Samuel Hiram Braly

1849 - 1934

Cumberland Presbyterian Minister



Rev. S. H. Braly, 84 years of age, former dean of our theological seminary, died at his home in McKenzie, Tenn., Saturday, April 28, at 3:15 a.m., following an illness of pneumonia.

Bro. Braly taught in the theological seminary at Bethel College for 12 years and served as dean two years. He was graduated from Cumberland University and was later given an honorary D.D. degree from Bethel College. He had been in the ministry for more than 60 years and had held pastorates in several places in Texas and West Tennessee.

Surviving are his wife, the former Miss Frances Sherill of Henderson; three daughters, Misses Sue May and Nona Braly and Mrs. Ailene Kirk of McKenzie, and two sons, John and Will Braly of Henderson.

According to daily press report the funeral services were held at the Cumberland Presbyterian Church in McKenzie Sunday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock, conducted by Rev. S. L. Noel, Rev. E. K. Reagin, dean of the seminary, and the Rev. W. D. Perry of Paducah, Ky. Burial was at Henderson, Tenn.

Bro. Braly was one of the most highly respected members of our church for his scholarship, his able ministry, and for his quiet, sweet disposition. To know him was to love him; to be in his presence was to become aware of abilities and piety.

The church has lost a grand old man. May the Lord sustain and comfort his bereaved ones.
[Source: The Cumberland Presbyterian, May 3, 1934, page 12]

On motion, the presbytery recommended sister Braly, the widow of the late Rev. S. H. Braly, D.D., to the Board of Ministerial Relief of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church as one entitled to and worthy of assistance from the Board as a regular beneficiary of said Board.

A committee was appointed and commissioned to raise funds to assist in paying the burial expenses of Brother Braly and to place a marker at his grave. The committee consisted of the following: Rev. R. H. Jackson, treasurer; Rev. E. R. Ramer, Elder L. L. Travillian. Also the said committee was directed to make report of its work at the next regular session of the presbytery.
[Source: Minutes of Hopewell Presbytery, May 19, 1934, page 4]

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