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Mrs Annie Christie, aged 87, was called home on 8th February. Born and brought up in Belfast, Annie married her husband Alex in October, 1945. It was in July, 1956 that Annie put her trust in the Lord Jesus Christ, and over the years she lived to prove the reality of her salvation. In September, 1973, she came into fellowship in the assembly at Kingsmoss, having previously been baptised. She was a dear Christian lady, who was loved by all. She was caring and kind, always had words of encouragement for fellow believers and for young folks, and had a great interest in and concern for members of the assembly and their families. She was generous with her time and resources in relation to the Lord’s Work and Lord’s people, and was enthusiastic and consistent in attending assembly meetings and supporting assembly activities. She had a great love for the Lord, for His people, and for unsaved ones. She will be greatly missed by the assembly and by her family and friends. Her large funeral service was conducted by Mr Sam Jennings and Mr Fred Sweeney, assisted by other local brethren. Prayer is requested for her daughter Sandra, sons John and Alan, her sister Eileen, and all the family.

Mrs Agnes Donnelley, aged 88, called home on 28th February, after a number of years of deteriorating health. She was saved on 7th March 1937 and two years later, at the age of 14, she was baptised and received into the fellowship of the assembly at Bellaghy. Over her lifetime she was in fellowship in other assemblies, in Killyleagh, in Cregagh St., Belfast where she married Jim in 1947. They were in Bloomfield from 1960 – 1982 and on retirement moved to Ballyclare. Agnes was a valued member of the assembly there until her home-call. She was a widow for over 24 years. Agnes was a spiritual sister who was noted for visiting the saints wherever she lived. She worked in a Christian Bookshop until she was 80 where her kind and gentle nature endeared her to the customers. She will be sadly missed by all. Please pray for the family circles of her sons Harold and Ivan and also for her surviving sisters, May in Inverness and Peggie in Castledawson. Funeral services were taken by brethren Sam Ferguson, James Todd, Sam Kennedy and Edward Greer.

Mr Thomas Flanagan, aged 100, was called home on 2nd March, three days after receiving the Queen’s 100th Birthday Greeting. He was saved on 3rd January, 1927 and shortly afterwards was received into the Keady assembly where he remained until his home-call. He was correspondent in this assembly from 1939 to 1999. He was wholly committed to maintaining the assembly according to the Scriptural pattern, became an ardent Bible student, and was an able gospel preacher as well as minister of the Word of God, even betimes at conferences. He was a good conversationalist and had the ability to empathise with all ages. For many years he was responsible for opening the assembly Bible-Reading and continued doing so until three months before his home-call. At the age of seventeen he established what became a successful Butcher’s business in the city of Armagh. On March 30th, 1938 he married Ethel Boston who was also greatly given to hospitality until her home-call in 2007. He is survived by his daughter, Emma, a nurse and wife of T W Wright, missionaries to Brazil, his son Thomas and daughter Ruth. After hospitalization following a heart attack he returned to the home of his daughter, Emma, where he had resided from 2007 and was cared for until his home-call. A large company attended his funeral which was conducted by David Gilliland and Samuel McBride at the home and W J Nesbitt and John Fleck at the grave where there was also a large company in attendance.

Mr Cecil Gardner, aged 93, was called home on 16th January. Cecil was brought up in a Christian home and was saved as a young man. He was baptised and received into fellowship in Windsor assembly, Belfast. There, with other young believers, he took an active interest in the study of the Word of God. With his wife Kathleen he was in fellowship in the assemblies at Derriaghy and Wallace Avenue, Lisburn. In 1980 Cecil and Kathleen moved to Kingsmoss assembly. Cecil was an overseer who spent much time in prayer and was a great help in Ministry of the Word and in Bible Readings. He liked to study various translations of the Word of God and that often helped the believers in assembly Bible Readings. He moved to Faith House in 2003, just a few years after his wife passed away. While in Faith House he was in fellowship in Dunmurry assembly. His funeral service was taken by Mr Stanley McGowan and Mr Fred Sweeney assisted by other brethren. Prayer is requested for his daughter, three sons, and all the family circle.

