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Loss to Great Houghton– Impressive Funeral Scenes

April 1939

South Yorkshire Times, April 7th, 1939.

By the death of Mr G.H. Sharpe, last Thursday (reported in our last issue) many vacancies in the public and religious life of Great Houghton were created. Among a few of the offices Mr Sharpe held were trustee for Alice Adams Charity, Hemsworth rural Councilor, Houghton parish Councillor, trustee secretary and treasurer of Great Houghton Methodist Chapel, subbranch secretary of the Y.M.A.for Houghton, superintendent of the Methodist Sunday school (primary department), secretary of the local hospital movement, etc.

the love and great esteem in which Mr Sharpe was held in the whole of the district was manifest on Sunday, when the funeral took place. Every member of the Methodist chapel was present, in addition to every Scholar at the Sunday school. The Cortege left the house preceded by a long procession, including representatives of the rural Council, Hemsworth divisional Labour Party, Horton Parish Council, Houghton Main Y.M.A.officials, minus permanent relief fund, Methodist Sunday school, apostolic church, Church of England, Sheffield Druids, with 20 officials of Houghton Main colliery, a representative of the local preachers mutual Association (Barnsley East circuit) this large body formed a guard of honor at the entrance to Horton Methodist Chapel, where a service was held. Every seat was filled for the service, which was conducted by the rev. W. Giddings, and Mr W Nicholson. Afterwards all representative bodies again formed a guard of honor while they procession reformed and left for Darfield Cemetery where the Interment took place.