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Mr James Alexander, in his 100th year, was called home on 9th July. He was saved in June, 1947 through the words of the hymn, "Finished the work was when the Saviour died". He was a faithful member and overseer for many years in Donaghcloney assembly as long as he was able. In spite of difficulty walking, he never missed a meeting and he lived his life for the maintaining of the company, never turning away from the truths that were found inside the Scriptures. He loved the gospel and sought to make it known in the district both inside as well as in the open air. His prayers and advice will be greatly missed by all. The large company at the funeral was an evidence of the testimony he held in the village. The funeral services were conducted by W J Nesbitt and B Glendinning with J Black taking part in prayer. Prayer would be valued for his family that the circle will be complete in Christ.

Mr Jack Hall, aged 91, of Drumacanver assembly, was called home on 12th July. Our highly esteemed brother was saved in November, 1947, God speaking to him through the words of the hymn, "O sinner the Saviour is calling for thee". He was in happy fellowship in the assembly at Drumacanver for over 60 years, a brother consistent in his attendance at the assembly gatherings and a faithful supporter of the gospel. Jack loved the Lord and, though not a public person, he will be greatly missed by the assembly as well as by his dear wife Jean and family. Prayer is requested for some of his dear ones not yet saved. The very large funeral was a tribute to the respect that both believers and non-believers had for him. The services were conducted by M Carrier, M Campbell, G Flanagan, S Glasgow and J Rogers.

Mrs Sheila Hayes, aged 89, was called home to be with the Lord on 31st May. She was brought up in Lurgan, was saved as a young girl of 12 years, and was baptised and received into the Lurgan assembly at the age of 15. After her marriage she went to live in Portadown with her husband who pre-deceased her by a number of years. Both were valued members of the assembly in Hanover Street and were marked by humility and consistency in the things of God. After a severe stroke she was incapacitated for many years and was cared for in Faith House until her homecall. Our sister was an avid reader and worthy student in the Word of God. The funeral was conducted by E Russell. Prayer is valued for her son and daughter and the family circle.

Mrs Anne Keeny, was called home in her 84th year, on 8th January. Anne was saved in early life and was a faithful member of the assembly at Wallace Avenue, Lisburn, for over sixty years. She was a very gracious lady and much loved by all who knew her. She is sadly missed. Our sympathy extends to her husband Tom, her daughter June, son-in-law Derek, daughter-in-law Chris and all her grandchildren.

Mr Alan Bryson Meekin, aged 92, died on 10th July. Alan was born in Belfast in 1919 and saved in 1940, awakened through the salvation of his brother John and sister Meta (Kane) who were saved earlier that same year. A few years later he was received into fellowship in the Matchett Street assembly with his wife Minnie, and some years after that was commended to Old Lodge Road assembly. In the late 1950s he was commended to Glengormley, where he went to live, and he spent over 50 years in happy fellowship there, save for a short period in Ballyduff (1977-1980). Alan was a successful and hard working businessman who never allowed his business to come before assembly life, and he was involved in every aspect of that work until his late 80s. He spent his last few months in Magherafelt assembly, near to where he had gone to live. He set a sterling example of assembly commitment to his only child, Tom, whom he had pointed to Christ as a boy, and he maintained his earnest convictions about the Word of God to the last. He was predeceased by Minnie in 1976, and in 1979 he married Mrs Georgina McKnight. He was a loyal and loving husband who gave of his best in both his marriages and was greatly respected for this. Loved by all his family, he took a great pride in his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Our sympathies go to his widow Georgina and her family and to his only son Tom and Sally and their family. The large funeral in Glengormley Gospel Hall was taken by Ivan Gordon and Andrew Kenny with tributes from Wesley Moore and Alan’s nephew Tom. Prayer valued for those who mourn his passing.

