Mr Wilf Anderson, aged 85, was called home on 18th July following two and a half years of cancer. He was in fellowship at Belmont Hall, Harrow for 50 years and in the Perth assembly for 12 years. He is greatly missed for his wisdom, integrity, kindness, sense of fun, leadership and love of the Lord. These gifts and Jessies loving hospitality provided the perfect requirements for youth work and the Lord blessed their untiring labours in the large numbers who were saved and taught the Scriptures. Wilf cared for Jessie until her death and found a second wife in one of "Jessies girls", Janice, who herself had been previously widowed. He was a special part of Janices family - an instant and loveable grandpa.
Mrs Elizabeth (Lily) Currie, aged 89. Lily was saved as a girl of 9 and for over 60 years was in fellowship in the assembly at Glenburn, with her husband John who predeceased her in March. She was a true helpmeet to her husband and enjoyed being in the company of Gods people. She was of a cheerful disposition and endeared herself to all who knew her. Lily was given to hospitality and all who visited her home were assured of a warm welcome. Sadly, because of dementia, she spent the last six years in nursing care until her sudden homecall on 20th December. She will be greatly missed by her son Brian and her daughter Heather, their spouses, and the entire family circle. Her large funeral, conducted by S Jennings and R Reynolds, with local brethren assisting, betokened the love and respect so many had for our sister.
Mr George Emerson, aged 90, was called home on 15th November after a prolonged illness patiently borne. He was saved in 1939 under the preaching of the late David Walker, and was soon baptised and received into fellowship at Ormeau Road, Belfast. George had a great love for work amongst children and became Superintendent of the large Sunday school and leader in the childrens meeting. He was active in gospel preaching on Sunday evenings all over the province. In 1951 he married Ruth Thompson and they set up home in Carryduff. For a few years they were in fellowship at Knockbracken, Ruths home assembly, while he still continued with the childrens work at Ormeau. George returned to Ormeau which later relocated to Laganvale. Having a great interest in the work of the Lord abroad he joined with likeminded brethren and was a founder member of the Harvest Fields missionary prayer meeting which promotes and supports Missionaries all over the world. He was also involved in sharing responsibility as a member of the convenor team for the large Belfast Easter and Christmas conferences and for many years was in charge of all the catering. George was active in all aspects of assembly life, manifesting a great love for his Lord, His Word and His people.He was also a very successful businessman known for his generosity touching many lives. He was predeceased by Ruth in 2007 and with his deteriorating health his family have showered love and care upon him. A private family service was held at the graveside conducted by N Emerson and later a very large company gathered at Carryduff Gospel Hall for a thanksgiving service led by Jim Freeman with assembly and family tributes with Samuel Thompson giving a suitable message. Survived by his family Ruth-Ann, Ian and Janice with their families, and also his brother Campbell and sister Joan.
Mrs Catherine Johnston (known as Cathie), aged 80. Our sister was called home to be with her Lord on 12th December after a short but aggressive illness. Cathie was saved as a young girl while attending the Sunday School in Bethany Hall, Blantyre, and as a young teenager was baptised and received into fellowship there. She married Jimmie Johnston from Rutherglen in 1955 where they set up home and were in fellowship in Hebron Hall, Rutherglen. In 1961 they moved to Portadown in Northern Ireland and enjoyed happy fellowship in Hanover Street assembly, and were there for a number of years prior to moving back to Scotland. They enjoyed fellowship in Low Waters assembly, Hamilton for 18 years prior to moving to Ashgill. In January 1986 they moved to Overtown Gospel Hall and have been in happy fellowship there until the time of Cathies homecall. Cathie was a faithful member attending all the assembly gatherings and worked where she could. In earlier days Cathie was the provider of much hospitality and her door was always open. Cathie will be greatly missed by all. Prayer is requested for her husband and family.
Mr John Kennedy, aged 77. On 11th December our highly esteemed brother of Ballyclare was called home suddenly to be with the Lord he loved and served. Our brother was saved in his early teens and was in the assembly in Ballyclare for over 50 years. He was a faithful and consistent attender at all the meetings and had a very keen and loving interest in childrens work and taught Sunday school until the very end. He often spoke at open air meetings and had an excellent testimony among his neighbours. He was never a public man, just a quiet Christian gentleman and his contribution at the assembly meetings was greatly appreciated. His empty seat will leave a void around Ballyclare. Brethren Sam Kennedy, David Gilliland and John Rogers shared in his funeral service.
