Mrs Sarah (Sally) Campbell,aged 88 years. On 9th September our dear sister was called home. She was saved in her own home, and for many years gathered with the believers at Dundesert Gospel Hall. Sally was much given to hospitality and was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. The funeral service was conducted by Mr David Gilliland. Prayer valued for her husband Sam and the family circle.
Mrs Elizabeth Cochrane. Our sister passed into the presence of her Lord on 29th July, aged 80 years. Saved as a young girl, she was baptised and received into fellowship at Assembly Hall, New Stevenston, and was faithful to the end even in her illness. She bore a good testimony in the family grocer's shop, and witnessed to carers, friends, and family in her illness. She will be missed in the assembly and by all the family members.
Mrs Mary Cundick, called home to be with the Lord on 1st November at the age of 73 after suffering declining health from Alzheimer's disease. Mary was born in Glasgow, and after conversion was baptised at the age of thirteen and received into fellowship at Greenview Hall, Pollockshaws. She married Allan in 1959 and gave him loyal support throughout her life in the things of the Lord and in hospitality in their homes in Luton and in the Surrey area. She was a devoted mother to their two sons, and many paid tribute to her sweet nature and love of the Lord. She never missed an opportunity to talk to people about the Lord, and was ever kind, thoughtful, helpful and cheerful. To the end, she always had a lovely smile for everyone. A large company of relatives and believers from many parts gathered for the service of thanksgiving to the Lord for her life, during which son Ross and Allan paid tribute to a wonderful mother and wife. Several neighbours and care home representatives were present, and the gospel was clearly preached. Ray Dawes spoke in the large hall hired for the occasion, and Norman Mellish spoke at the graveside.
Mr Norman Emerson went to be with Christ on 10th October, aged 87. A loving husband and father of six sons and one daughter, he was born at Ardmore on the shores of Lough Neagh where he lived all his life. He was saved by grace on 5th May, 1947 in the old Ardmore Gospel Hall when the late Frank Knox was preaching. Soon after, he was baptised and received into the assembly there. A quiet, caring, kind hard working Christian gentleman, he did not take a public role but his life and testimony spoke loudly in the district. In 1946 he commenced what was to become a very successful business which is carried on by his family. In these last fourteen years of illness, his wife Peggy was so devoted to him in her love and care. She with all the family would value prayer. The hundreds of people who attended the funeral services heard the gospel when S Jennings and R Pickering along with family members Norrie, Philip, and Colin, conducted the funeral.
Mr Hugh Hamilton, called home on 1st October in his 89th year. When invited by a friend to view the then new invention of television he accepted only to be convicted of his need of a Saviour by the programme that was on at the time. This was a live broadcast of a Billy Graham crusade meeting from Glasgow, and it was a short time after this incident that Hugh trusted the Saviour through Romans 10.9. He was then thirty-three years old, and was received into fellowship in the Dromore assembly where he and his wife Ethel continued for some years before moving to Belfast. His life was spent in the service of the Lord using his secular employment as a primary school teacher and then as head master of a large primary school in Belfast as a mission field, and many young people were led to the Lord. He was an active member of the Aspley Street assembly in Belfast, returning to the Dromore area on retirement and continuing there in the assembly until his homecall. The funeral was from Dromore Gospel Hall and J McQuoid, R Pickering, D Graham, and J Graham conducted the services in the Hall and at the graveside.
Mr Gordon Hanna, called home on 16th September, aged 75, after a long illness. He was awakened to his need of salvation in his late teens by the sudden accidental death of his sixteen year old brother and subsequently trusted Christ whilst attending meetings in Bloomfield Gospel Hall, Belfast. Later he was baptised and received into the fellowship at Bloomfield. He was there for two years and got married during that time to Molly. His next assembly was Whitehouse, then he was a founder member of Cloughfern assembly, followed by Dromore, and he spent his last years in Ballyclare assembly. Gordon appreciated the assembly and is missed by all, especially Molly. Pray for her, their son and daughter and their families. The funeral was conducted by Alan McMillan, Stafford Logan and other local brethren.
Mrs Margaret Machray, called home to be with her Lord on 21st October, aged 85, after a long illness bravely borne. She was saved as a girl, baptised, and received into assembly fellowship, and throughout her long life was greatly involved in service for the Lord. Upon her marriage, she and her husband George enjoyed fellowship in several assemblies before moving to Bethany Hall, Gourock where they have continued consistently for thirty-six years. Our sister was much given to hospitality and fully 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.
Mrs Elizabeth (Lily) Parks, called home on 14th October, aged 81. Saved at the age of fifteen, she was in fellowship in the Dungannon assembly for many years. She had a great interest in the practical needs of missionaries and over the years crocheted a constant supply of colourful baby blankets. She was a caring and thoughtful sister who was given to warm hospitality. Her large funeral, which reflected the esteem in which she was held, was conducted by Messrs Jim Wishart and Samuel Maze, along with local brethren. Prayer would be valued for her two sons, two daughters, and their families who deeply mourn her passing.
Mrs Isabella (Ivy) Smyth went to be with Christ on 30th October after quite a long illness during which she was lovingly cared for by her husband and family while in hospital and then in a hospice. Saved in the month of June, 1951, when Charles Fleming was preaching in Ballymagarrick Gospel Hall, she was baptised soon after and was received into the assembly there, where she remained to the end. She was faithful to the assembly and sought to encourage those who preached the gospel, which she loved. A woman who loved the Lord and his people. Her large funeral was conducted by H Andrews, U Crothers, J Johnston, J Bingham, D McGarvey, and R Pickering, when words of comfort and gospel were given.
Mrs Ina Stangoe, called home on 3rd August in her 90th year after a short illness. She was saved in early years, baptised and received into fellowship, in Assembly Hall, New Stevenston where she remained all her life. She was faithful in the assembly and regular in attendance at all the gatherings. Respected and loved in the community and by the assembly, she will be greatly missed. Prayer requested for unsaved family and friends.
Mr Robert (Bert) Taylor, called home on 8th November in his 80th year, after spending four weeks in hospital. Saved on 14th February, 1942, he was in fellowship in Knightswood assembly Glasgow, before moving to Glenburn assembly Prestwick. In November, 2003 he moved into care at Auchlochan House and into fellowship at Hope Hall, Lesmahagow, where he continued until his homecall. Bert was a prolific attendee at meetings, journeying many miles by public transport to sit under the Word of God. Travelling was made difficult by his serious disability, and his willingness to attending meetings has left a good example. The full hall at Auchlochan for his funeral service was a fitting tribute.
Mr Robert Waterworth, called home on 21st October. His homecall was sudden, just the way our esteemed brother would have desired. Robert and his wife Ellie were both saved in October, 1959. Being helped by the hymn "Jesus I will trust thee", Robert was saved as he thought of what Christ had accomplished for him at Calvary. He was a respected overseer in Ballymagarrick for many years, and his wise counsel will be greatly missed. Our faithful brother attended all the meetings of the assembly and supported the gospel in the area right to the very end of his life. Described by all who knew him as a true Christian gentleman, he will be sadly missed by his dear wife, sons, and the family circle. The funeral services were very large, a testimony to one who not only gave lip service but also witnessed by his life. Sam and Sydney Glenn, Joe Rogers, David Gilliland, David McGarvey, and John Rogers shared the services.