Mrs Mary E Ball (née Kernaghan), on 26th January, aged 83. Saved when she was fourteen while attending meetings conducted by Mr James Murphy, she was afterwards baptised and received into Banbridge assembly. Employment took her for a time to the Lisburn and Windsor assemblies. Following her marriage in 1958 she returned to Banbridge where she taught in the Sunday school and whole-heatedly cared for the well-being and progress of the work of God associated with the assembly. A very happy Christian, constantly singing and speaking of her Saviour and heaven. A widow for twenty-eight years, she had the joy of seeing her son and two daughters saved and in assembly fellowship. Her large funeral was from the Gospel Hall, where her two nephews, Dennis and John Graham, gave suitable and helpful messages, with J G Hutchinson, J Martin and J Rogers taking part in hymns and prayer.
Mr William (Willie) Borthwick, called home suddenly on 2nd December, in his 89th year. He was saved as a boy of 13 in Kirknewton where he was baptised and received into fellowship. After their marriage he and his wife Bessie set up home in Edinburgh and were with the saints in Gorgie for thirty-five years where they were given to hospitality. Our brother was involved in Sunday school, Bible Class and childrens work, as well as in preaching and ministry. The last thirty years were spent in Livingston where he was a faithful brother in the assembly at Deans, and carried out practical work in the hall and garden. Latterly, if he missed a meeting you knew he was physically unfit to be there. He was at the prayer meeting and Bible reading on the Wednesday prior to his homecall. His seat is empty and he is missed. Tribute was paid to him by J Paterson Snr in the hall and by J Baxter at the graveside. The large number at the funeral was testimony to the high esteem in which he was held. Please remember his widow, his only son Alex and his wife Catherine and their family at this time.
Mr Eric Caulfield, called home on 16th January, aged 83. He was saved on 28th September, 1942 after hearing two brethren from Lisburn preach in Lurgan Gospel Hall. Eric was gifted with a strong melodious voice and for many years was the hymn precentor in the various assembly gatherings. He was very much an assembly man and took great interest in the childrens work. His funeral services were conducted by Mr Jim Allen and Mr John Fleck. His wife Eileen, their two sons, and grandchildren, mourn his passing, and prayer for them would be valued.
Mrs Elsie Duncan was called home on 18th January, aged 96. She was saved as a young girl of ten and later, in 1931, she was baptised and received into fellowship in Prince Street Hall, Peterhead. With her husband, the late George Arthur Duncan, they lived for a brief time in Lossiemouth. Returning to Peterhead, our sister was known for her warm-hearted kindness and generosity, borne out of an interest in others. Although in extreme weakness, she was marked by an uncomplaining spirit throughout. "Whose faith follow".
Mrs Margaret Hay, called home on 27th January, aged 86. Saved as a young married woman, she was baptised some years later along with her husband, the late William Hay, when they were both received into fellowship at Sandend. Given to hospitality, she was a faithful sister in that assembly until its closure, and afterwards for around seven years in Cullen. In failing health during the past two years, she was still of a bright spirit, welcoming all who visited her, and was always interested in the Scriptures and hearing of the assembly gatherings.
Mrs Esther (Esta) Hoey was called home on 14th January after a short illness patiently borne. She was saved at the age of 26, and was in happy fellowship in Kells for 41 years along with her dear husband who survives her. Our sister was a very kind and faithful member, attending all meetings when possible. She will be greatly missed by all in the assembly. Prayer would be much appreciated for her husband James who is in a nursing home, her son Uel, and his wife and young family.
Mrs Eunice Mabel Hutchinson was called home on 21st January, aged 83. She was saved as a girl and received into fellowship in Lisbellaw assembly. Her work as a teacher brought her to Portadown where she married her husband George. She was a Christian lady, highly respected in the community and in the assembly at Portadown, taking a particular interest in the families of the Lords people. Mr David Gilliland was responsible for the funeral service, assisted by local brethren. Prayer would be valued for her husband, son, and daughter who share the blessed hope.
Mr James Jones, suddenly, on 25th January, aged 88. He was saved when he was 15, and ever since has been in happy assembly fellowship. For some time he was in business in Belfast and Dublin, till, returning to his native sphere, Dunmullan, he took up farming and was highly successful. A spiritual man, he was deeply interested in the assembly there, and in the work of the Lord. Respected by all as a Christian gentleman, his very large funeral was evidence of the esteem in which he was held. He had the joy of seeing his family saved, and prayer would be valued for them and for his widow. The funeral services were conducted by J G Hutchinson and S Patterson, assisted by S Robinson and A Wilson.
Mr John Martin, called home on 20th January, aged 78. He was saved in the year 1940 in the field at his home at Killyfudy while attending meetings conducted by the late William Johnston and Lewis Gordon, and was in fellowship in Templetate, Co Monaghan. He was lovingly cared for by his brother Herbert and his wife Tilley and he is also survived by his sister Elizabeth. The funeral service was conducted by Tom McNeil and Samuel Nelson.
