The Flowers of the Forest
Since the Society's founding, many influential members have passed away. This section is to celebrate the lives of those members. Unfortunately, this list fails to do justice to these fine men and women, and in addition, may be incomplete. If you have information to add to the list of remembrance, please contact the webmaster or an officer.
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Lyndon Dean Williams
Lyndon Dean Williams, 75, of Baton Rouge, passed unexpectedly at his home on Monday, July 1, 2013. He was born on January 5, 1938 to Loren and Alice Williams in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He grew up on a ranch in the Ozarks near Mena, Arkansas. He graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a BS in Chemical Engineering in 1960. He was president of the Independent Student's Association there and won many academic and student leadership honors. After graduating, he fulfilled his ROTC commitment by serving as a paratrooper in the 101st Airborne at Ft. Campbell, Kentucky. He was a Green Beret specializing in ordnance. While stationed at Ft. Campbell, he married Nancy Coursey on June 8, 1963. He received a Masters degree in Engineering in 1970 from the University of Arkansas. He continued in the reserves, eventually achieving the rank of Major in 1976. From 1963 to 2003 he worked as a chemical engineer for Reynolds Aluminum in Benton, Arkansas, Ormet Corporation in Burnside, LA and Southern Ionics in Baton Rouge, LA. He traveled extensively in Africa, South America and Europe on their behalf. Lyndon was extraordinarily creative throughout his life, so retirement allowed him to express his many interests more fully. He had a enduring love of theater and dancing. He created many sets, props, and costumes for community and church productions. His dance skills ran the gamut from tango to vintage. At the time of his death he taught Scottish, Regency and Civil War era dancing to homeschool groups and the community. He had recently assisted with choreographing a dance scene for "Seven Years a Slave," a movie to be produced by Brad Pitt. He had a lifelong dedication to the United Methodist Church as a Sunday School teacher, lay speaker, youth counselor and choir member. He was a member of the Seekers Sunday School class for 40 years at Broadmoor United Methodist Church, serving as President at the time of his passing. He is survived by his wife, Nancy Anne Williams; his sister, Gwenith Elaine Gernert; his son, Christopher Dean Williams (Amy); his daughter, Leigh Anne Van Doren (Tom); four grandchildren, Tabitha Leigh Van Doren, Jamie Nelle Van Doren, Christopher Dean Williams, Jr., and Sarah Anne Williams; and two nieces, Lisa Elaine Kesler and Stacey Lynne Christopherson. Visitation will take place at Broadmoor United Methodist Church on Friday, July 5, from 10:00am to 11:00am, with services starting at 11:00am, and a reception immediately following. Interment will take place at the Louisiana National Cemetery, 303 W. Mount Pleasant Road, Zachary, LA. at 3:00pm. Please sign our online registry at www.rabenhorst.com.
Published in The Advocate from July 3 to July 4, 2013
Dale A. Hall
Dale A. Hall, 56, died peacefully in his sleep at home following surgery and a courageous battle with cancer. He leaves behind his college sweetheart and loving wife of 33 years, Cindy Horton Hall, and two sons, Joseph and wife Valerie, and Matthew and wife Maggie. His gentle spirit, engaging personality and sense of humor will be forever missed by friends and family alike. Dale's keen intellect, which was honed through a lifetime of voracious reading, was admired by all who knew and worked with him. Dale, a native of Baton Rouge and a lifelong resident of the area, graduated from Glen Oaks High School in 1974 and attended LSU. He was a graduate of Northwestern University's School of Police Staff and Command in Evanston, IL and later earned his B.S. in Criminal Justice. He joined the Louisiana State Police in 1981 and ascended his way through the ranks to the second ranking position in the agency. He was promoted to Assistant Superintendent and Chief of Staff in 2008, a path that mirrored that of his father-in-law, Lieutenant Colonel Richard Horton. Dale retired from State Police in 2012 and was then appointed Chairman of the Louisiana Gaming Control Board. He had a distinguished career of dedicated public service and mentored countless troopers around the state. His legacy of integrity, dedication and compassion will endure for generations of troopers to come. His foresight and vision helped