Bishop Heslin dies leaves diocese without shepherd

Bishop Heslin died on Feb. 22, 1911. He guided the diocesan church through the turn of the century. A few weeks prior to his death while visiting churches in East Central Mississippi, he met with an unfortunate accident. Apparently according to Bishop Gunn’s diary, Bishop Heslin was riding in a mule cart and it had stopped. He dozed off and when the driver got the mule going again, Bishop Heslin tumbled out the back of the wagon unbeknownst to the driver. the driver discovered his passenger was missing further down the road and went back to retrieve him finding him unconscious. Bishop Heslin was a tall man and the driver had great difficulty getting him back in the cart. Bishop Heslin most likely suffered a broken rib from this accident and may have ultimately succumbed to pneumonia.