Mrs Ina McConville was called home on 30th January, aged 87. Our sister was saved in early life and had connections with Cregagh Street Assembly, Belfast. She took up a nursing career which saw her spending around eight years in Africa. On returning to Ireland she married Wilfred McConville, the correspondent of Lurgan assembly for many years, in which work he was greatly helped by Ina. She was a godly sister who loved the Lord and the assembly of His people and is greatly missed. Brethren D Gilliland and J Lennox gave suitable words at her funeral services.
Mr Malcolm McMillan was called home suddenly on 4th January, aged 88. Our brother was saved as a young man, baptised, and received into fellowship in Hebron Hall, Glengarnock, where he spent all his service for the Lord. His whole life was involved in caring for the assembly, labouring in many different spheres of the work. He will be missed, as he was a regular attendant at all the gatherings of the Lords people. A large company attended his funeral showing the respect in which he was held. Remember his wife Nancy, son Scott and his family in your prayers.
Mrs Anna McMurray, called home on 13th January, aged 83, after a prolonged illness borne with patience and dignity. She was saved at the age of 33 at meetings conducted by Mr T W Ball and Mr J Thompson in Dromore Gospel Hall, and was baptised and received into the fellowship of the assembly there. She was truly a Christian lady whose countenance radiated her appreciation of the Lord whom she loved and served. She was always present at the assembly gatherings. While confined to her home in recent years, she was lovingly cared for by her husband and family for whom prayer is requested. Many unsaved heard the gospel at her large funeral. The service was conducted by brethren from the local assembly.
Mrs Mary McPike, aged 88, called home to be with her Lord on 7th October, after a long illness borne with courage and dignity. A godly sister, she enjoyed happy fellowship in Patna assembly for many years. When her health worsened she went to live with her daughter Mary in Darvel, and was well cared for by her, as well as by her son Bob and their families. A quiet unassuming Christian lady, who was greatly respected and is sadly missed.
Mr Robert Moore, husband of the late Eileen Moore, was called home on 14th January. Robert was saved as a young man in his late twenties. He came into the assembly in Glengormley shortly afterwards and remained there until his homecall. Our dear brother was a true shepherd, constantly tending the flock both by his warm ministry and visitation. He was a man who spoke his mind but from a caring heart, and so his advice was always appreciated. He continued faithfully into old age, attending even the Young Peoples Meeting while he was able and always encouraging those who carried on this work. Latterly, he spent some time in Faith House Eventide Home where he appreciated the good care and was loved by all who tended him. On behalf of the Glengormley Assembly we pay tribute to a faithful elder who put his all into the assembly, who was much appreciated and respected by the saints, and who will be sorely missed. The large company of friends gathered in the Gospel Hall and at the graveside bore testimony to the respect in which the memory of our dear brother is held. The service was conducted by brethren Tom Meekin and David Gilliland. We tender our sympathy to the family at this time.
Mrs Janet Weir (née Cain), fondly known as Janette, was called home to be with her Lord on 4th February, aged 63, after an illness over the past two years, bravely fought. Our sister was saved as a girl of 12 at childrens meetings held in Moorpark Gospel Hall in Muirhead, Glasgow. She was later baptised and received into the fellowship of believers in that assembly. Through her testimony she later had the joy of seeing her parents being baptised and received into fellowship with her. In 1966 she married Andrew Weir, and shortly after they moved to live in Braidwood, Carluke in Lanarkshire. The Lord blessed them with three girls (Audrey, Lillian and Deborah), all of whom belong to the Lord. Janette was a stalwart in the things of the Lord, always to be relied on to attend and support meetings and activities, active in work amongst children, teenagers at camp, women, and old folk. Greatly given to hospitality, and a friend and succourer of many, she was gifted with a lovely and strong voice which she used in the service of the Lord, being skilled in choosing songs with words appropriate to an occasion. Greatly missed in the assembly. A large turnout at the funeral was witness to the esteem in which she was held. The services were conducted by Arthur Pollard (Perth) and Robert Cargill (St Monans). Prayer support would be greatly appreciated by the family.
Miss Morag Wilson died tragically on 14th December, aged 33. She was saved as a young girl of eight and was later baptised and added to the assembly in York Street, Peterhead. She continued steadfastly until her studies took her to Glasgow where she endeared herself to the saints at Maryhill. On qualifying as a dietician she moved to Manchester, meeting with the assembly at Mauldeth Road. Her bright testimony was seen in all areas of her life: in the assembly where she was totally committed, in her ability to quickly make friends and open her home to tirelessly give hospitality, and in the responsibility of her work, where her dependability and judgment were so highly esteemed. Her death shocked and saddened all who knew her. Please pray for her grieving family who wait the day of reunion.