Shelby  County  Indiana


A  Shelbyville  Newspaper
Monday, November 16, 1953
Pastor at Trinity
Church 30 Years;
Funeral Wednesday
[Photgraph of Rev. Josephine Huffer]
          Rev. Josephine B. Huffer,  66, pastor of the Trinity Methodist Church for 30 years, died at Major hospital Sunday night at 10:00 o'clock.  She had beenin failing health for some time and her condition hadbeen serious for several weeks.  Death was attributed to a cerebral hemorrhage.
          Born in Switzerland county on July 31, 1887, the daughter of  Pryor and  Mary Elizabeth (Montgomery) Pavy,  Rev. Huffer was graduated from the old Moores Hill College and taught school for several years.  She turned to the ministry following the death on November 19, 1918, of her husband  Rev. Wilbur A. Campbell,  to whom she was married in October, 1914.
          In 1920 she was licensed as the first woman minister in Indiana and was assigned to the Cross Plains circuit.  She was the first woman in the state to be ordained anelder and was ordained a ministeron September 13, 1925.
          Rev. Huffer was assigned as pastor of the old Main Street Church here in 1924 and in 1927 a new church, now Trinity, was completed and dedicated.  She had held the pastorate of the same church longer than any other minister in the state.
          In 1929 she was married to  W. W. Huffer  whose deathoccurredonNovember 8, 1939.  She is survived by three children,  James W. Campbell  of San Lorenzo, Cal.;  Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Merkle  of Claypool, Ind., and  Mrs. Miriam Senger  of Frankfort.  Also surviving are six grandchildren and one brother,  Charles R. Pavy  of Indianapolis.
          Funeral services, in charge of the Murphy Mortuary, will be held at the TrinityChurch Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. H. O. Kisner, superintendent of the Rushville Methodist District, officiating.  Friends may call at the late home, 720 Fair Ave., from 2:00 p.m. Tuewday to 10 a.m. Wednesday and after that at the church.  Burial [my copy ends here]. Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

A  Shelbyville  Newspaper
Thursday, November 16, 1939
Husband of Trinity Methodist
Church Pastor Dies Sudden-
ly Following Stroke at Res-
idence Here.
Services Will Be Conducted at
Trinity Church Saturday Aft-
ernoon -- Efforts to Resuscitate
Religious Leader Made By Po-
lice and Fire Department Mem-
          With the entire community saddened by his sudden death, funeral and burial arrangements were completed today for the  Rev. William W. Huffer,  age sixty, active in religious affairs in Shelbyville and Shelby county for past decade, who was found dead Wednesday evening at his home at 720 Fair avenue.  His death was due either to an apoplectic stroke or a heart seizure.
          His wife, the  Rev. Josephine Huffer,  pastor of the Trinity Methodist chuch here, found his body in the bathtub at their home whenshe returned at 4:30 p.m.  Members of the city fire department and police department were called and made resuscitation efforts until it was established by a physician that Mr. Huffer had been dead for about an hour before his body was found.  Coroner Charles Kohlmyer  said his death was caused either by apoplex or a heart attack.
          The funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday in the Trinity Methodist church.  Charles M. Ewing is the funeral director in charge.
          Mr. Huffer was born in Bartholomew countyin 1879, a son of  Josephus and  Lanie Sprague Huffer.  His marriage to  Mrs. Josephine Campbell  took place October 3, 1929.  He was a graduate of Moore's Hill college at Moore's Hill, Ind., and had been active as a minister in the Hope community for several years prior to his marriage.  He wasa veteranof the Spanish-American War.
          Survivors, besides the widow, are three step-children,  James W.,  Mary Elizabeth  and  Miriam Campbell;  five brothers,  Delphia,  Elmer  and  Ernest Huffer,  of Columbus;  Cecil Huffer,  of Indianaplis, and  Harry Huffer,  of Hope, and two sisters,  Mrs. Ida Crittenden,  of Hope, and  Mrs. Blanche Downey, of Indianapolis.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

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