position the State Police as one of the most respected state law enforcement agencies in the country. His two sons continue the tradition of service today as members of the Louisiana State Police. He was an active member at University United Methodist Church where he worked with the Youth Sunday School, Chapel choir, outreach programs, and played hand bells in the Agape Ringers. During their life in Clinton, Dale and his wife also attended Clinton United Methodist Church, where they both sang in the adult choir. He was also a former member of the Baton Rouge Caledonian Society. Among his many professional accomplishments and associations, he was honored to be a member of the Louisiana State Troopers Association, and was privileged to lead the appropriation and development of the Joint Emergency Service Training Center (JESTC), a state-of-the-art training facility in Zachary, LA. Survivors include Cindy Horton Hall, Joseph and Valerie Menter Hall, Matthew and Maggie Fazekas Hall, and two brothers, Stewart Hall and Gary and his wife Nancy Hall. He was deeply loved by all of his in-laws and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Wilda (Bill) Hall. Visitation will be held at Resthaven Funeral Home, 11817 Jefferson Hwy., on Tuesday, June 25, 2013 from 4 pm to 9 pm. Visitation will resume at University United Methodist Church, 3350 Dalrymple Dr., Baton Rouge, LA 70802, on Wednesday, June 26, 2013 from 9:30 am until funeral service at 12:30 pm. Interment in Resthaven Gardens of Memory. Friends and Family are invited to a celebration of his life following the burial at JESTC, 1400 W. Irene Road, Zachary, LA 70791. Donations in his memory can be made to University United Methodist Church and to the Louisiana State Troopers Association, 8120 Jefferson Highway, Baton Rouge, LA 70809. Visit www.resthavenbatonrouge.com to sign the online guestbook. Resthaven Gardens of Memory & Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Published in The Advocate from June 23 to June 26, 2013
Robert William McKenzie Sr.
Robert William "Bob" McKenzie Sr. passed peacefully at his home in Baton Rouge on Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2011, at the age of 80, succumbing to Alzheimer's. He was born June 4, 1931, in Homer to Harry McKenzie Sr. and Sallie Mae Dawson McKenzie. Harry McKenzie was the mayor of Homer, then the longtime clerk of court of Claiborne Parish. Bob was elected first trumpet in the All-State Band when he was a senior at Homer High School in December 1947 and played trumpet in the LSU band during his freshman and sophomore years. Also during his years at LSU, McKenzie was initiated into Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity in March 1949. He was elected president of the sophomore class of the College of Engineering and elected assistant secretary of the student chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers, as documented in the Outstanding Lambda Chi's Louisiana Lambda Chi's, June 1950. In August 1950, he met Nell Cowart, of Monroe and Lumberton, Miss., at one of the Lambda Chi pledge parties and they were inseparable for the next 61 years, getting married Nov. 25, 1953, at the LSU Baptist Student Center. McKenzie received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in civil engineering from LSU, Baton Rouge, in 1952 and 1954, respectively. McKenzie attended Officers Candidate School, U.S. Navy, Newport, R.I., in 1954 and was commissioned an officer in the civil engineering corps, U.S. Naval Reserve. He served at the U.S. Naval Civil Engineering Research and Evaluation Laboratory in 1955-56 in Port Hueneme, Calif., then was stationed at the U.S. Naval Station, Adak, Alaska, where he worked in the Public Works Department during 1956-1957. In 1958, he returned to Baton Rouge where he worked as a structural engineer for Alfred G. Rayner, Consulting Engineer. He became a partner in the firm which changed to Rayner & McKenzie, Consulting Engineers Inc., in 1968. He was a guest lecturer on construction technology at LSU as well as visiting professor in civil engineering there in 1976. McKenzie was elected president of the Consulting Engineers Council of Louisiana Inc. in 1981, and a Fellow in both the American Society of Civil Engineers and the Consulting Engineers Council of Louisiana in 1989 and 1991, respectively. In 1989, he was presented with the A.E. Wilder Award for outstanding service to the Consulting Engineers Council of Louisiana Inc. After a distinguished engineering career, he retired in 1997, and traveled to Hawaii, Scotland, Europe and cruised the Greek islands with