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Mr Tom Chambers, on 16th November. Our brother was saved in 1939 under the preaching of Joseph Stewart in Portadown where he was baptised and received into fellowship. After some years he moved to the Ahorey assembly where he remained until his homecall. A quiet, consistent brother whose spiritual contributions to the assembly will be greatly missed. His large funeral was from Ahorey Gospel Hall where A Gill gave a tribute with N Alexander and T Farell sharing in prayer. Suitable messages were given by J Wishart in the Hall and A Fulton at the graveside. Prayer would be valued for his dear wife who so lovingly cared for him throughout a lengthy illness, and also his two sons and their families.

Mrs Elsie Winifred Charles, on 8th September, aged 82. She attended the Sunday school at the Gospel Hall, Dell Road, Cotteridge, Birmingham where she was saved, baptised and in fellowship for many years. In 1980 she moved to Quarry Lane, Northfield, where she was consistent all her life. A godly, gracious, caring sister who sought to be faithful to the Lord, her fortitude and dignity were very evident when she experienced the loss of her son only months before her own homecall. Prayer would be valued for her husband and daughter who miss her very much.

Mr John (Ian) Condie, aged 70, after many years of pain and suffering borne with dignity, passed peacefully, on 30th October, into the presence of his Lord whom he loved and served. He was saved in his late teens and then baptised, after which was received into the assembly at Calderbank where he remained until it closed nine years ago. He then came into fellowship with the assembly at Chapelhall. Latterly, because of his weakening condition he was unable to attend. He missed his wife Isobel (Gilland) very much since her homecall 28 years ago. He was buried from Calderbank Welfare Hall, and the large number gathered, especially of local people, showed the high esteem in which he was held. Prayer would be valued for John, Allan, Anne, and their families, all of whom gave devoted attention to their father.

Miss Margaret (Marjorie) Fenton, of Broughshane, on 2nd November, in her 84th year. Our much loved sister was saved at the aged of eight and a half through John 3.16. She was baptised at the age of eleven and received into fellowship in the Clough assembly, and in latter years was in the Broughshane assembly. Her home was characterised by warm hospitality and service for others. Robin Strahan, Robin Blair, Thomas Buchanan, Hamilton Elder, Stanley Davison, and Uel Davison shared in the funeral service.

Mrs Sarah Jane (Jenny) Graham, called home on 22nd August, aged 89, after a short illness, although she had been in failing health for some time, and was being cared for in a residential home. Saved in early life, she was in fellowship in the Tullyglush and later the Keady assemblies until failing health prevented her attendance. She was faithful to the assembly, with clarity of mind until she took a heavy stroke, which resulted in her homecall. The large funeral was shared by Messrs T W Wright, S McBride, T Kells, and J Kells - there were words of comfort and gospel given, and many unsaved heard the tidings of salvation. Prayer would be valued for her two daughters, a son, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

Mrs Olive M Hughes (née Williamson), called home on 28th October, aged 96 years. She was saved at the age of fifteen in Dublin, and while in fellowship in Merrion Hall she was married to Mr Charles Hughes and they went to live in Liverpool. Following his homecall in 1969 she came to Bangor (NI). After a period in Holborn Hall assembly she was in Central Hall for some twenty-four years. On coming to reside in Faith House and latterly in Beechill Home she was in happy fellowship in Dunmurry assembly. Her Bible was her companion, she loved the assembly, and bore a faithful witness to those of all ages. Mr Jim Flanigan spoke words of comfort and in the gospel at the funeral services. Prayer valued for the only remaining member of the Williamson family, Mrs Vera Knox.

Mr Tom McKillop, on 2nd November, aged 88, after a long illness. Tom was saved in 1955 and later, with his wife, was received into the assembly at Buckna. For the last thirty-six years they have been in happy fellowship in the Harryville assembly, Ballymena, where, until his illness, Tom served the Lord as doorkeeper. His pleasant smile and cheerful words are remembered by many. Prayer is requested for his devoted wife of over sixty-two years, his son and daughter-in-law and their family. The funeral services were conducted by Arnot Caulfield and Wesley Martin, assisted by local brethren.

Mr Harold Murray Rankin, called home on 11th November, aged 84. Born and brought up in Macduff, he was saved in Morecambe in 1943 on the eve of his departure to India with the RAF. Upon his marriage to Jean Brown he moved to Newmachar in Aberdeenshire and met with the saints in Inverurie where he remained for over fifty years. He was actively involved in all aspects of assembly life and for a good number of years he guided the assembly with a deep interest and care for all. He was privileged to see his family saved and go on for the Lord. His health deteriorated significantly over the last few years, but he was always cheerful and rejoicing in his salvation.

Mrs Pricilla Rodgers, called home on 14th November, aged 89. Saved in 1960 at the age of 43 years, she learned the truth of baptism and assembly fellowship and was at first received into the Ballymoney assembly. After her husband’s death she came to reside in the village of Ahoghill and was received into the fellowship of the assembly there in 1983. She really appreciated her salvation and was faithful in attendance at all the meetings. Being unwell for the last ten years of her life she was lovingly cared for by her youngest daughter, Margaret and Bobbie Andrews. It was from their home that she went to be with the Lord. The funeral service was conducted by local brethren from the Ahoghill assembly.

Miss Michelle Scott, suddenly on 22nd September, aged only 31. She was saved at the age of eight, baptised, and received into assembly fellowship at Carryduff Gospel Hall some years later. She was committed to the assembly and had a great interest in her Sunday school class. She was loved by the children whom she taught, and was highly respected by her business colleagues to whom she witnessed. Her funeral service in Carryduff Gospel Hall was conducted by three of her uncles with more than 400 people present to sympathise with and support the grieving family. S Thompson spoke words of comfort at the graveside. Remember her parents Cecil and Joan, her brother Colin, her grandparents, and the wider family circle in prayer as they deeply mourn the loss of their loved one.

Mrs Jenny Warr, on 28th September, aged 92. Originally from near Coventry, she was saved, baptised, and spent many years in fellowship at Camp Hill, Birmingham (now Small Heath Gospel Hall). Redevelopment in the inner city districts brought a move to a flat near Quarry Lane, Northfield. Here, she and her late husband Percy were faithful members of the assembly. She had a good knowledge of the Scriptures, and put her practical skills to the service of God as well. Latter years were spent in care because of weakness, but when she was able "she did what she could".

Mr Jackie Wilkie, on Lord’s Day, 29th October, aged 73. While in conversation with another brother after the ministry meeting, Jackie was suddenly called home to the Lord’s presence. He was saved in 1955 after a Billy Graham relay, and was later baptised and added to the assembly in Prince Street Hall, Peterhead. He proved the reality of his conversion, witnessing to those at work. He regularly preached the gospel and ministered the Word in York Street Hall and was faithful in helping small assemblies on the coast where his worth was appreciated. Jackie was well known throughout Scotland among the Lord’s people, often travelling some distance to be at the many conferences which he loved. He will be sorely missed by his wife Mabel and the assembly, where the seat of a faithful husband and brother will now be empty.

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