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Mr Tom Alford, aged 91 years, was called into the presence of the Lord, whom he constantly sought to serve, on 24th September. He was saved as a boy and baptised as a teenager in Wolsley Hall, Polmadie, Glasgow, and then was received into fellowship in the assembly which met at Ebenezer Hall, Glasgow. From the beginning, right through life, he was always active in the service of the Lord, in telling out the gospel and in his hearty hymn singing. In 1945 he married Anne Hogg, daughter of Mr David Hogg, evangelist. They moved to the Gospel Hall, Springburn, Victoria Hall, and then Albert Hall. Over the years he was involved in the Sunday night open airs in Glasgow, and in summer in the beach meetings on the Clyde coast. He also was active in the distribution of Bibles through the "Gideons". His employment took him to Orpington in 1981 where he was in fellowship. In 1988 he returned to Scotland - to Kilbarchan and then to Bridge of Weir. In both of these assemblies he continued to serve the Lord supporting the gospel work and tract distribution as long as he was able.

Mr Raymond Emerson, age 91, was called home on 19th October. He was saved as a young man of 14 years through the preaching of the late Mr John Curran of Belfast on Matthew 11.28. Raymond was baptised and received into fellowship in Ardmore Gospel Hall where he spent 74 years, and for 35 of those years was the correspondent and treasurer. This was his spiritual home where he was valued and highly esteemed. His deep love for his Lord and God's people marked his life. Raymond and his wife Irene were widely known all over the province, attending meetings and conferences. His very large funeral was a sign of the respect and affection in which he was held by so many. R Pickering, N Emerson, and D Gilliland gave words of comfort and challenge with prayers by W Emerson and S Barr. A fitting tribute was given by his son Leslie. Prayer is requested for his wife Irene, sons John, David and Leslie, daughter Hazel and their families. His seat is empty and he will be missed.

Mrs Cathie Kerr was called home on 25th October. Cathie was born and brought up in Dreghorn, and went to the assembly there where she was saved, baptised and received into fellowship. She was widowed when her first husband Colin died. Cathie started attending meetings in Central Gospel Hall in Irvine and was received there on 3rd March, 1996. Cathie met Jim Kerr who had also been widowed, and they married on 1st February, 1997. The last 4 months of Cathie's life were spent in hospital from where the Lord called her home. Her seat is empty and she will be missed.

Mr William (Bill) Ovenstone, age 97, was called home on 19th September. With his family he spent 25 years of his working life on Merseyside, much of it in the assemblies at Ellesmere Port and Little Sutton which benefited from his many contributions. On retirement he returned to his native East Fife where he and Agnes enjoyed an active lifestyle until a few years ago. He was a valued and faithful member of the St Monans assembly for the last 30 years, his prayers especially being memorable for their tone of worship and thanksgiving. Many people near and far have benefited from his generosity and helpfulness over many years. Through recent months of weakness, and with added difficulties in seeing and hearing, he maintained his steadfast faith and thankfulness to the Lord to the very end, as well as a daily anticipation of being with Christ, which he knew is "far better".

Mr Alfred Russell, aged 78, was called home by the Lord on 18th May after an illness bravely borne. Alf was saved as a young married man, baptised and received into fellowship in Hebron Hall, Coatbridge with his dear wife Annie. Their open home was a place of real blessing to very many young believers. Latterly Alf and Annie were in happy fellowship in the assembly at Castle Douglas. Alf's funeral in the Gospel Hall was very well attended with many friends and neighbours present. Our brother will be greatly missed in the assembly. Please remember Annie and the family in your prayers.

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