Nell. He also was a very active member of the University United Methodist Church and at various times was the chairman of the Administration Board, chairman of the Finance Committee, chairman of the Building Committee, chairman of the Stewardship Committee and sang in the Chancel Choir. He also was a member of the Caledonian Society and the St. Andrew Society of Baton Rouge. Bob was an avid photographer and recorded many family, engineering and church events and, of course, close-ups of beautiful flowers. Bob McKenzie was an honorable, righteous and dedicated man who was a role model to many. Those left to cherish his memory are his wife, Nell Cowart McKenzie, of Baton Rouge; three children, Mary Elizabeth "Beth" McKenzie Hebert and her husband, John Wayne Hebert, of Humble, Texas, Robert William "Bobby" McKenzie Jr. and his wife, Susan Ann Hughes McKenzie, of Maurepas, and Barbara Ann McKenzie Elkins and her husband, Brian Lane Elkins Sr., of Alexandria; nine grandchildren, Emily Rose Vincent, of Humble, Heather Ann McKenzie Whitaker, her husband, Michael Wayne Whitaker, Michelle Marie McKenzie DeBenedetto, her husband, Rocco Daniel DeBenedetto, of Baton Rouge, Rachel Leigh Hebert, of Humble, Kristen Elizabeth McKenzie, of Maurepas, Brian Lane "B.J." Elkins Jr., Mckenzie Kathryn Elkins, Marshall Robert Elkins and Faith Baoben Elkins, of Alexandria; three great-grandchildren, Bobby Michael Whitaker, Jesse Clay Whitaker and Rocco Daniel DeBenedetto Jr., of Baton Rouge; two sisters, Mary Belle McKenzie Rushing, of Homer and Sara Elizabeth McKenzie Marshall, of Lecompte; eight nieces and nephews; 11 great-nieces and great-nephews and four great-great nieces and great-great-nephews. Bob was preceded in death by his parents, Harry McKenzie Sr., on Dec. 23, 1955, and Sallie Mae Dawson McKenzie, on Jan. 15, 1967, who were of Homer; a brother Harry "Pete" McKenzie Jr., on Oct. 6, 1989, who was of Homer; two brothers-in-law, James Gregg Marshall, on Jan. 29, 2000, who was of Lecompte and Hollie Rushing, on Jan. 29, 2001, who was of Homer; and a grandson, William Joseph "Will" Vincent, on Feb. 11, 1984, who was of Carlyss. Visitation will be held at Greenoaks Funeral Home on Friday, Sept. 16, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Visitation will continue at University United Methodist Church, 3350 Dalrymple Drive, on Saturday, Sept. 17, from 1 p.m. until service at 2 p.m. Interment in Greenoaks Memorial Park. For more information, call the church at (225) 344-0343 or Greenoaks at (225) 925-5331. Pallbearers will be Rocco DeBenedetto, Mike Whitaker, Mac Rushing, Jim Marshall, Mike Monk and Lonnie Richard. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the University United Methodist Church, 3350 Dalrymple Drive, Baton Rouge, LA 70802. The family sends out thanks for the many prayers, gifts of food and fellowship during the past several months.
It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden and unexpected passing of our beloved husband, father and grandfather. David MacLauchlan passed away at age 81 on Saturday, Sept. 10, 2011, at his home in Baton Rouge following a brief illness. David is survived by the love of his life, his wife of 51 years, Marcille MacLauchlan; two loving children, Janie Pearson and husband Hill, of Denham Springs, and Andrew MacLauchlan, of Baton Rouge. He was the very proud "Papo" of the lights of his life, his beautiful grandchildren, Justin, Chase and Ashlen. He is survived by very special nieces, Janice and Jill Rhyne, of Montpelier, Va.; and numerous other relatives and dear friends. He was preceded in death by his father, Theodore MacLauchlan and mother, Evelyn MacLauchlan, who were of Littleton, Mass.; and a sister, Jean MacLauchlan, who was of Montpelier. David was born Aug. 6, 1930, in Boston, and was a resident of Littleton, Mass. He attended Randolph Macon College in Ashland, Va. After proudly serving his country in the Air Force, he resided in Dallas until taking a position with Ethan Allen Inc. and moving his family to Baton Rouge in 1974. He was an active member of Broadmoor Presbyterian Church in Baton Rouge. Visitation at Broadmoor Presbyterian Church, 9340 Florida Blvd., Wednesday, Sept. 14, from 11 a.m. until a memorial service at noon. A reception will follow. A private burial at Port Hudson National Cemetery will be at a later date. The family wishes to express their gratitude to Dr. Niels Linschoten, Dr. David Hanson and the staff at Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center and to Generations Hospice for their special care during this difficult time.