Mrs Eleanor Johnston went to be with the Lord on 24th February at a comparatively early age. Predeceased by her baby child in 1983. Eleanor suffered from a trying and aggressive illness borne resignedly and patiently. She was saved on 3rd February, 1963 at meetings conducted by Mr J Martin and the late Mr George Marshall. Baptised and received into Kilmore assembly, Lurgan, on the occasion of her marriage to Mr James Johnston she joined the assembly at Fintona. A gracious, refined, Christian lady, whose love for the truth, and the gospel, was recognised by all. She, with her husband, had an open home for the Lord’s servants, and saints. She is greatly mourned by all who knew her worth. The large funeral service in Fintona Gospel Hall was opened by a fitting tribute given by her brother-in-law, weighty words were spoken in the hall by Mr W J Nesbitt, and at the graveside by Mr Noel Fleck with others sharing in prayer. Prayer is requested for her sorrowing husband, three daughters, sons-in-law, and by the McCann family circle, most of whom await "the blessed hope".

Miss Myrtle McCormick, aged 89, was called home on 23rd February, after some months of illness. Our sister was saved during a fruitful series of Gospel Meetings in Lurgan during the winter of 1942-43 and received into the assembly shortly afterwards. The assembly truly became her spiritual home and the focus of her interest and activities. She will be remembered for her steady, consistent contribution to the testimony and is greatly missed. With her sisters, she was an encourager of the Lord’s servants and the McCormick home was an open door for many. The funeral service from Lurgan Gospel Hall was conducted by D Gilliland and J Lennox assisted by local brethren.

Mrs Pearl McGibbon, aged 88, was called to be with the Lord on 1st January. Raised in a godly home and brought to know the Saviour at an early age, Pearl’s life was an unwavering testimony to the grace of God. Pearl was for many decades a faithful member of the assembly meeting in Avenuepark Street, Maryhill, giving unstinting service in a variety of ways. She was always at all the meetings, regularly played the organ or piano for the Gospel Meeting, and added her mellow contralto voice to corporate song. After the death of her much-loved husband Gordon, she continued as before, devoting herself with renewed vigour to that sphere of service allotted to Christian women: hospitality, encouragement of younger believers, private prayer. Many a young man and woman owe much to her unobtrusive ministry. She had a love for God’s Word, especially the truth of the Lord’s return for His saints, and an intelligent spiritual discernment superior to that of many men. But she never pushed herself forward, being content to fill her Scriptural place. Faithfulness was the keynote of her life; until the very end she made every effort to be with the saints, listening to the word, enjoying the hymns, and eager to see younger believers grow in grace. The assembly has been enriched by her example.

Miss Maggie Penny, aged 97, passed into the presence of her Lord on 1st February. While a young woman, she was saved at gospel meetings in Buckna, conducted by Mr H Bailie and Mr J Hamill in 1938. Soon afterwards she was baptised and received into fellowship in Buckna assembly. In later years she moved to the Ballynashee area, and was in fellowship with the assembly there, spending her last few years in a residential home. She was a quiet woman who loved the Lord. Her funeral service taken by T McNeill assisted by J Graham and R Beggs with hymn and prayer.

Mrs Jeanie Sinton, aged 93, went to be with Christ on 1st February. She was saved as a girl of 19. She and her husband Fred were received into the fellowship of the assembly at Glenburn, Belfast in 1962, and she was a faithful member until ill health confined her to nursing care. Her funeral service was conducted by Mr D Gilliland, Mr S Thompson and Mr G Ewing, with local brethren assisting.

Mr Gordon Young, aged 84, was called home on 7th October. He was almost 60 years in fellowship in the Aughrim assembly. Although not a public speaker, he was very much involved in the activities of the assembly. For over 40 years he held the office of Treasurer. He had a great interest in children and young people and was Superintendent of the Sunday school for 45 years. A fitting tribute was paid at his funeral service by Uel Finlay and the gospel was faithfully proclaimed both in the hall and at the graveside by local brother Ian Booth.

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