Mr James (Jim) Murray Fenton, aged 80 years, was called home suddenly to be with his Lord on 9th April following a short, serious illness. Although brought up in a Christian home, he was not saved until he was 20 years of age, while attending gospel meetings being conducted by the late Mr Alex Lyttle in Ballywatermoy Gospel Hall. Soon afterwards he was baptised and received into fellowship in the assembly at Ballywatermoy. He served his time to be a motor mechanic, but left the motor business and started up a very successful poultry business, owning thousands of hens. He was married to Angela, and God blessed their marriage by giving them seven sons and four daughters all of whom are now in assembly fellowship, and all the sons working on the poultry farm at home. Our brother was for many years an overseer in the assembly, which he loved and cared for. He loved the Lord and remembered Him at the Breaking of Bread on the Lord's Day before he was called home. He also loved the Lord's people and had a good interest in the gospel. At his very large funeral, it was estimated that there were over five hundred people at the graveside. At the funeral service in his home a tribute was given by brother Matthew McKillen, and words of comfort and gospel were preached by Wesley Martin, with Jack Lennox closing in prayer. At the graveside Thomas McNeill was responsible for the preaching of the gospel and Ernest Robinson closed in prayer. Our brother will be greatly missed in the home and also the assembly. Prayer would be valued for his dear widow and family.
Mrs Jeannie Kennedy, aged 91, went to be with Christ on 27th March, after a long period of illness. She had been in Ballyclare assembly for the last 45 years or so. She was one of the members of the Moore family of Buckna, and was saved as a girl of 13 at tent meetings conducted by Fred Bingham and John Hamill. Jeannie was married to Sam Kennedy, and spent some years in Dundesert assembly before moving to Ballyclare. With her husband, her commitment and convictions were steadfast, and she loved the Lord and the assembly. Her husband will miss her greatly, having devotedly cared for her since she fell ill with a stroke. Two daughters and a son, in fellowship in Whitehouse, Derriaghy, and Ballyclare, and the grandchildren, also mourn her passing. The funeral was large and, assisted by others, was conducted by J Fleck and W Martin.
Mr Drew Logan, on 27th April, aged 83, in Prospect Nursing Home, Ballymena. Saved as a boy of 15 in the Ballywalter area, he was later associated with the Dundonald assembly for over 50 years. His wife, Mary, was called home in 2001. Drew's life was marked by faithfulness, lowliness, and kindness. He had the joy of seeing all of his four children saved. His son, Clark, serves the Lord in Botswana. D Gillespie, G Hall, and J Parkinson took part in the large funeral service from Dundonald. Though greatly missed, his family rejoices in that he is now safely home.
Mrs Miriam Price (née Benson), aged 65, was called home to be with Christ on 3rd March. Our sister was saved on 18th January, 1961 as a girl of 11 through reading Romans 5.8, "But God commendeth his love towards us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us", and attending meetings conducted by Jim Martin. Soon after her conversion she was baptised and received into Tullylagan assembly until 1969. On her marriage to David Price she moved to the Drumreagh assembly, Newmills. They were blessed with three daughters and later further blessed with five grandchildren. She enjoyed fellowship with fellow saints and entertaining the preachers in the family home. Due to ill health she could no longer continue attending the meetings. The large turnout at the funeral was a tribute to Miriam. Please continue to support David and the family in prayer.
Miss Phoebe Sloan was called home to be with the Lord on 3rd April, in her 88th year. She was saved as a girl of 18 when the gospel was preached in Lurgan, and was later baptized and received into the Lurgan assembly. She was a faithful sister and an avid attender at all the assembly meetings where she will be greatly missed. She had a special interest in Missionary Work and, like Dorcas, was full of good works and almsgiving. Her funeral service from Lurgan Gospel Hall was conducted by J Lennox and shared by local brethren. She is survived by a brother and sister.