James "Rob" Moorhead
James "Rob" Robinson Moorhead, 57, of Watson, was taken into God's hands Tuesday, April 19, 2011, due to a bicycling accident. He was an emergency medical services pilot for Metro Aviation servicing Acadian Ambulance. He was born in Bethesda, Md., raised in Gaithersburg, Md., and was a graduate of Principia College, Elsah, Ill. Rob entered the Marine Corps and started his lifelong career as a helicopter pilot. He served with the Marine Reserves, being activated for Operation Desert Storm and retired as a lieutenant colonel. He continued flying for PHI Inc., servicing the oil and gas industry and then devoted 20 years of federal service as a pilot with the Department of Homeland Security-Customs and Border Protection. Rob had a zeal for life and participated in many organizations. He was a member of the Baton Rouge Marine Corps League. He was an avid bicyclist and bagpiper. He piped for U.S. Border Patrol Pipes & Drums; the B.R. Caledonian Pipes & Drums (Caledonian Society of B.R.); and the NaCait Dubh Band (Celtic Society of LA). He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Julie Roane Moorhead; son, David; three daughters, Elizabeth, Victoria, and Amanda; parents, Carlton Charles and Nan Moorhead; brother, Christopher; mother-in-law, Katherine "Billie" Roane; brothers-in-law, Spencer and Randolph Roane; sisters-in-law, Katherine "Jan" Heining, Pamela (Mike) Trenchard, Ellen (Sarah Hopkins); eight nephews and four nieces. A memorial service was held at noon on Saturday, April 23, at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 2021 Tara Blvd, Baton Rouge, Pastor Mike Button presiding. Burial at Port Hudson National Cemetery, Zachary, on Wednesday, April 27, at 12:30 p.m. Rob was struck while training for the 4th Annual Brotherhood Bicycling Ride, dedicated to the emergency responders who died in the line of duty.
Eric Angus Barclay
Eric Barclay - died October 29, 2010, in in Munster, Indiana. Eric was a native of Scotland. He was a consulting engineer. He served the Caledonian Society of Baton Rouge as a Board Member, and Scottish Country Dance Teacher. He was a founding member of the Caledonian Pipes of Baton Rouge and served for many years as Pipe Sergeant. Eric was awarded the Caledonian Society's highest honor, The Grant Award. He was a charter member of the St. Andrew Society of Baton Rouge. He is survived by his wife Beryl and sons Angus and Hayden.
Judge Hugh Brunson - died October 5, 2010, in Crowley, Louisiana. Hugh Brunson served his country in the U.S. Navy during W.W.II and in the Air Force during the Korean Conflict as a Judge Advocate. After being honorably discharged from the military he started his own law practice in Crowley. He was elected Judge of Division F of the Fifteenth Judicial District Court on December 26, 1976, and served until his retirement on December 31, 1996. Judge Brunson served on the Board of Directors of the Caledonian Society of Baton Rouge.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Margaret McNair Brunson, and two children, Lauren Kathleen Brunson Schlamp and Jeffery L. Brunson.
George Lane passed away at his home Thursday, July 15, 2010, after a short illness. He was born in Gallatin, Tenn., on Dec. 14, 1921, the son of Edwin Green and Ruth Day Lane. He leaves behind his best friend and wife of 65 years, Bettie Cadzow Lane, originally of New Orleans. George was a captain in the U.S. Marine Corps and was awarded a Distinguished Flying Cross for his service in Rabaul, New Britain, during World War II. After the war, he attended the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he helped to found the honor Industrial Engineering Society and earned admission into Tau Beta Pi. George worked at Ethyl Corp. for 33 years and retired in 1985, giving up the corporate world to pursue his love of golf and travel. George and his wife Bettie became members of the Caledonian Society of Baton Rouge in its infancy and helped mold and shape it through the years. George was president of the Society from 1981-1982, Director in 1985-86, 1989-1990 and 1992-1993. He also served as Secretary from 1987-1988.
