Miss May Buchan, aged 86, was called home on 13th April. May was saved as a girl of 14 in December, 1937 through the preaching of Mr John McAlpine who was having a gospel campaign in Prince Street Hall in Peterhead. She was later baptised and received into fellowship, and for the rest of her life she lived consistently for the Lord. She took a keen interest in missionary work and attended the assembly gatherings faithfully. Latterly, even in poor health, she had a great desire to be at the meetings and was an example to younger saints. Pray for her only sister Bessie who now misses her very much.
Mrs Molly Cooper, aged 96, on 6th May. One of a family of 10, she was saved in Ayr as a girl and soon became involved in service for the Lord by teaching a local Sunday School class, one of whom was recently baptised in her 70s. In fellowship at James Street, Ayr, she and her husband, James Cooper, ran a bed and breakfast business in the town, with Molly also busily engaged in hall cleaning, providing hospitality for visiting speakers, and catering for Saturday evening Bible Readings. Having moved to Woodpark Assembly in 1989, she was noted for her faithful attendance and her quiet words of encouragement. Prayer is requested for her son and the immediate family in their bereavement.
Mrs Frances Coulter, on 29th March, in her 96th year, at home after a short illness. Saved in February, 1937, some time later she came into fellowship in Omagh Assembly where she remained until October, 1976 and then went to reside in Cookstown with her late husband George who departed this life on 14th February, 1982 after closing his Bible while speaking after the Breaking of Bread. Sadly, she had to experience the death of a son and daughter, Harold and Rosemary, before her own decease. Her son Norman is a well-known preacher. Mrs Coulter was a spiritual woman, with a good witness both by her life and lip, and a love for the gospel. She supported meetings well into her nineties until she lacked mobility. She lived with her daughter Maud who cared for her so willingly and lovingly. All her spiritual life she had a consistent burden for family members for whom prayer is requested. The funeral was in Cookstown Gospel Hall, which was overflowing, and was conducted by R Nelson and B Taylor at the home, hall, and graveside, many hearing clearly Gods way of salvation.
Mr Jim McCormick, aged 81, called home on 1st May. Our brother was saved in 1958 and shortly after that was baptised and received into the assembly at Lurgan. A sincere, spiritual brother, he spent the remainder of his life in the building up of the assembly, not only by his regular attendance at the meetings, but also through his helpful contributions which were greatly appreciated. He also shared responsibility in the oversight of the assembly, and was a convenor of the annual Conference. Over the past years he suffered increasingly from Parkinsons disease, during which period he was, in a most dedicated manner, lovingly attended by his wife Rhoda and the family circle. His homecall was a welcome release from many distressing problems, though the assembly and family keenly feel his passing and will value remembrance in prayer.
Mr Albert McLellan, aged 91, called home to be with his Lord suddenly on 25th April, almost a year after his dear wife Jenny was herself called home. Saved in early life, Albert went on to prove the reality of his faith in Christ with a life of devoted godliness to his Lord and His assembly. Those who knew him will testify to a life of consistent testimony as he lived before God and men. In his early married life he and his wife came out from the denominations to gather to the Lords name with the saints in Burnbank for about 20 years, but then moved to spend the most of his life in fellowship with the assembly in Low Waters, Hamilton. In the closing months of his life he was in fellowship in the assembly in Lesmahagow due to him moving into care following the loss of his wife. He participated in all of the assembly gatherings and was known, along with Jenny, as being among the "ever presents" when the assembly was gathered. His presence and participation is, and will be, greatly missed. His life was worthy of the Lord in whom he trusted. Remember in your prayers those connected to him.
Mr Stanley Morgan, aged 71, went to be with the Lord on 18th March. Stanley came to know the Lord as Saviour as a young man and was later baptised and received into fellowship in Prince Street Hall, Peterhead. He was a fisherman all his life, and had a very friendly disposition. He was very interested in missionary work and was always present at the assembly missionary collection where his help was appreciated. In later years he suffered chronic ill health but bore it very commendably and without complaint. The exceptionally large company at the funeral service indicated the esteem in which he was held. He is sadly missed by his wife Nan and his family.
Mrs Jessie Tait, aged 91, passed into the Lords presence on 7th April. She was born in Shetland in 1917 into a crofting community and was saved in the late 1930s. Later, with her husband John, she was baptised in Lerwick, and on 17th June, 1951 eight believers met for the first time in the home of Magnus Sinclair, and thus the assembly at Scalloway was formed. Jessie lived to be the last survivor of that original company. She moved to Peterhead in 1971 with her son David, being added to the assembly in York Street, where she continued steadfastly with the saints until failing health restricted her. She will be remembered for her open hospitality, her kindliness, and her faithful love for the Lord.
Mr Cyril Noel Weaver, aged 85, on 30th May. Saved in his youth, he was baptised and received into fellowship at Abergavenny. In 1949 he removed to Birmingham for better employment, and was in fellowship at Park Lane, Aston. He, with his wife, was also in fellowship at Pype Hayes, Hope Chapel, Moseley, and finally at Quarry Lane, Northfield. He had a considerable knowledge of hymns and their tunes. He was loyal to the assembly, rarely missing a meeting until ill health prevented him. He liked to make people welcome, and sought especially to encourage the young brethren.