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Popular Methodist preacher David Hull to be laid to rest tomorrow

The funeral will take place tomorrow of an 89-year-old County Armagh man who died the day after being involved in a road traffic collision at the weekend.

David Hull, a lay preacher at Edenderry Methodist Church in Portadown, passed away on Monday after the RTC in County Fermanagh.

He had been a passenger in a Vauxhall car which was being driven by his wife, Ethel.

It is understood that both were treated in hospital and were later discharged.

No other vehicles were involved in the accident, which happened on the Drumcor Road in Clabby just before 7.15am on Sunday morning.

Mr Hull passed away the following day, at the home of his brother-in-law, at Brookeborough in County Fermanagh.

He was a popular member of Edenderry Church and it is to there that his funeral will take place tomorrow (Thursday).

A highly respected Christian gentleman, he and his wife, Ethel, established a number of Christian book shops across Counties Armagh and Down. These were based in Banbridge, Kilkeel, Rathfriland and Portadown.

Mr Hull ministered widely over the years. Throughout the 1950s and 60s he toured the length and breadth of Ireland, mostly by motorcycle, to bring the word of God and hand out Christian literature in the hope that others would come to enjoy the personal faith which he cherished.

He preached on the Methodist Church circuit and was recognised for his contribution to Methodism, being among those who attended St Patrick’s Church of Ireland Cathedral in Armagh at Easter 2008, when HM The Queen and HRH Prince Philip visited the city for the traditional distribution of the Maundy Money.

He continued to minister to others well into retirement and will be sadly missed by family, friends and all who had the pleasure and privilege to have known him.

The funeral service takes place at Edenderry Methodist Church at 2pm and Mr Hull will be laid to rest afterwards at Seagoe Cemetery.

He is survived by his wife Ethel, sons Jonathan and Stephen, daughters-in-law Suzanne and Anna. He was also a much-loved and devoted grandfather to Amy, Christopher, Laura, Jacob and Ella and the late Andrew.

Donations in lieu of flowers, if desired, are being directed to Edenderry Methodist Church c/o Milne Funeral Services 59 Seagoe Road, Portadown, BT63 5HS.

To Mr Hull’s family and friends, we extend our deepest sympathies at this time.

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