Mr Norman Mitchell, aged 75, of Killycurragh, Cookstown. Our highly esteemed brother was called into the presence of his Lord suddenly on 13th July. Norman was saved as a young man attending meetings by the late Mr John Grant, God using Romans 10.9 to bring peace and rest to his troubled soul. Norman never was a public man but bore a good testimony both in the district and in the assembly. He was a man of few words but often gave very wise counsel to saints and sinners in his own gentle and most gracious way. A man of prayer and thoughtfulness, his empty seat will leave a very big void for his family and the assembly at Killycurragh. God was gracious and answered their prayers in saving their family. The very large funeral was a clear evidence of the high respect in which our dear brother was held by believers and unbelievers. Prayer valued for his wife and family, also the assembly at Killyrurragh. The funeral services were conducted by H Glasgow, D Glasgow, H Kirkpatrick, H Mitchell, W Taylor and J Rogers.

Mrs Mabel Moore (née Parkes) died on 2nd July. Mabel was born on 4th December, 1928 and was saved as a girl of 13 on 6th February, 1942. She came from the Ardmore Assembly and trained as a nurse in Belfast, coming to Glengormley on her marriage to James Moore. Mabel was a true servant of the church as she, with her late husband, gave themselves wholeheartedly to the assembly. Mabel, singlehandedly for years, showed hospitality to visiting preachers, often for long spells as was common in those days. Working every day in the shop with her husband, she still made time to go home at lunchtime and teatime to cook for the preachers. They entertained the Lord’s servants, and were liberal in their hospitality to the local saints. If work needed to be done at the gospel hall the workers could count on Mabel to be along with tea and sandwiches and home baked delicacies. In recent years her health deteriorated and she was not able to be out so regularly, but the assembly at Glengormley owes her a great debt of gratitude for her faithful labours. She will be much missed by her daughters Heather (and Ralph) Elwood, and Sharon, as well as by her sisters and brother, with their families, and by her grandchildren Jonathan and Julie-Rachel, the latter serving the Lord in Zambia. Her large funeral service in Glengormley Gospel Hall was conducted by Ivan Gordon and Wesley Moore with a tribute from her brother George.

Mr Norman Tinsley, aged 81, was called home to be with the Lord on 11th May. He was saved in February, 1947 at 17 years of age under the preaching of the late Mr Cooke at meetings held in Dromore Gospel Hall, and was subsequently baptised and received into the assembly in Dromore. His main interest in life from the time God saved him was the spread of the gospel. While still engaged in secular employment he helped in many series of gospel meetings throughout the province, sharing for many years with the late Mr Kerr Duff and the late Mr John Finnegan, and in later years with other brethren. God blessed his labours in the salvation of many souls. With his wife, they had the joy of seeing their family of 3 reached and saved. He was a founder member of the Plantation assembly in Lisburn where as an overseer he was held in high esteem and was in happy fellowship until his homecall. His funeral, which was of large dimension, was from the Plantation Gospel Hall and was conducted by local brethren, N Smith, D Patterson and S McCaughey with brethren S Thompson and S Sloan at the graveside. He leaves to mourn his passing his wife, Ella, his son, his two daughters and their spouses.

Mr Fred Uprichard, was called home on 6th June in his 95th year. Our brother was saved as a lad in his teens and later in life through reading the Scriptures was received into the Lurgan assembly where he remained until his homecall. He was a quiet consistent brother and had a great interest in hymnology. He could always give out an appropriate hymn, especially at the remembrance meeting. He will be greatly missed by his wife and his daughter Carol who cared diligently for her parents. Prayer would be valued for them both as they wait for the reunion at the Lord’s return. The funeral service was conducted by brethren J Lennox and E Russell.

Mrs Elizabeth Wilson, affectionately known as Betty, passed into the presence of her Saviour on 5th April, after several months of illness. Betty was saved as a girl of fifteen and spent the greater part of her life in the assembly at Wallace Avenue, Lisburn. She was a very faithful member and had a keen interest in missionary work. She entertained many of the overseas workers in her home. She is greatly missed by the assembly, but especially by her husband Jim, her two sons, their wives and her grandchildren.

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