Mrs Mary (May) Beacom, called home on 18th January, aged 74. Saved in 1959 at meetings held in the Snow Hill Mission Hall, she was later baptised and received into Enniskillen Assembly and was in happy fellowship for some years. Later she met with the saints in the Lisbellaw Assembly until she was called home. She was a humble, faithful sister and moved quietly in dependence upon God, and she will be greatly missed. Her funeral service (attended by many) was from the Gospel Hall when J Wishart and A Aiken gave suitable messages, and W Bell and W McConkey shared in prayer. Remember two daughters who are in assembly fellowship, and others of the family circle for blessing in salvation.
Mr Thomas James (Tommy) Forde, called home on 30th January, aged 83, after a year of illness, and five months after the home-call of his wife Louisa. Tommy, a half-brother of the late James Stewart of Trinidad, was saved at the age of 32 years whilst out in the fields on the Colin Mountain. It was in later life that he was received into the assembly at Ballyclare where he remained for the past twenty-two years displaying a gracious and humble spirit. He was very active in the distribution of gospel tracts, and had a great skill in making Scripture texts and in illuminating Bible inscriptions. He is missed by his family circle and assembly members. Prayer would be valued for his son Raymond, daughter-in-law Linda, and grandsons Nikki and Derri. Brethren Jack Lennox and Brian Currie spoke at the funeral services.
Mr Robert Grainger, called home on 29th January, aged 84. He was saved on 15th August, 1954 when Geoffrey Bull was preaching in Ebenezer Gospel Hall, Belfast. Later baptised and received into fellowship, he was part of Joseph Street Assembly until the hall was demolished. He was then a foundation member of the new assembly on the Shankill Road where he served the assembly faithfully in every responsible office - Superintendent of the Sunday School, treasurer of the assembly offerings, and faithful overseer. He was buried from Shankill Gospel Hall. Mr Thomas Bentley preached to a packed Hall, and Mr David Kane preached the gospel at the burial.
Mr Ernest Jess, aged 92, was called home on 20th January. He was saved in November, 1945 at meetings conducted by Joseph Poots and Harold Paisley and was soon received into the fellowship of the Kilmore, Co Armagh Assembly where he continued steadfastly until he suffered a stroke in May, 2004. Godly, gracious, and of gentlemanly character he earned the respect of people in Dollingstown where he lived and the wider community, by bearing a consistent and unblemished testimony. He commenced teaching a Sunday school in 1946, and was involved until May, 2004. Freshness marked his worship and prayer as he developed in ministry of the Word and became a wise overseer with a sympathetic heart. Andrew Nesbitt spoke to a large number at his funeral service in the Kilmore Gospel Hall, where George Hawthorne gave a moving tribute covering his life and service. W J Nesbitt spoke suitable words at the graveside.
Mr William (Bill) King, on 19th January, aged 94. Bill and his brother Harry King (Brazil) spent their Christian teenage years in Tillicoultry. Most of his adult life was spent in fellowship with the assembly at Innerleven, Methil where he was Sunday School Superintendent for nearly thirty years. Four years after the death of his wife Mary he moved to sheltered housing in Kennoway where he met with and greatly encouraged the saints in Arnot Gospel Hall. In the goodness of God, his family of four are saved and serving the Lord.
Mrs Mary Pirie passed into the presence of her Lord on 8th December, at the age of 93. Saved in her late teens through the preaching of the late Peter Bruce the evangelist who was holding tent meetings in her own village of Kemnay, she was baptised and received into fellowship in the Inverurie Assembly where she continued steadfastly for over seventy years. Her latter years were spent in Summerhill Home in Aberdeen where she enjoyed care, comfort and fellowship. A contented and committed Christian and a very faithful sister in Christ.
Mrs Annie Stannage, aged 86, called home on 1st December. Annie was saved as a girl at her mothers knee, the morning after hearing the gospel preached. She was a member of the assembly at Shieldhill for over 70 years, and a student of the Scriptures, and, with her husband Tom, loved to discuss them. They were much given to hospitality, and were mainstays of the Shieldhill Assembly. Since Toms death, Annies health declined, and it is good to know that she is now "at home with the Lord". Prayer would be appreciated for the family.