Mrs Phyllis Allen, aged 88, was called home on 10th April. Our sister was saved during Gospel Meetings in Dromore in 1956 and was soon afterwards received into assembly fellowship. Following short periods in Dromore, Lurgan and Banbridge she was for many years an appreciated member of the assembly at Portadown. She was a careful reader of her Bible, well able to converse intelligently on Scriptural subjects, and a ready witness to others. Her large funeral from Portadown Gospel Hall was taken by Mr David Gilliland and Mr Jack Lennox assisted by local brethren. She was predeceased by her husband in 2009, and prayer is valued for her daughter and two sons and their respective families.
Mr Thomas James (Jim) Bingham, in his 97th year, was called home on 8th April. Our brother was saved as a young man of 24 and shortly after was baptised and received into the fellowship of the assembly gathered in Ballykeel near Ballymartin in Co Down. He was a faithful member of the local assembly where he served as a Sunday School Teacher and Elder for many years. Our brother was quiet, loved the Lord's people and had a good interest in the spread of the gospel. He was also well known as a welcomer on the door. He was a godly husband and father who was predeceased by his wife Jean some 45 years ago. In 1996 he lost one of his sons, and shortly after that suffered a stroke. In the ensuing years of his life he was confined to his home, until June, 2011 when he was taken into nursing care. A large company gathered for his funeral service from the family home to the Gospel Hall and adjacent Burial Ground which was conducted by Mr David Gilliland and Mr Jonathan Bingham assisted by brethren Raymond Bingham, Tom McNeill, and Stanley Haugh. Our brother leaves four sons, (one son Mervyn and his wife Betty are in assembly fellowship), one daughter, a number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Please pray for his entire family circle that they may come to know his Saviour too.
Mr Ronnie Gault, aged 78, was called home on 3rd April, as a result of a tragic road traffic accident in his home town, Omagh. Ronnie was saved in 1959 whilst attending meetings conducted by the late Robert Beattie and Thomas Wallace. He was subsequently baptised and received into the Omagh assembly, where he continued faithfully until his home-call. Ronnie was a brother beloved, a diligent student and an able teacher of the Scriptures. For many years he was a shepherd among the flock, so he will be greatly missed. At his very large funeral service, with many unsaved present, the messages in the hall and at the graveside were given by Robin McKeown and Gary Woods, ably assisted by local brethren B Nelson, B Kerr, A Wilson and S Nelson. Prayer is requested for his beloved widow, Doreen, son Timothy, daughter Janice and for the extended family circle.
Mrs Harriet Hill (née Brown), aged 80, died on 12th January. She was the eldest of three daughters of the late John and Mabel Brown of Bloomfield Gospel Hall in Belfast. Harriet was saved and baptised as a teenager, and at the age of 20 married Willie Hill of the same assembly, in 1952. Last year they celebrated 60 years of happy married life. After their marriage they moved to Rathcoole and were in fellowship in the Whitehouse assembly. As a family with four children they emigrated to Canada and fellowshipped in an assembly in Toronto, returning to the UK in 1968. From then until 1997 they were associated with the assembly in Rockhampton, South Gloucestershire, and for the last sixteen years fellowshipped in the assembly meeting in Unity, Bristol. Harriet was greatly interested in missionary work and laboured tirelessly in the preparation of clothes and other necessities for the needy in other lands. She had the joy of seeing her four sons saved and going on with the Lord. She had nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. She died peacefully at home after an illness patiently borne. The funeral service at Canford Cemetery, Bristol, was conducted by her brother-in-law Roy Hill, and the following thanksgiving service in Unity was conducted by Prof Alan Linton. Harriet had arranged the funeral and thanksgiving services herself, and at the close her favourite hymn was sung heartily in a packed hall: "When He takes me by the hand, And leads me to the promised land, What a day, glorious day, that will be". Prayer is requested for her husband, Willie, and for the family.
