Mrs Mary Milne Duff, called home on 8th July, aged 96. Mary, along with her late husband Alex, was saved while attending Salvation Army meetings, was baptised and received into fellowship in the Cullen assembly in 1939. Moving to Peterhead in 1948 they remained in assembly fellowship until they retired to Shetland in 1969, and were latterly in fellowship at Sound Gospel Hall. Mary was a devoted sister, and a very faithful attender at all the gatherings of the saints. She knew peace and contentment especially in her latter years when facing the trials and loneliness of old age, thus testifying to Gods enduring grace.
Mrs Myra Foster, called suddenly to be with her Lord on 31st October, aged 68. She was saved as a girl in Falconer Street Gospel Hall, Port Glasgow, where later she was baptised and received into fellowship. Upon her marriage, she and her husband (Sandy) moved to Gourock, where they have continued in consistent fellowship for over 43 years. Given to much fellowship in the home, she was committed to all the gatherings of the saints, and had a good testimony among her neighbours. A devoted wife, mother, and grandmother, her husband and family would appreciate your prayers.
Mr Albert William Gidley, aged 98, called home on 22nd October. Mr Gidley, born in Cardiff, spent many happy years along with his wife and two daughters at Tavistock Gospel Hall and Heath Gospel Hall, Cardiff. The last six years of his life were at Narberth, Pembrokeshire. "He who overcomes, I will make him a pillar in the temple of My God, and he shall go out no more" (Rev 3.12).
Mr Henry James was called home on 11th August whilst in hospital, aged 91. Saved as a young man of 21, he was baptised and received into fellowship at the Gospel Hall, Blackpool, where he and his dear wife Dorothy enjoyed happy fellowship, and our brother faithfully served as correspondent for the last 45 years. A love for the Lords people and for the Word of God saw Henry and Dorothy travel extensively to the various conferences and meetings around the UK and further afield. Many a visitor to Blackpool will remember evenings spent in the home, where our brother loved to speak of the Lord and "the things concerning Himself". Henry was faithful and consistent at the gatherings of the Lords people until declining health, and the care of Dorothy, restricted his attendance in recent years. He was a faithful man with a bright testimony, and will be sadly missed by the many who knew him. Of our brother we can say, "Whose faith follow". A goodly number gathered at the burial service which was shared by Darren Butterworth and Rex Maffey, the word at the graveside being given by Charles Meek. Please remember Dorothy, currently in hospital following a major operation, who would value prayer, and also the assembly at Salthouse Avenue, Blackpool which is now very small.
Mr William Keys, aged 75, a quiet and most valued member of the Shields Road Gospel Hall assembly, passed peacefully into the presence of the Lord on 17th October after a very trying illness extending over a three year period. Our dear brother at the age of 52 trusted Christ during meetings held in Shields Road by our late brother Robert McPheat. Willie, following his conversion, immersed himself in the Scriptures, and took a keen interest in assembly matters. He was very active in the community with a view to the salvation of others, and spent much of his time visiting local people endeavouring to build up the regular Gospel meetings held in a local community room. In his life he manifested Christ-like features endearing him to both old and young alike. He had a special interest in the study of prophecy; he now enjoys in reality what he anticipated by faith. Prayer is requested for his brother David and sister-in-law June who are not in the best of health.
Mrs Lilias Penman, called home suddenly on 13th November, aged 83. Saved as a girl, she was baptised and received into Greengairs assembly, and was then in Hebron Hall, Airdrie for a number of years. With her late husband Jimmy she was given to much hospitality. She attended the Saturday night meetings when possible. She will be missed by the saints, her son and two daughters, their spouses and families.
Mr Andrew William Peterson, aged 85, called home suddenly on 16th September while onboard the Northlink ferry mv Hrossey. Willie, as he was known in Shetland, was returning from the Forres Bible Readings. He enjoyed over 60 years assembly fellowship, much of that time spent in assemblies throughout Scotland. His zest and enthusiasm for the things of the Lord remained consistent till the end. He is greatly missed by the saints at Sound Gospel Hall where he was in fellowship.
Mrs Sadie Rainey, called home suddenly on 9th October. Saved as a girl of 13 years, she was later baptised and in Ballyhackamore assembly fellowship until her marriage to Mr Alex Rainey of the Clonkeen assembly. Our sister had a deep exercise to distribute gospel literature in the locality where she lived. She cared untiringly for her husband Alex who will miss her greatly, and for whom prayer would be much valued. Mr Ivan Hamill and Mr Gardiner Logan conducted the funeral, with her nephew, Mr Don Palmer, paying tribute to her life.