Mr Samuel Alexander, aged 82, was called home on 13th June after a short illness. He was brought up under the sound of the gospel in the Donacloney area where he lived, and was saved as a lad of 14 years of age. His later years were spent in the Lurgan assembly where he was held in high esteem and was consistent in his attendance at all the assembly gatherings. His very large funeral was an evidence of his Christian testimony in his home village. The services were conducted by local brethren, and the gospel was faithfully preached. Prayer is requested for his wife Mary, and the family, some of whom are not yet saved.
Mr Thomas Maxwell Armstrong. Our beloved brother was well known as a good and godly man, with an outstanding ability to preach the gospel. He was saved through John 5.24 when attending gospel meetings conducted by Hawthorne Baillie and Fred Bingham in Dunmurry Gospel Hall. He knew peace with God on the night peace was declared in Europe, in May, 1945. He was soon baptised and received into the assembly at Derriaghy Gospel Hall, where he continued steadfastly all his life. He matured into a wise and sympathetic overseer in the assembly, where he was highly respected. For around 13 years he was a valued member of the committee of the "Assembly Testimony" magazine. He developed Parkinson's disease and was lovingly cared for at home by his devoted wife, Ivy, until he entered Faith House, where he was for around 9 years. Through all this time he bore his lot uncomplainingly, even when bedridden for the last 4 years. He went to be with the Lord on 10th June. His large funeral was conducted in the home by B Currie and at the grave by J Rogers, assisted by local brethren. Prayer is requested for his widow and family circle.
Mr John Currie, aged 86, passed into the presence of his Lord on 26th May. He was saved as a young man of 17. Shortly after his marriage to Margaret Balance, they both were received into assembly fellowship at Matchett Street, Belfast in 1950. Both John and Margaret were faithful members of the assembly, John being Sunday School Superintendent and correspondent for many years. He had the joy of pointing others to the Saviour, among them a work colleague from the Belfast shipyard. Margaret predeceased John in April, 2012 – they had been married for 64 years. John loved the Lord, the things of the Lord, and being with the Lord's people, and very often quoted Paul's words, "…whose I am, and whom I serve". The very large funeral service at the Hall was conducted by Mr Jack Hamilton and Mr Timothy Young assisted by other local brethren.
Mrs Letitia (Letty) Finney, aged 89, was called home on 29th April. Our sister was saved in 1952 while attending gospel meetings at Lacken, Ballyward, conducted by the late Mr Robert Beattie. She was baptised sometime later, and was received into assembly fellowship at Shanaghan. She remained a faithful attender at all the meetings until, due to ill health, she was unable to come out. When visited, our sister was always in a cheerful spirit and always enjoyed the Scriptures being read to her and being prayed with. She was predeceased by her husband Alex some years ago. The funeral service was conducted by Mr Rob Fairley. Mr Fred McCauley prayed at the Hall, and Mr Mark Patterson at the graveside.
Mrs Jean Fulton was called home to be with Christ after a short illness on 8th June. She was saved as a girl of 15 while attending meetings conducted by Mr Sam Lewis in Markethill in 1951. Our sister was baptised and gathered to the Lord's name in Markethill where she was a faithful consistent member for many years. Due to the assembly closing there recently, she, with her husband Albert, joined in fellowship with the Glenanne assembly where they have been very much appreciated. Jean was a gracious, gentle and unassuming Christian lady. Her quiet godly life and presence were always felt both at the assembly gatherings and in her home. She was deeply devoted to her husband and family, to the assembly, and was a faithful supporter of the gospel. She will be greatly missed by her loved ones and by all who knew her. Her very large funeral showed the esteem in which our sister was held. Her funeral services were conducted by J Wishart, R Pickering and J Rogers.
Mrs Jean Hynd was called home on 2nd June. Jean had a life-long connection with the assembly in Irvine. She was one of eight young girls saved at Girdle Toll Sunday School, a work carried on by the assembly in Irvine. Due to poor health, Jean had been unable to attend any meetings for a number of years. The last days of her life were spent in hospital from where the Lord called her home.
Mrs Jean Reid, on 12th May, aged 82. She was saved as a young girl, and was in fellowship in assemblies in Cumnock, Annbank, Ayr, Beith and Irvine, where she moved with her husband James with his employment. They retired to Kilwinning in the 1980s where they were in fellowship with the assembly at Bridgend Gospel Hall. She was a great support to her husband and was known for her hospitality to many of the Lord's people over many years. She was widowed in 1988, and lost her daughter Marilyn in 2009, but, despite all, continued to attend the meetings consistently and with a keen interest in the Lord's work at home and abroad. The last few years became increasingly difficult for her as her health deteriorated, but she struggled out to the meetings until a few weeks before her home-call. Remember her daughters and family in your prayers.
