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Mrs Margaret Barbour, aged 72, in hospital. She was saved in 1963 when J Thompson and F Shannon had meetings in the Annalong area, and ever since was in the Annalong assembly where she was loved and highly respected. A godly woman who supported the assembly and the work of God. Her husband and some of the family are in the assembly. Prayer valued for the others. Messrs T Meekin, R Pickering, and J G Hutchinson conducted the services with local brethren sharing in prayer and tribute. The funeral was one of the largest ever seen in the village, with many who do not attend meetings hearing the gospel.

Mr Henry Bett was called home on 28th March, aged 92. For most of his working life Henry was involved in the fish trade as a fisherman, a skipper (one of the youngest of his day), and a merchant. He also saw naval service in West Africa during WW II. However, for him, the most important matters in life were the things of the Lord and the gatherings of His people. Henry was a faithful member of the assemblies in Aberdeen at Footdee and Holburn, where his knowledge of the Scriptures and his defense of the truth of God were highly respected. He had a deep interest in the Lord’s work and the Lord’s servants, and his consistency and faithfulness over so many years (latterly in very poor health) have left an example for all to follow. Please remember his widow, Jean, and their family in your prayers.

Mr Matthew Brown, called home on 6th February, aged 74. Matthew trusted the Lord Jesus as a boy, and was baptised and received into fellowship in Victoria Hall, Aberdeen in 1947. His natural abilities were gladly surrendered in the service of the Lord Jesus with assemblies, particularly in the north-east of Scotland, benefiting from his ministry. On his retirement he returned from the Dundee area to Aberdeen and was for the past fifteen years in fellowship in Fernielea Gospel Hall. He was a Christian gentleman, and in recent years in declining health was an example of unwavering faith in the promises of God. Please remember his widow Edna in prayer.

Mrs Mary Mack Davis, called home on 14th March, aged 96. Saved early in life, she came into fellowship in Barrhead in 1931 and was in fellowship in several assemblies during her long life. After her husband Donald died in 1990 she moved to Bute Hall, Prestwick before moving three years ago to Auchlochan where she was well cared for during these last years. She had a good interest in missionary work and ladies gospel meetings. She broke her femur and was in hospital for nine weeks, before returning to Nethanvale Nursing Home, Auchlochan. She passed away the following day. She will be missed by her friends at Auchlochan and Bute Hall, Prestwick.

Mrs Ruth Emerson, called home on 12th March, aged 85. Ruth was a gracious sister, beloved by all who were privileged to know her. She was saved in 1937 as a girl of 15 at meetings conducted by T H Lyttle and T Wallace. She was baptised that same year and afterwards received into the Knockbracken Assembly. After her marriage Ruth and her husband George were for many years faithful members of the Ormeau Road assembly in Belfast until the assembly removed to new premises at Laganvale in 1989. Ruth’s quiet and gentle manner endeared her to all, as was manifested by the very large company which gathered for her funeral from the Laganvale Hall where her brother Samuel Thompson and brothers-in-law Samuel Graham and Jim Freeman paid loving tributes and took part in prayer. Jim Flanigan spoke words of comfort in the hall and Norrie Emerson gave a clear gospel message at the graveside. Please remember George, her devoted husband for 55 years, her son and two daughters, and the wide family circle. Ruth was much loved and will be greatly missed by all and by the Laganvale assembly to which she was so faithful even throughout several years of ill health.

Mr Joseph (Joe) English went to be with his Lord on 7th March, aged 87. Brother of the late Fred English who laboured for the Lord in South Africa, Joe was saved as a young man of sixteen on 9th December, 1936 while attending meetings conducted by the late Mr William Bunting at Donaghcloney. For many years he was in the assembly at Waringstown, then in later years at Ardmore. He was a very faithful upright man who loved the gospel and all the assembly gatherings. His funeral was conducted by N Emerson and R Pickering when words of comfort and challenge were spoken. Prayer valued for his widow Gretta, and his son and daughter.

Mr Alex Mackie died on 2nd January, aged 70. Alex was brought up in Springside, Kilmarnock. He was saved at the Billy Graham "Tell Scotland" crusade in Glasgow in 1956 and received into fellowship at Plann Gospel Hall (now Crosshouse Gospel Hall). He moved to Northern Ireland in 1967 where he was in fellowship in a number of assemblies due to the nature of his employment in the construction industry. For the past 24 years Alex was in fellowship at Dundonald Gospel Hall, Belfast where he was enthusiastically involved in Sunday school and young people’s work. For the last two years of his life he battled with Alzheimer’s disease. He is sorely missed by his wife May, son Ewan, daughter Elspeth, son-in-law Nigel and grandson Owen.