Claire Dubuc Murray
"I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith." 2 Timothy 4:7. George William Williams passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Sunday, July 26, 2009, at the Hospice Carpenter House. He was born in Cincinnati, raised in Louisville, Ky., and a resident of Baton Rouge for 44 years. He was 86 and is survived by his beloved wife of 54 years, Polly; and four children, Leslie Crittenden Reilly and husband Norm, of Pelham, Ala., Jo Cameron Crake and husband Kyle, of Houston, Amy Brooking Stokes and husband Bryan, of Mandeville, and Geordie W. Williams and wife Marie Scobee Williams. He has nine grandchildren, Trey and Graham Reilly, Cameron, Davison and Tanner Crake, George and William Stokes and Claire and Camille Williams. He was preceded in death by his parents, Fredrick and Elizabeth "Bess" Williams; sister, Elizabeth Krebs; and brother, Fred Williams. He was a chemical engineer and retired production manager of Rubicon Chemicals in Geismar. He had numerous degrees from the University of Louisville where he was a member of Kappa Alpha fraternity. He was a research genealogist and proud of his Scottish heritage. George was a member of the St. Andrews Society and the Caledonian Society of Baton Rouge. George was also a member of Gen. Philemon Thomas chapter of the S.A.R. He was an avid golfer, playing many courses throughout the United States. He was a master-point bridge player and the past commodore of the Bar Harbor Boat Club. As his children advanced in AAU swimming, he participated in managing swim teams. He served on the board of the Aquatic Club. He will be missed by his family and friends. The family thanks the Carpenter House for their thoughtfulness and care. A memorial service was held at Broadmoor United Methodist Church, 10230 Mollylea Drive, on Saturday, Aug. 1, at 3 p.m.
Thomas Gordon Mungall Jr.
"I've heard the lilting, at the yowe-milking, Lasses a-lilting before dawn o' day; But now they are moaning on ilka green loaning; The Flowers of the Forest are a' wede away."
Thomas Gordon Mungall Jr. was born 1931, in Sylacauga, Ala., and died at 8 p.m. Fathers Day, Sunday, June 21, 2009, in Baton Rouge. Visitation was held at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church, 445 Marquette Ave., on Wednesday, June 24, from 9:30 a.m. until Mass at 10:30 a.m. Burial service was at Port Hudson National Cemetery at 2 p.m. He is survived by his wife, Lorraine Searls Mungall; a son, Thomas Gordon Mungall III and wife Catherine, Baton Rouge; a daughter, Mary Louise Mungall and husband Capt. Glen Chidester (USNR), JAGC, Pensacola, Fla.; and four grandchildren, Travis Chidester and wife Janies, St. Augustine, Fla., Tiffany Sellers and husband Ory, James Mungall and wife Emily, and Ian Mungall, all of Baton Rouge. A graduate of Southern Mississippi University with a bachelor's degree in chemistry, Thomas was a resident of Baton Rouge for 53 years. He was a retired research chemist at Ethyl Corp. He was active in many civic, community and cultural organizations, including The Caledonian Society of Baton Rouge, where he was past president and longtime board member, The St. Andrew Society of Baton Rouge where he was a founding member, The Clan Campbell Society of North America, The Scottish American Military Society, R.C.I.A., the American Legion, and served as a church usher for many years. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, 1949-52, and a member of Our Lady of Mercy Roman Catholic Church. Pallbearers will be Thomas Mungall III, Glen Chidester, Travis Chidester, James Mungall, Ian Mungall, Ory Sellers, Jim Borland, David Brown, Roland Glover and Larry Shepherd. Honorary pallbearers are Richard Ashby, Richard Boucher, Joe Campbell, Tom Allen, Stephen Eisenbraun, Bob Ellis, Jimmy Grimes, Dave McGehee and all members of the St. Andrew Society of Baton Rouge.
Tom Murray Sr.
Tom Murray Sr., a native of Newton Mearns, Scotland, and former vice-president of operations for Borden Chemical's monochem plant, died Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2005. He was 82 years old.
He served in the British Royal Air Force and later with the Merchant Navy during the Korean War. Educated in mechanical engineering at Stow Technical College in Glasgow, he worked for Rolls-Royce Motor Co. before immigrating to Canada. He then worked for Gonzales Chemical in Puerto Rico and Borden Chemical in Brazil.
He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Claire Dubuc Murray; daughter, Ruth Murray Pechon and husband C.L. Pechon; son, Thomas Murray Jr. and wife Debbie; brother, Danny Murray and wife Hilda of Newton Mearns; and three grandchildren, Paul and Ryan Heard and Tom Murray III.