Mrs Jessie Lyle Reid (née Muir), was called home to be with her Lord on 8th June. She had been seriously ill for some time but was at all the assembly meetings to which she could manage, until a short time before her death. She passed away at home in her 79th year with her family around her. She was saved as a girl and received into fellowship at Overtown Gospel Hall in November, 1945. She was a nurse by profession and later became a District Nursing Sister. She met her husband Andrew while she was nursing and he was a patient in hospital, and they were married in 1956. They were in fellowship in Overtown assembly all their married life, and she was involved in the work of the assembly as much as she could. In earlier years she was a Sunday School teacher and she also played the organ for many years. She and her friend Isa sang duets in many assemblies and Jessie was one of those instrumental in commencing and continuing the Women's Meetings. She loved her Lord, was a lovely sister, and will be greatly missed by all. The large number of villagers and those from our own and surrounding assemblies who attended her funeral testified to the high esteem in which she was held. Prayer is requested for her husband Andrew and the family.
Mr Thomas Spence, suddenly on 21st March, at Weavers Nursing Home, Cookstown, in his 85th year. Tommy was a number of weeks in the home after a short illness in hospital owing to a fall in his own house. The third in a family of nine of the late Albert and Mary Jane, he had heard Faith Mission Pilgrims in earlier days, but was later saved at meetings in Kingsmills, in August, 1966, the preachers being the late Mr Jim Brown and Mr Little. 1 John 5.10 was used to bring repentance and faith in our Lord Jesus Christ. He was baptised in April, 1967. Most of his spiritual life was in Tullylagan assembly and in recent years in Cookstown where he had resided. He was faithful at all meetings over the years and had a valuable interest in Sunday School work. In the employment realm he was a strong man, a good worker, and most supportive to any who needed help. He was loved by a large family of six children, then grandchildren, and great grandchildren. His funeral in Cookstown was a very large gathering conducted by Alec Wilson and William Taylor, with Brian Glendinning and Richard Nelson leading in prayer. Jonathan Booth gave a very fitting tribute to his grandfather.
Mr Joseph Patrick Steele, aged 82, was called home suddenly on 6th May. He was saved, when, as a 16 year old, he attended gospel meetings in a Methodist Church in Belfast. He became a lifelong student of the Scriptures and while training to be a Methodist Lay Preacher saw that the church he was in did not practise Scriptural baptism. Subsequently he was baptised by immersion and later, seeing the Scriptural principle of church gathering, came into assembly fellowship. The Lord led him to live in many parts of the world in his secular employment where he sought to serve Him in preaching and teaching, often alongside full-time missionaries. Having both a good knowledge of the Word of God and a wide experience of life enabled him to be a much sought after counsellor and encourager to assemblies and the Lord's people, both in spoken and written form. He, along with his wife Iris, was given to much hospitality. The Lord blessed them with three daughters (two returned to Africa as missionaries) and six grandchildren. Latterly he enjoyed fellowship with the believers in Adamsdown Gospel Hall, Cardiff, where the funeral service was held. Nigel Williams spoke at the graveside and Gerald Voisey in the Gospel Hall, with Joe's three sons-in-law taking part. Please remember his wife Iris and the family circle in your prayers.
Miss Eileen Taylor, called home on 26th May, in her 75th year, after a period of illness, patiently borne. She was saved in March, 1962, at meetings in Ballyronan conducted by the late Mr J S Thompson and the late Mr John Hawthorne. She was baptised in May, was received into Drumenagh assembly, and continued there in happy fellowship until her home-call. Eileen was a Christian lady of distinction who taught in the Sunday School, and had a deep interest in the gospel at home and abroad. She was a liberal supporter of the Lord's work and workers. Her large funeral was an evidence of the esteem in which she was held by all who knew her worth, and was conducted by Mr David Gilliland and Mr Jack Lennox, helped by local brethren. Prayer is requested for her brother, sister and family and relations.
Mr John Young, aged 95, went to be with Christ on 30th May. He was saved as a young man of 19 and was received into fellowship in the assembly at New Road, Portavogie, where he was a faithful member for over seventy years. He was a dedicated and cheerful doorman and Hall caretaker for many years, and always had a welcoming smile and word for those who came to the Hall. The funeral service from the Gospel Hall was conducted by brethren W J Nesbitt and Tom Meekin, assisted by local brethren.