Journal of the Central Texas Conference, Fourth Annual Session, Methodist Episcopal Church South Page: 39
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CENTRAL TEXAS CON;S F'RENCEBX JOURNAL
REV. JEROME DUNCiAN.
The Central Texas Conference suffered a-n u;.Laralleled loss
when Rev. Jerome Duncan, one of its foremost; members and
most efficient leaders, while yet in the meridian of_ life and
at the flood-tide of his usefulness, swas unexpectledly called from
labor to rest and reward.
His birth was in Stewart County, Tennessee, October 14, 1860.
He was the worthy son of a worthy father. Rev. Thos. J. Duncan
a tender and affectionate father, wa for thirty-seven years an
itinerant preacher and a wise, aggressive, positive, influential
leader in the church. His mother, likewise, was a strong
character, true wife, loving mother, ideal home-maker. In
such a home Jerome Duncan was born and reared, and his
intense love, implicit obedience, and affectionate admiration
for his parents placed him in position to receive the best that
such a home and such parents could inspire and impart. And
his relation to his three brothers and tvwo sisters was just as
admirable. Indeed, his whole life was characterized by well
nigh ideal family relationships, whether as son, brother, husband
He attended school at Cross Plains, Tennessee, and later
went to that famous school, the Southwestern Presbyterian
University, while Dr. Joseph R. Wilson, father of President
Woodrow Wilson, was at its head. Thus did rich heritage, excel-
lent home training, true education and great associations enter
into the make-up of Bro. Duncan. He was converted and joined
the church under the ministry of Rev. J. D. Barbee, D. D., for
whom to the end he had a warm affection. He was twice mar-
ried, first to Miss Sarah Holmes, of Clarksville, Tenn., in 1885,
who died in 1888; and again, September 15, 1891, to Miss Mattie
Reagan, daughter of Rev. R. A. Reagan, more than fifty years
an honored itinerant preacher. To this happy union were born
five worthy daughters and one son. All survive with their
mother, except one girl who died in infancy.
He was licensed to preach August 9, 1889, in Clarksville
Station, Clarksville District, Rev. W. R. Peeples, preacher in
charge and Rev. J. W. Hill, presiding elder; and that fall he
was admitted on trial into the Tennessee Conference. He was
ordained a Deacon by Bishop Wilson, November 1, 1891 an;
an Elder by Bishop Keener, October 22, 1893. In his home Con-
ference he served one year on Trinity Circuit, two years at
Guthrie, Ky., and one year at Cedar Hill, Tenn. It was at this
latter place, New Year's Day, 1893, that the present writer's
acquaintance and friendship with .Bro. Duncan began, a friend-
ship that never ended, shall never end.
In the fall of 1893, Bro. Duncan transferred to this Conference
where without intermission, he labored until the day of his
death. He served the following charges: Morrow Street,
Waco, 1894-7; Vernon, 1898-1901; Hillsboro. 1902-4; Fifth Street,
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