One of his many hobbies was astronomy . He knew the stars by name, and on many a clear night he observed them through his telescope outside his house; he became a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society . He also took an interest in gypsies , with whom he made friends. His published works- O ganol shir Gâr , Cyn dringo'r Mynydd Du , Rhamantwr y De and Cyffro'r hen goffrau -abound in old Carmarthenshire phrases, old beliefs and rural amusements, and reveal his vivid imagination and story-telling gifts. He was a well-received evangelical preacher but he gave most of his attention to pastoral duties. He travelled much on the continent of Europe , often travelling on cargo ships from Swansea . He also went on a preaching tour of the U.S.A. As president of the Union of Welsh Independents he delivered his address from the chair in Pwllheli in 1958 on ‘ The continuance of the Pentecost ’. One of his many generous acts was his gift of £1000 to his denomination's Assistance Fund . He received an honorary D.D. (Oslo) , and in 1965 he was awarded the O.B.E. in acknowledgement of his humanitarian acts and for his bravery on many occasions in rescuing persons in danger of drowning.
He m. (1), 10 Nov. 1908 , Anna Twining , Richmond Tce. , Carmarthen (d. 1933 ). He m. (2), 1934 , Sarah Jane Davies , Wauncefen , Heolddu , Ammanford . He d. 10 Aug. 1968 and was buried in Gellimanwydd cemetery.
Rev. Derwyn Morris Jones, Swansea
Published date: 2001