Mrs Nellie Maurice went to be with the Lord on 1st March, aged 92. She was saved as a girl and later baptised and received into fellowship at Wenman Street, Birmingham. During her married life she was in fellowship in several assemblies, and finally at Quarry Lane, Northfield. A very supportive member of the assembly, she had a particular interest in the children’s work and the practical needs of the mission field. She was devoted and kind, having humility and was hardworking - a sister beloved who will be missed for her faithfulness, fellowship and appreciation of what others did for her, especially in her latter years.

Mrs C McConaghie, on 10th February, aged 92. Saved in 1937 and in Ballycastle assembly since 1951, she was a godly, consistent Christian lady, with a very engaging manner. Never known to be critical, her pleasant smile was her only answer to those who would find fault. In the farm yard there is a portable hall where a Sunday school is conducted, and where from time to time special gospel efforts are held where God has blessed and people have been saved. In all this she was deeply interested and prayerful. She had the joy of seeing her family and all the grandchildren saved and active in the work of the assembly. Many evangelists and missionaries enjoyed the hospitality of the home. J G Hutchinson and her son-in-law A Caldwell gave words of comfort and gospel with W Crawford and J Kelson sharing in hymns and prayer at her very large funeral.

Mr Richard George Patterson (Bandon, Co Cork). Following a prolonged illness, our esteemed brother passed peacefully into the presence of his Lord on 28th January, aged 78. Our brother was invited to attend gospel meetings in Skibereen Gospel Hall conducted by brethren McNicholl and Pirie from Scotland, and was saved by God’s grace on the second night he heard the gospel, on 23rd January, 1951. Shortly afterwards he came into assembly fellowship at Skibereen, and then in later years moved to the Bandon assembly, where he remained until his homecall. Of him it could be said, "He was a good man" (Lk 23.50), who loved the Lord Jesus, His word, and His people. A farmer, our brother had an excellent testimony. The very large funeral was a token of that. The funeral service at Bandon Gospel Hall was shared by his son Mervyn who gave an appreciation of his father, and words of comfort and the gospel were preached by Thomas McNeill to many who would never have heard it before. Other local brethren shared in hymns and prayer. At the graveside his two nephews Jonathan and Stephen Goodwin shared the service, where again the gospel was preached. Prayer valued for his dear widow, and family, all of whom have got the blessed hope of re-union, and for unsaved grandchildren.

Mrs Jeannie Pickering passed into the presence of her Lord on 1st April, aged 88. Our sister was saved as a girl of 15, and soon after was baptised and received into the assembly at Magherafelt. After her marriage she came to the assembly at Aughrim where she remained for over 60 years, although latterly not able to be at the meetings due to weakness and infirmity. A woman who truly adorned the doctrine of God our Saviour, she was known for her faithfulness to the assembly and her hospitality to the saints and the Lord’s servants. With her prayerful consistent life she has left a fragrant testimony. Her large funeral was conducted by Harry Andrews and Roland Pickering when many heard the gospel which she loved.

Mr William Richardson, called home to be with his Lord on 29th March. Saved in middle life, he was in fellowship in Portadown Assembly from 1970. He loved to testify to the blessing of God’s salvation. He was predeceased by his wife seventeen years ago. A faithful brother, he will be missed among the Lord’s people and by his sorrowing son, daughter and family circle. J Lennox and A Davidson spoke to a large audience of friends and neighbours at the funeral.

Mrs Esther Shaw (née Hawthorne), called home suddenly on 4th February, aged 84. Esther was saved at nine years of age during tent meetings conducted by the late Mr Kerr Duff. She was baptised at the age of 16 and received into the Albertbridge Road Assembly, Belfast, where she continued in consistent happy fellowship for 67 years. Her last few months were with her immediate family in Bloomfield Assembly. Esther was a quiet and gentle sister, deeply interested in the work of the Lord at home and abroad. She married James Shaw in 1975, but was widowed in 1987. The large number at her funeral from Bloomfield Hall was evidence of the affection in which she was held by so many saints. Jim Flanigan spoke words of comfort in the Hall and Jack Lennox gave a clear gospel message at the graveside. Local brethren W Pauley, W Mayhew, and J McAllister took part in prayer and tribute. Please remember her niece and nephews and the wider family circle who all loved her and will miss her so much.

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