A Mason, Tom was a founding member of the Caledonian Society of Baton Rouge, inaugural pipe major of the Caledonian Pipes & Drums, a longtime member of Clan Murray Society and served on the advisory panel for the Louisiana Highland Games.
Miller David MacFarlane Fergusson Dial
Miller David MacFarlane Fergusson Dial was born May 2, 1924, in Forest, Cherokee County, Texas, and died Friday, May 20, 2005, in Baton Rouge.
He is survived by two sons, M. David Dial Jr., Dallas, and Dr. Jack G. Dial, Irving, Texas; a granddaughter, Kim Brath, Baytown, Texas; two stepsons, James M. Brady III and John D. Brady, both of Baton Rouge; two stepgranddaughters, Kelli Brady Larose, Mandeville, and Stacy Brady, San Diego; three great-grandsons, all of Baytown, Texas; and a special friend, Herta Spann, Baton Rouge. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Ruth Sayers Dial; and second wife, Dodie Rogillio Dial.
A graduate of Texas A&M University, Miller was a resident of Baton Rouge for 40 years. He was a retired vice president of CF Industries Inc. He was active in many civic and business organizations, including Junior Achievement, the Chamber of Commerce and SCORE He was a former member of the board of the Louisiana Chemical Association and Bayoulands Bank.
He served for five years on the Louisiana Commission on Ethics for Public Employees during the administration of Gov. David C. Treen. Active in the Republican Party for many years, he assisted in founding the Republican Hispanic Assembly of Louisiana for Gov. Treen and President Reagan. He served as a delegate for President Bush at the Republican National Convention in 1988.
He was a Free Mason and member of St. James Lodge 47, Baton Rouge Consistory, Plains Commandery 11 and the Royal Order of Scotland.
In 1976, he was a founding member of the Caledonian Society of Baton Rouge, a Scottish heritage society, having served as its first president, and was awarded the society's Grant Award in 1989.
He was the second president of the re-formed Scottish St. Andrew Society of Louisiana, originally organized in 1807, and was awarded the society's Bruce Award for outstanding service to the Scottish American community with special recognition from President Reagan.
He was a charter member of the St. Andrew Society of Baton Rouge. He was a longtime member of the Clan Fergusson Society of North America and served as its secretary from 1980 to 1994 and as president-elect from 1994 to 2000.
He was an active life member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans and the Military Order of the Stars and Bars and was past commander of the Louisiana Society, M.O.S.&B. He was a lifetime member of the Telephone Pioneers and IEEE. He was an avid golf player and was a member of the Baton Rouge Country Club. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church and active in its mission program in Mexico.
But lo! there breaks a yet more glorious day;
the saints triumphant rise in bright array;
the King of glory passes on His way.
Lonnie M. Sibley
The Reverend Doctor Lonnie M. Sibley
Born December 21, 1923 ~ Died April 19, 2004.
These are some of the words that come to mind when I hear The Late Reverend Doctor Lonnie M. Sibley's name.
Lonnie served his country in W.W.II in the US Army Air Corps Medical Corps, Search and Rescue Unit in the China-Burma-India Theater. Today this falls under Special Forces SOC (Special Operations Command).
Lonnie was a 1942 graduate of Istrouma High School. He had a BS from LSU 1949; MS LSU in 1950; M.Th. From Perkins School of Theology, SMU in 1959 and a D.Min. Drew University in 1982.
Lonnie was a very influential Officer of the Caledonian Society of Baton Rouge serving from 1993 to 1994 as Treasurer. He served the CSBR for many years on their Board of Directors from the late 1980s into the 21st Century.
I remember well his tireless efforts at Highland Games, Kirking of the Tartans, Burns Nights, and countless Board Meetings. I recall the wonderful hospitality he and his wife Eleanor extended in hosting the Scottish Cultural Study Group on many occasions. I also recollect the hospitality of "Dogwood", his country retreat.
Lonnie was active in the Clan Davidson Society (USA) where he is currently CO-director of Region 10 that comprises the states of Louisiana, Mississippi & Alabama. Lonnie derived his connections to the Clan Davidson through his connections to the Dawson Family which is a Sept of the Clan.
As the Chief of the St. Andrew Society of Baton Rouge, I am often reminded that Lonnie was the first Chief of our Society. Those are redoubtable shoes to try to fill!
