Mr Robert Bell, on 5th September, suddenly in hospital, aged 74. He was saved at a tent mission in Belfast in 1955, and having convictions about infant sprinkling he left the church with which he was associated, and after a short time gathered with assemblies, first in Castlereagh, then Bloomfield and latterly in Kingsbridge, Belfast. He took an interest in assembly affairs and had a heart for the spread of the gospel and Sunday school work. He had the joy of seeing his family saved. Prayer would be valued for all, especially a daughter who is quite ill. J G Hutchinson and D Williamson were responsible for speaking at the house and the grave. Local folk shared in prayer and tribute.
Mr Arthur L Clarke, on 13th September, aged 94. Saved in Bessbrook, where he was for some time in the assembly, he was later in Waringstown where he was highly respected and loved. A gracious, kind, brother, interested in the work and ways of the Lord, he had the joy of seeing the blessing of God in his family. He will be greatly missed. His large funeral was from the Gospel Hall in Waringstown when J G Hutchinson gave suitable messages at the Hall and the grave assisted by local brethren in prayer and hymns.
Mrs Mary Craig, called to be with her Lord on 30th August, aged 74, after a long illness bravely borne. She was saved as a teenager in 1950 and received into fellowship in 1953. Upon her marriage, she and her husband Harry moved to Busby, and then to Gourock where they have continued in consistent fellowship for 38 years. Our sister was committed to all the gatherings of the saints among whom she served diligently until her health deteriorated. A devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, her husband and family would appreciate your prayers.
Mr Fred Elliott went to be with the Lord on 26th June, aged 81. Saved in 1940, he was in fellowship in Lurgan for 24 years, then in Stubby Hill assembly, until it closed in 1999. Since then he was in fellowship in Broomhedge, though failing health hindered attendance at meetings during the last two years. A keen student of the Word, he very ably preached at gospel and ministry meetings for many years. The love and respect of many friends and neighbours were evident at the funeral service, when Mr Reg Jordan and local brethren took part. Prayer valued for his wife, son, and other relatives.
Mr William (Willie) Fotheringham, aged 78, was taken home on 30th August. Well known in Fife, he was a much loved and cheerful brother who faithfully witnessed for the Lord. As organist it was his delight to lead the company in hymn singing in the Arnot Gospel Hall, Kennoway. He is greatly missed by his wife Flora and their family and also by the assembly.
Mrs Irene Elizabeth Glasgow, born in 1932, was called home on 24th August. Irene was saved as a young girl of ten. She and her husband Noel were in happy fellowship in a number of assemblies over the years. For some thirty years they have been in the Glengormley assembly and our sister has been much appreciated for her consistency and attendance there. She will be remembered for her patience and fortitude in suffering over the past years. The funeral service was conducted by local brethren Tom Meekin, Wesley Moore, and Ivan Gordon with prayer by brethren Thompson Kenny and Andrew Kenny. The large company in the Gospel Hall and at the graveside bore testimony to the respect in which our dear sister was held. Prayer would be much appreciated for Noel and the family in the days ahead.
Mrs Grace Rowberry was called home on 12th September, after a short illness. Grace was born again as a young girl, and after teaching languages in Europe and the UK for some years she married the late Jim Rowberry. In 1945 they went to serve the Lord in India, spending many years in His service in that country, mainly in Jabalpur. India had a very large place in her heart right to the end and she continued to communicate regularly with many of the Lords people there.
For the past three years she was in fellowship with the saints in Holburn Gospel Hall, Aberdeen where she was held in high esteem, and where her quiet spiritual influence was profoundly felt in the assembly.
A Godly woman whose deep love was to gather with the Lords people, she will be greatly missed.
Mr Jim Semple, aged 89, was called home on 22nd August. He was saved at thirty, baptised, and received into fellowship at Shiloh Hall, Coatbridge, and was later in Hebron Hall until his health failed four years ago. He then went to stay in Drumnadrochit with his daughter Anne and her husband Bill, who lovingly cared for him till his death. Jim was a faithful attender at all the assembly gatherings, a Sunday School teacher, and helper in the assembly. He was highly esteemed by the saints and in the community. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.