Mrs Sally Bryce, aged 78, passed into the Lord's presence on 6th June after a long trying illness during which she was attended to faithfully by her husband Wilmar. Saved in early life in 1954, she was baptised and received into the assembly at Ballymacashon where she remained until her homecall. A gentle, gracious Christian lady, for over 40 years she lovingly cared for her handicapped daughter, Gillian, who pre-deceased her in January, 2008. Truly a woman who adorned the doctrine of God our Saviour. Her large funeral was conducted by R Pickering when words of comfort and gospel were spoken. Also sharing in prayer were U Crothers, and A Smylie. Prayer is requested for Wilmar with the family and grandchildren.
Mrs Pearl Goodwin, aged 69, went to be with Christ on 9th November. She was saved as a girl of 14, and shortly afterwards was baptised and received into assembly fellowship. Latterly associated with the assembly at Collooney, Co. Sligo, Republic of Ireland, she bore a faithful and consistent testimony in the locality and was a rich blessing among the people of God. She was a woman given to hospitality, and she and her husband opened their home to the Lord's people where many appreciated their fellowship. She had the joy of seeing her two boys saved, baptised and received into assembly fellowship. During the recent years of illness she bore a remarkable, resilient testimony and became a great example to others. Many were touched by her loving acts of kindness toward them, and perhaps the full impact of her Christian witness and joy in Christ has not yet been fully known. A large company attended the funeral. The speakers were G Woods, T McCann and D Armstrong. Her husband John and her two sons Jonathan and Stephen, their families, and many others whose lives were enriched by her, sadly mourn her passing.
Mr Jack Walls, aged 93 years, passed into the presence of the Lord on 12th November. Jack was saved as a young man of 27 years at meetings held by Harold Paisley in Cregagh Street Gospel Hall, Belfast. He was in happy fellowship in the small assembly in Ardstraw, Co. Tyrone, for over 60 years, and was its Correspondent for most of that time. Jack's life was characterised by prayer and diligent study of the Scriptures and this was manifested in his Christ-like demeanour and godly life, lived out in deep love and unstinted devotion to his Lord. He was truly "a brother beloved" (Philemon v.16), known for wise counsel and even-handed advice, who dedicated himself to serving his Lord with humility and integrity. He was not only a pillar in his family life, but also in both his assembly and business lives, and was known in his local community as "a Christian gentleman". Many people, from near and far, benefited from Jack's helpfulness and generosity. He ever sought the furtherance of the spread of the gospel, at home and abroad. Jack also had a particular interest in seeing young people saved in early life and sought to sow God's Word in young hearts, both as a Sunday School Teacher and in the "Tuesday Hour" Children's Meetings in Ardstraw Gospel Hall for many years. He, along with his late wife Jane, who predeceased him on 8th December, 1992, were also marked by generous hospitality and their home was a place of blessing to many, particularly the Lord's people. His very large funeral was testament to the respect and affection in which he was held, especially by the community in which he lived and spent his business life. Those who participated in the funeral service, both in his own home and at the graveside, were his grandson Stephen, his son George who paid him a sincere and fitting tribute, J Balmer, G Woods, S Patterson and D McGarvey. Jack will be sorely missed by the assembly and by his devoted family, all of whom he saw saved in early life. Prayer is requested for his daughter Rosemary, who lovingly cared for him up until his homecall, and his three sons George, Stanley and John and their families. "Thou shalt be missed, because thy seat will be empty" (1 Sam 20.18).