Mr Norman Alcorn, passed peacefully from hospital into the presence of the Lord on 25th March, aged 84. He was saved as a boy of six, and baptised and received into the Limavady Assembly, Northern Ireland when he was fifteen years of age. He later came to Scotland and was in happy fellowship in the assembly at Coatdyke, before moving to Millport, Isle of Cumbrae, and spending thirty-one years of happy fellowship with the saints, where he proved to be a valuable asset to the assembly. He then moved to Aviemore because of family circumstances, and in recent years was in fellowship in the small assembly at Kingussie, where his worth was greatly appreciated, and where all loved him. He was a brother who contributed gladly to the spiritual well-being of the assembly, and will be greatly missed. His funeral was an evidence of the esteem in which he was held. Mourned by all, but especially by his family. Prayer is requested for Normans widow Rietta, daughter Gillian, and son Jim, who is in Australia.
Mr Frederick James McKee, on 3rd August, aged 79, in a nursing home after a long illness borne with dignity and confidence in God. Saved when he was fifteen, for all the years until illness prevented he was a loyal and devoted member of the assembly meeting in Frances Street, Newtownards. Not a public man, but one whose consistent testimony was a voice to many. His large funeral from the hall was conducted by Messrs E Noble and J G Hutchinson assisted by local saints. Prayer valued for his widow and family, all in Christ.
Mrs Martha Elizabeth (Lily) Millar passed peacefully into the presence of the Lord on 13th August, aged 82 years. She was saved on 25th May, 1949, and along with her husband Jack was in fellowship in the Ballyhay Assembly, Co Down. A quiet sister, she was always busy and was widely known for her hospitality. The funeral from Ballyhay Gospel Hall was very large, and Mr C Williamson, Mr J Martin and Mr R Eadie conducted the service which she had arranged herself over a year previously. Prayer is requested for her husband Jack who was able to attend the funeral but is still in hospital.
Mr Reuben Nesbitt, on 10th July, aged 76 years. Saved in 1952, he was received some time later into the assembly at Erryroe, Co Monaghan, and was in happy fellowship there until his death and home-call, the result of a motor car accident on his way to remember the Lord. He was a farmer, but his chief interest was in the assembly of which he was a faithful elder. He had a delight in the spread of the gospel, and much of his time was spent visiting people in the area seeking their eternal welfare. In this labour he was untiring, distributing tracts, with often an invitation to gospel meetings, and toward the end of the year gave out hundreds of Scripture Calendars. He was the only surviving member of his family and will be sadly missed in the neighbourhood, in the assembly, and by his many cousins, his nearest relatives, who mourn his passing. At his very large and representative funeral many heard the plain gospel, some perhaps for the first time. Prayer requested for the small assembly and for some of his kindred, cousins, not yet saved.
Mr Robert Weir, on 14th July, aged 77 years. Following heart surgery and a severe stroke, he passed peacefully into the Lords presence. Saved in early life and brought up in Bothwell, he moved to Dumfries in 1955. Regular in attendance at assembly meetings, he always showed an interest in the Scriptures. The large attendance at his funeral was evidence of the respect in which he was held. Prayer requested for his family, especially for his wife Isobel, who has had similar surgery.
Mrs Amelia (Amy) Wylie passed peacefully into the presence of the Lord on 10th June, aged 97. Saved at twelve years at meetings conducted by Mr Grimson, Larkhall, she was baptised at 15 years and received into fellowship in Ebenezer Hall, Coalburn. After marriage she moved to Lesmahagow, was in fellowship in Hope Hall for seventy years, and was a Sunday School teacher for fifty years. Latterly she was in care at Auchlochan House. She lived by faith and died in faith.