Mr John Archibald, aged 92, was called home on 10th October, after a period of declining health. Saved and baptised as a young man, he was received into assembly fellowship at Bonnybridge where he served as a Sunday School teacher, Sunday School Superintendent, and Treasurer over a period of seventy-five years. He will be greatly missed as a faithful elder by the small assembly at Ebenezer Gospel Hall, Bonnybridge. Prayer requested for his widow, son and daughter-in-law at this time.
Miss 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 Margaret Geddes, called home to be with her Lord and Saviour on 18th November, aged 77 years, after having suffered much weakness of body. She was saved as a young teenager, baptised and received into assembly fellowship in Fountain Hall, Woodside, Aberdeen where she maintained a bright and faithful testimony. Margaret was loved by all, as she took an interest in everyone, especially the Lord's people. She was always willing to help others in whatever way possible. Her home was a happy one, where love for her family was much in evidence. She was given to hospitality, and there was always the open-door of welcome for the Lord's people. Prayer is valued for her husband Jim, their two sons and two daughters and the rest of the immediate family.
Mr William Magill, aged 79 years. Our brother was saved in April, 1965 and was in the fellowship of the assembly at Lurgan until his homecall on 26th November. He was a brother much beloved by the saints and he maintained a steady course throughout his Christian life. Rarely did he ever miss an assembly meeting, and the full impact and influence of his testimony on his family became clearly evident at his funeral service which was conducted by local brethren. On that occasion many unfamiliar with the gospel heard the message, and their respectful attention reflected their high regard for our departed brother. He is survived by his widow, three sons and five daughters and we await an answer to his prayers in salvation among the family circle.
Mr Cecil Mair, on 3rd December, aged 68. Saved at the age of 23 he was added to the Cullen assembly soon afterwards and continued there steadfastly until his homecall. Cecil was a quiet and consistent brother; an excellent doorkeeper who welcomed all with heartfelt sincerity and warmth. He was a faithful shepherd with a genuine care for the flock. As assembly treasurer he did his work with meticulous care, even when increasing ill health overtook him. Diagnosed with serious illness in January, 2006, our brother never complained, and his trust in his God through many difficult months was an encouragement to all with whom he came in contact. The large funeral gathering, with many travelling long distances to be present, testified to the respect in which he was held. Please remember his widow Margaret and the family in prayer.
Miss Mary (May) Meek was called home to be with the Lord on 10th November, aged 69 years. She was saved after a Tell Scotland Rally in Glasgow in 1955. Two years later she was baptised and received into assembly fellowship in Bellshill. During training as a nurse in Glasgow and Edinburgh she felt the Lord calling her to serve Him in Brazil. In 1964 May was commended to the work by the assembly in Bellshill, where she joined Chrissie McSorley and Mr and Mrs Nye in the orphanage at Sacramento, caring for fifty children and young people. Later she moved to Carangola where she took charge of the Evangelical Hospital for four years. Following that she opened a Bible book shop in the city and worked with children and young people helping greatly in their spiritual growth. This work continued until 2006 when she had to return home due to health problems. In October, 2007 she became ill and went into hospital from where the Lord called her home. We give thanks for the life and service of our dear sister. Prayer is valued for her brothers and sisters at home and in Australia.
Mrs Vera Jane Sherrard passed peacefully into the presence of the Lord on 2nd October. She was born on 19th December, 1913 and born again on 16th May, 1928. Her husband Robbie predeceased her by about seventeen years. For many years they were members of the Limavady assembly and much given to hospitality. Over the years they kept preachers in their home as they laboured in the gospel in the area. Latterly, our sister was somewhat confined to home and it was always a joy to visit her. She was a cheerful soul and loved to study the Scriptures; prophecy in particular was of great interest to her. The large funeral service in the Limavady Gospel Hall was conducted by Alex Brown, her son-in-law, who paid tribute, as did her son Rob. The gospel was preached by Daniel Ussher, and David Donaghy closed in prayer. Willie Fenton and Steven Craig took the service at the graveside in Ballykelly. Vera is survived by three daughters, a son and several grandchildren. Prayer for the family would be appreciated; some are still in need of God's salvation.
Mr David Slater was called home on August 12th, aged 87. David was originally from Portnockie and brought up in a Christian home. He often recounted childhood memories of the prayers of his mother, but it was later at the age of 27 that he was saved. He was a member of the Salvation Army until he saw the truth of gathering to the Lord's Name. David and his wife Mima were baptised and received into fellowship in Prince Street Hall, Peterhead and continued steadfastly. He was a very quiet and unassuming man with a keen interest in the spiritual wellbeing of others. He had a good testimony among neighbours and workmates where he always had a word for those who were unsaved. David's assembly life was one of faithfulness having a love for the things of God. An affectionate husband, he looked after his wife in her illness for many years until her homecall. His family loved him and miss him, and wait that day of reunion.
Mr William Tinkler went to be with his Lord just one month after his 98th birthday. A native of Tyneside, Will Tinkler came to the Lord in early years under the ministry of T Watt of Red Row and W Wedderburn of Newcastle, who established him in the things of the Lord. From boyhood, he was a keen student and was noted for his grasp and understanding of the Scriptures. Due to lack of work, our brother moved to London in 1935 and was in fellowship at Roe Green Hall, Kingsbury. He was married to Rene McCallum in 1937 and almost immediately, on the outset of the war, was sent throughout the country on the building of aerodromes. Wherever he was, William sought out the assembly and was used in ministry and gospel work. In 1948, the family moved to Borehamwood, where after a short time in fellowship at Barnet, our brother, along with others, commenced an assembly work. During the following years, he was widely used in the North London area and, after the death of his beloved wife, moved to Cheshunt to be close to David and the family. The assembly benefited from his help, as did many of the surrounding meetings. The funeral conducted by M Baker and J Riddle reflected the esteem and affection in which our brother was held and his devotion and support of the local company at Cheshunt.
Mrs Esther (Essie) Turkington,called home on 24th November after an illness patiently borne, and a life of diligence in the things of God. Following her conversion as a young woman of 20 in 1951, she gave herself unreservedly to divine things. She was in fellowship in the assembly at Lurgan since her marriage to Mr Norman Turkington in 1954, and was fully supportive of her husband in his activities as a "full time servant of the Lord". Truly she was "a servant of the church" and "a succourer of many". Her godly character, interest in others, thoughtful kindness, and most capable and constant hospitality were all reflected in the exceptionally large number at her funeral service. Her absence will be keenly felt, not only in her family circle and in the assembly, but by many at home and abroad who were touched by the influence of her godly life and tender care. S Ferguson and D Gilliland, ably assisted by others, conducted her funeral service. Prayer is valued for her family and especially for her husband who suffers deteriorating health.