Mrs Martha (Meta) Lowe, aged 91, went to be with Christ on 12th November. Saved in early life as a girl of 17 years, she was soon baptised and received into the Old Mourne Street assembly which then became Albertbridge Road, Belfast. After her marriage to Caleb they both went into the assembly at Comber. There Meta remained for over sixty years, faithful and consistent, a stay and strength to all. A woman who was given to hospitality, she and her husband opened their home to the Lords servants where many stayed over the years. She loved the gospel, and liked to hear it well preached. She bore a bright testimony in the town, not only in her assembly witness but also in her business life. Meta will be sorely missed by her family and the assembly at Comber. Her large funeral was conducted by R Pickering, her son Hilton gave a fitting tribute, with J McMullan and D Brown taking part in prayer.
Miss Mary Jane Mair, aged 76, on 26th November. Saved in her teenage years. Mary was baptised and added to the Cullen assembly in her early twenties, where she continued steadfastly and consistently until her homecall. A good friend to many, our sister was also a highly respected and helpful neighbour. Mary was very special to her nieces Dorothy, Patricia and Arlene, who, along with her cousin, Margaret, were most supportive during her terminal illness. Please remember them in prayer.
Mr James V Paterson, aged 80, was called home on 5th December having borne his illness with dignity and fortitude. He was led to the Lord while in his late teens by his brother-in-law Mr J Paul Snr and from that time he devoted himself to the study of the Scriptures. From the assembly in Broxburn he moved to Plains on the occasion of his marriage to Mary and remained in unbroken fellowship with the saints there until his homecall. He was a much respected overseer and guide and his contributions at all the gatherings were ever Christ exalting. He was a man of great generosity and hospitality both to saints and sinners. His ministry took him throughout the UK, USA, Canada and the Far East, but his priority was always the local assembly in Plains. He loved to preach the gospel which he did with feeling and solemnity and even while being cared for by his medical team at home he was constantly speaking to them of his Saviour. He was truly a "faithful and beloved brother". The large company in the hall heard fitting tributes from his son Jim and W Banks, while B Currie preached the gospel. A Graham preached at the graveside. Pray for his widow Ray, the family circle and the assembly who all miss him greatly and remember him fondly.
Mrs Mollie Thompson (née Gamble) died on 7th December, the day before her 93rd birthday. Mollie was born in Banbridge, the youngest of seven children. Reared in a Christian family, she was saved at 21 under the preaching of David Craig of Scotland, and was a steady, consistent Christian lady all her life. After her marriage to Philip, her late husband, in 1945 she lived for a year in Manchester, before returning to Belfast when they were in fellowship in Adam Street and then Glengormley. During her short time in Faith House she was in happy fellowship in the Dunmurry assembly. She left a lasting impression on succeeding generations of believers, for though she had no family she reached out with love to so many little ones at home and abroad. Called of God to serve in Tanzania in 1964, her impact was felt as much there as it had been at home. At her large funeral service from Glengormley Gospel Hall, shared by Andrew Kenny, Tom Meekin, Ivan Gordon and Wesley Moore, she was referred to as a Mother in Israel, which she truly was. Her nephew, nieces and their families and many who, though unrelated, called her Auntie Mollie, mourn her passing. Our lives were enriched by knowing her.
Mrs Maisie Wylie (née Watson) died on 21st November. Maisie, with her late husband Jack, was in happy fellowship in Glengormley assembly for over 50 years and was a consistent attender at the meetings while able. When, due to ill health, she went to reside in Faith House, she was greatly missed at all the assembly gatherings. She endeared herself to all who knew her over several generations of Christians at Glengormley and we mourn her passing. When her health deteriorated over the last months of her life she moved to a nursing home in Antrim. Here, she was nearer her devoted daughter Ruth (Curran) and son-in-law Sam (in fellowship in Antrim assembly), and her adored grandchildren to whom our sympathies are extended. Her large funeral service from Glengormley Gospel Hall was shared by Tom Meekin, William Moore, Ivan Gordon, and Andrew Kenny and was attended not only by many assembly believers but also by her former neighbours and work colleagues before whom she had borne a good and faithful testimony. Prayer valued for those in the family circle not saved yet.