Mrs Lucy Howie was called home on 16th March. Lucy was born in Kilbarchan. She was saved as a young girl in the Sunday School, and was baptised some time later along with two of her sisters. She and her sisters were then received into fellowship at Memorial Hall, Kilbarchan. Lucy came to Irvine in 1958 after getting married to Jim Howie; they were blessed with three sons. Lucy and Jim served the Lord in Sunday School work at Girdle Toll and Springside. The last weeks of Lucy's life were spent in hospital from where the Lord called her home. Her place is now empty and she will be missed.
Mrs Frances Jerrard, of Exeter, passed peacefully into rest on 30th March after a long illness. She was saved and baptised as a teenager and received into fellowship at Lynmouth, N Devon. She continued steadfastly in assembly fellowship at Bristol, Exeter, Bodmin and Kingsteignton. An unassuming but very talented lady, she used her abilities for the benefit of the assembly, her husband and her family. She was married for nearly 62 years. Given to hospitality, she will be remembered for this by many of the Lord's people, as well as by her happy smile. The funeral took place in the village hall. The burial was at Lynton and Mr Foll and Mr Morgan were responsible for the service. At the end of the burial service "To God be the glory" was sung.
Mr Clifford McPhail, age 72, was called home suddenly on 27th March after an illness, bravely borne. Clifford was saved as a young boy in 1953 under the preaching of Frank Knox. A year later he was received into fellowship at Shields Road Gospel Hall, Motherwell, and was there until his home-call. He loved Sunday School work, and served both as a teacher and latterly as Superintendent. He also had a keen interest in the maintenance of the hall and made sure it was always in pristine condition. He became an elder at Shields Road nine years ago, and is sadly missed. Please remember his wife Jean and the rest of the family in your prayers.
Mrs Evelyn Magee (née Wright) was called home on 4th April. Our beloved sister was saved as a girl of 13 in the home of the late John Marcus of Ballyvaddy, Glenarm, and lived to almost 84 years to prove the reality of her salvation. She and her husband James were commended to the Craigyhill assembly from the assembly in Larne in July, 1972. She bore a Godly testimony amongst us for almost 41 years - her quiet and consistent life an example to us all. Since the passing of her husband in 2009 her care by her large family of 11 has been exemplary. A very large company attended our sister's funeral service from Craigyhill Gospel Hall to Glenarm Cemetery. Her son-in-law Wesley Moore, and Willie Fenton shared the funeral service, with local brethren participating.
Mrs Jean Muldoon (née Foster), Annaghmore, Portadown. Our sister, who was just 61 years of age, was called home on 5th April after a short but trying illness which she bore with remarkable fortitude. She was saved in her early teens having heard the gospel from earliest days at Drumnacanver, Co Armagh. Her nursing career took her to Lurgan and Belfast where she was associated with various assemblies, but on her marriage she and her husband Joseph were in the assembly at Scotch Street and later moved to Ahorey. Jean was a woman whose warm-hearted openness endeared her to friends and neighbours alike. She was deeply devoted to her husband and family, and to the assembly, a dedicated supporter of the gospel, and will be greatly missed by all who knew her. Her funeral, which was one of the largest ever seen in the district, was conducted by J Wishart in the home, and by A Gill and R Pickering in the hall and at the graveside, where many who would not often be in meetings heard the gospel faithfully preached. Prayer would be appreciated for her husband, her son and daughter and family circle at Portadown, and her three brothers.
Mr Ronald Crawford Mutch, age 67, went to be with the Lord on 20th January following a short illness. Saved as a young boy in Ayr where his parents owned and ran the Arrandale Hotel, he was baptised and received into fellowship in Victoria Hall. He quickly became involved in all aspects of assembly life, using his gift as a skilled and talented organist unstintingly in the Lord's service. While in Ayr he met and married Miss June Evans and there they set up home together. In his profession as a chartered accountant he moved widely, and wherever the family settled he involved himself fully in the activities of the local assembly. After moving back to Scotland he set up his accountancy practice in Perth where the family lived for over 16 years before moving to Lanark in 2007. Ronnie was of great help to the company meeting there and his passing has been keenly felt. The large attendance at the funeral service in Ayr was composed of believers and professional colleagues who spoke of his high standards and integrity in business and in his Christian life alike. The best tribute is that he will be missed. Prayer is requested for June and the family.