 ). Tradition has it that the manuscript arrived at the printers on the morning of his death.
Benjamin George Owens, M.A., Aberystwyth
Published date: 2001