The St. Andrew Society of Baton Rouge (SABR) was founded by several gentlemen in Baton Rouge in 1997. Many of the first members were members of the St. Andrew Society of Louisiana that was founded in 1807 in New Orleans, Louisiana. It was believed that a similar society could be organized in Baton Rouge. Thus a formation committee met on October 27, 1997, at Giamanco's Restaurant. The acting presiding officer was the Rev. Dr. Lonnie Sibley. When the St. Andrew Society of Baton Rouge's By-laws were written it was decided that a distinction of the presiding officer would be "Chief" rather than President. Lonnie served as Chief of the St. Andrew Society of Baton Rouge from 1997 until 1999. Lonnie continued to serve the St. Andrew Society of Baton Rouge as the Society's Chaplain.
As many of you may know Lonnie was ordained a Methodist minister in 1959. He pastored the Clinton Methodist Church; Caddo Heights Methodist Church; He served churches in Shreveport, Bogalusa & Little Rock. He has served as a Hospital Chaplain and Chaplain to the Louisiana Woman's Prison. Lonnie has served the Methodist Church in many different leadership roles.
Ever ready to pray, it was clear that Lonnie had an open line to the Lord. His prayers always embodied the strength of a man accustomed to talking with God without the pomposity so often associated with preachers.
Once, when my son Jamie was little, he asked me about the St. Andrew medal I wore around my neck, "…Dad, who is this?" …why son it is St. Andrew the Apostle…" Jamie asked, "Who's THAT?!" "Why he is Jesus' friend!" "OH!", he said, then there was a thoughtful pause …and he said, "can I be Jesus' friend?" "Yes, son you can." Just as the Apostle Andrew, Lonnie Sibley could best be called "Jesus' friend".
Lonnie was a member of the American Mental Health Counselors Association; as well as other professional counseling associations and practiced as a pastoral counselor and hypnotherapist.
It is often said that behind every good man there is a good woman. In Lonnie's case that good woman is Eleanor Yeargan. They were married in May of 1946. I cannot think of one without thinking of the other. Truly they were a team.
Lonnie was the father to three sons, all doctors! One is a surgeon, one an Emergency Room Doc and one a Dentist who is in Law School.
Lonnie was Grandfather of 4!
Sapienter Si Sincere- "Wisely if Sincerely" That is the motto of the Clan Davidson. I believe that motto best summed up Lonnie Sibley a friend. Wisdom and Sincerity backed all his actions. Lonnie has been a friend to many and especially to the Scottish and Celtic community.
Donald "Don" McGregor
Donald "Don" McGregor
A resident of Baton Rouge, he died Sunday, July 21, 2002, at Baton Rouge General Medical Center-Bluebonnet. He was 74 and was born a British subject in the International Settlement of Shanghai, China.
He was a graduate of the University of Toledo, Ohio, School of Chemical Engineering, and worked for General Motors, transmission lubricants division, and Hooker Chemical in New York. He was a proud veteran of the U.S. Army 3rd Armored Division, Korean War era.
He was a true Highlander and a charter member of the St. Andrews Society of Baton Rouge, a member of the Caledonian Society of Baton Rouge and the American Chemical Society, a supporter of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, a member of the U.S. Masters Swim Team and LSU Aquatics competitive swimming, receiving numerous awards, and a member of Broadmoor Presbyterian Church.
He was a career employee of Kaiser Aluminum and Chemical Corp. in Gramercy as process control superintendent, technical services. As a senior chemical engineer in research, he worked at the Kaiser Aluminum Center for Research and Technology on their nickel project. After retiring from Kaiser, he was a consulting engineer with Linder and Associates in New Orleans and ECI in Baton Rouge, worked extensively on site with Vicksburg Chemical in Vicksburg, Miss., as well as with Proctor and Gamble in Lakeland, Fla. He was responsible for developing the formula for the introduction of calcium into Citrus Hill Orange Juice.
He was preceded in death by his father, Joseph Hudson McGregor, who was of Stornoway, Scotland, and a U.S. Navy veteran; and his mother, Flora McDonald McGregor. Survived by his wife, Ruth Selph McGregor; a son, Robert Thomas McGregor; sisters, Gladys McGregor Russell and Barbara McGregor Fernandes; nieces, Susan Russell Curtis, Judith Fernandes Stauffer and Gaby Fernandes Hurtado; and nephew, William J. Fernandes, all of California.
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