Rev. W. C. Harbert Former Pastor Dies

Rev. W. C. Harbert, a former Astoria U. B. circuit preacher, died Sunday at his home in Sciota.

Rev. Harbert was located here three years ago, going from here to London Mills.

Short services were held at the home at one o'clock, Tuesday, conducted by Rev. J. E. Fry and John Davis. The remains were brought here Tuesday evening for interment.

Rev. W. C. Harbert was born at Martinsville, Clark county, Illinois, May 21, 1859. He passed away at the Willow Grove parsonage near Sciota, where he was serving his first year as pastor.

Rev. Harbert was the son of Daniel Harbert, a Baptist minister of Southern Illinois. On Oct. 18, 1882, he was united in marriage to Miss Alice L. Smith at Martinsville and to this union were born three children, two of whom with his aged wife survive to mourn his death. They are: Mrs. Hattie L., wife of Rev. G. H. Schisler of Baylis and Rev. C. C. Harbert of London Mills. There are also three grandchildren and one sister, Mrs. Amanda White of Powel Station, Tenn.

Rev. Harbert was first licensed as an exorter in the United Brethren church, Jan. 8, 1887 and was granted a quarterly conference license to preach, Sept. 10, 1887. He became a member of the Wabash conference, Sept. 26, 1888. His annual conference license was signed by Bishop J. Dickson, at Westfield. Rev. Harbert was ordained to the office of Elder at Westfield Aug. 26, 1891. His ordination papers were signed by Bishop J. Weaver.

Rev. Harbert was a faithful and successful pastor, having served the following charges: Bluford, Toledo, Oblong, Yale, Prayerton, Lewis, Oleny, Parkersburg, Martinsville, Casey, Flora, West Salem, Astoria circuit, London Mills, Baylis and Willow Grove.

Funeral services were held at the U. B. church today at 2 o'clock conducted by Rev. J. H. Davis and assisted by Rev. J. E. Fry. Burial in the Astoria cemetery.


Published in the Argus-Search Light on 3/24/1920

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