Journal of the Central Texas Conference, First Annual Session, Methodist Episcopal Church South Page: 27
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CENTRAL TEXAS CONFERENCE JOURNAL.
JAMES SANFORD TUNNELL.
Rev. James Sanford Tunnell was born April 12, 1855, near Tyler, Texas.
He was called from labor to refreshment at 10:45 p. m., on the 9th day of
March, 1910. His departure was unexpected and very sudden. The call
came while at work on the parsonage yard at Ranger, Texas, his last pas-
toral charge. He never spoke or saw the light from that moment, but was
ready. His house was in order, and preparation wvas not necessary for the
journey. The purity of his life and purpose was never questioned, and was
above reproach. He was studious, thoughtful, logical, and his sermons
were models in construction, being more than the ordinary of his day. He
studied his sermons, never coming before his congregation without thorough
preparation. A large, neat and well kept journal shows every detail of his
work: record of texts, time and place of delivery of sermons, number 'of ser-
mons preached in each pastoral charge, number of baptisms, adult and
infant members received, amount of money collected for missions and gen-
eral collections, for pastor and presiding elder, and all with such care
through thirty-two years that we see method and great pride in all his
work. Total number of marriages, 129, with fees of $466. Number of mem-
bers received, 1323; number of sermons preached, 3599; amount on confer-
ence collections, $5344; paid presiding elder, $2565; preacher in charge, $15,-
530. This is a fine showing for the hard circuits of his earlier ministry.
He joined the Northwest Texas Conference at Belton, Texas, in November,
1878. He served, in order, 1879, Mountain Mission; 1880-81, Lampasas Cir-
cuit; 1882, Marlin ,Station; 1883, South Gabriel Circuit; 1884, Round Rock
Circuit; 1885-86, Liberty Hill Circuit; 1887, Burnet Circuit; 1888-89, Corn
Hill Circuit; 1890, Taylor Station; 1891, Mexia Station; 1892-93, Boonville
Circuit; 1894, Whitt Circuit; 1895-98, Mineral Wells; 1899-1900, Moran and
Albany; 1901-02, Gordon; 1903-06, Valley Mills and Clifton; 1907-08, Morgan
and Walnut; 1909, Whitney Station; 1910, he served Ranger Circuit for three
months, when he laid his armor down and went to his reward. But few men
have made an unbroken record of so many years. He was married to Miss
Nellie Mabry December 25, 1881, at Burnet, Texas. To this union God gave
six children-three sons and three daughters. Gladys, Avis and Florry were
his daughters, who were the pride of his happy home. His sons are San-
ford, Buford and Olin, who are an honor to their parents, and promise much
to the world. Brother Tunnell's devotion to his family was very marked,
and the response was delightful, making a most happy family. May the God
of this brave and strong man comfort and guide the grief-stricken com-
panion and wife, and may the mantle of the father fall upon his children.
May they be sons and daughters of the Lord Almighty. Peace be to his
sleeping dust. We shall meet again. M. K. LITTLE.
Marion Mills was born in Jefferson County, Fla., January 20, 1840; with his
father moved to Mississippi in 1843 and to Erath County, Texas, in 1856,
where he lived for one year. The family then moved to Henderson County,
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