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Clergyman

John Lloyd Decell was an American clergyman.

Background

Decell, John Lloyd was born on August 12, 1887 in Brookhaven, Mississippi, United States. Son of William A. and Mary (Smith) Decell.

Education

Student Union College, Barbourville, Kentucky, 1906-1909. D D., Millsaps College, Jackson, Mississippi, 1929. Doctor of Laws, Union College, 1938, Athens College, 1938.

Career

Admitted Mississippi Annual Conference, 1910. Successively pastor at Osyka, Mount Olive, Waynesboro, McComb—all Mississippi, 1910-1919, St. Paul’s Church, Fresno, California, 1919-1920, Central Church, Meridian, Mississippi, 1921-1924, Galloway Memorial Church, Jackson, Mississippi, 1932-1938. Elected bishop Methodist Episcopal Church, South, 1938.

Bishop Methodist Church, May 1939. Presiding elder Jackson (Mississippi) District, 1925-1928, Brookhaven (Mississippi) District, 1929-1931. Delaware to General Conference, 1926, 30, 34, 38, member Education Commission, 1926-1930, secretary Interdenominational Relations Commission, 1930-1934.

Secretary General Conference Commission Church Union with M E. and Member of Parliament chs., term 1934-1938. Member General Board Christian Education. Director Greater Millsaps College Movement, 1937-1938.

Membership

Member General Board Christian Education. Member Kappa Alpha, International Society of Theta Phi, Omicron Delta Kappa. Mason.; Kiwanian.

Connections

Married Bertha Whitley, August 16, 1910. Children: Frances Elizabeth, William James.

father:
William A. Decell

mother:
Mary (Smith) Decell

spouse:
Bertha Whitley

child:
Frances Elizabeth Decell

child:
William James Decell