History of the Restoration Movement

Leon Brandon McQuiddy


Leon B. McQuiddy

The subject of this sketch was the eldest son of J. C. and Emma Bell McQuiddy. He was born July 8, 1887, and died in Philadelphia, Pa., October 18, 1950. He was, therefore, at the time of his death slightly more than sixty-three years old.

He received his education in the public schools, Wallace School, and Vanderbilt University.

Brother McQuiddy, like his lamented father, was a successful businessman. As a young man he traveled extensively in Tennessee, especially Middle Tennessee, in the interest of the McQuiddy Printing Company, of which his father was founder and president. After the death of his father in 1924, he became president of the McQuiddy Printing Company and publisher of the Gospel Advocate. In this capacity he served with distinction for a quarter of a century.

Concerning J. C. McQuiddy, John T. Lewis wrote in the Gospel Advocate of September 11, 1924: "It was his business sagacity that steered the Gospel Advocate safely over all the financial breakers through which it passed for more than a third of a century. At one time Brother Lipscomb took the management of the Gospel Advocate out of Brother McQuiddy's hands; but he soon saw that the Advocate was becoming hopelessly involved in debt, so he called for Brother McQuiddy and told him he wanted him to take the Advocate, get it out of debt, and run it-that he was the only one that could do it. Brother McQuiddy told Brother Lipscomb that: he would do the best he could. The Advocate stands today as a vindication of Brother Lipscomb's confidence in Brother McQuiddy's business ability. Not only did Brother McQuiddy successfully handle the affairs of the Advocate during his lifetime, but he also made provisions for its continued success."

At the funeral of J. C. McQuiddy, T. B. Larimore said: "Brother McQuiddy manifested his usual good judgment in so thoroughly training, both theoretically and practically, his eldest son, Leon B. McQuiddy, to be his successor in business, that, practically, the business was in Leon's hands before his father went away; hence, he is not only perfectly prepared to manage the business successfully, but I want to add what it is not necessary to add: he will do it honestly and conscientiously, as well as correctly." "Brother Leon," as he was familiarly known to his many friends, more than fulfilled Brother Larimore's prediction. Under his wise foresight and management, the company continued to grow.

Brother McQuiddy was unfailingly generous in his dealings with his fellow man. No one knows how many weak congregations, poor preachers, and other objects of generous consideration have been helped from his liberal hand. The Fairview Church, on Hillsboro Road, of which he was a member the last twenty years of his life, could testify to his liberality.

Truly, a prince and a great man is fallen in Israel.

-B.C. Goodpasture, Editorial, Gospel Advocate, 11.23.1950, page 746

The Tennessean, Nashville, Tennessee
January 27, 1924, page 33

Nashville Banner, Nashville, Tennessee
Sunday, June 29, 1930, page 19

The Tennessean, Nashville, Tennessee
Wednesday, June 19, 1946, page 15

Nashville Banner, Nashville Tennessee
Thursday, October 19, 1950, page 1,6

Nashville Banner, Nashville, Tennessee
Friday, October 20, 1950 page 10

The Tennessean, Nashville, Tennessee
Thursday, Nov_2, 1950, page 19

Directions To Grave

The Karnes family plot is in the Old Mount Olivet Cemetery in Nashville, Tennessee. Among many of the dead, now with the Lord there, they are located in Section 12, just north of the middle of the section. You can go to the Section sign, and looking in the graves will be several rows in and to the left. Mount Olivet can be easily accessed from I-24 in Nashville. Take the Fessler's Street exit and head north two lights to Lebanon Pike and turn right. You'll pass the Catholic Cemetery. Then next cemetery will be Mt. Olivet. You can go to the office for a map, or see one here. Or, follow the GPS actual location below. The plot is in Section 20.

GPS Location
36°08'44.4"N 86°43'53.8"W
or D.d. 36.145661,-86.731605

Nell McQuiddy Goodpasture
1923 - 2007
(Daughter - Nell married B. C. Goodpature, Jr.)

Anna Deal Bramwell McQuiddy
1892 -1946
(wife of L. B. McQuiddy)

Leon Brandon McQuiddy
1887 - 1950

Photos Taken 11.14.2022
Webpage produced 11.22.2022
Courtesy Of Scott Harp


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