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The Flowers of the Forest -- -- St. Andrew Society of Baton Rouge

Ernest Edward "Ed" Skillman Jr.

Born in New Orleans on Oct. 3, 1937, he died at Ollie Steele Burden Manor on Sunday, Nov. 21, 2010. A graduate of Baton Rouge High School and LSU, he joined the Navy and became an officer serving on the USS Coral Sea. Ed's love of the Navy and his country was his passion.

Ed was a member of the Downtown Kiwanis Club, LSU Foundation, LSU TAF, various Republican Party organizations, the Navy League, and the VFW, and also a proud member of Sigma Chi Fraternity. Ed was a member of the St. Andrew Society of Baton Rouge.

He was an avid LSU Tiger fan and enjoyed following the New Orleans Saints. He was predeceased by his parents, Ernest Sr. and Helen K. Skillman. He is survived by a brother, Ben Skillman and wife Sue; nephew, Brady Skillman; niece, Piper Skillman; and cousins, Catherine "Sis" McIntyre Pegues, Ronnie McIntyre, Betty Bahlinger, Suella Dardin and Carol Reynolds. Ed will be remembered as a true Southern gentleman with a generous heart. -------------------------------------------------------

George W. Williams

"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 will be held at Broadmoor United Methodist Church, 10230 Mollylea Drive, on Saturday, Aug. 1, at 3 p.m., with family visitation beginning at 2 p.m. A reception will follow. Interment will take place in Kentucky at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please consider the Muscular Dystrophy Association, 8126 One Calais Ave., Baton Rouge, LA 70809 or Broadmoor United Methodist Church.


"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. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital or Hospice of Baton Rouge.

written by James E.B. Mungall


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".

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.

Alleluia, Alleluia!


The Reverend Doctor Lonnie M. Sibley ~ First Chief & Founding Member

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.

I was pleased to be able to call Lonnie Sibley "friend". He will be truly missed!

Tom Mungall ~ Chief SABR


Robert "Bob" Earl McConnell, Sr. May 17, 1936 - August 3, 2008

A loving husband, father and grandfather, he passed away on Sunday, Aug. 3, 2008, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born in Massillon, Ohio, on May 17, 1936, and traveled around the world but had made Baton Rouge,LA his home since 1978. He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Carmen Gladys Candelaria McConnell; two daughters, April McConnell Hayne and husband Grant, and Gloria McConnell West and husband David; son, Robert E. McConnell Jr. and wife Amber; and grandchildren, Katie, Emily and Nathan McConnell, Sophie and Noah Hayne, Summer and Lindsey West and Kathlyn and Emily Capone. Also survived by his brother, Allen; and sisters, Janet, Wanda, Norma and Opal. Preceded in death by his mother, Marcella Wurtz; father, Oliver McConnell; and sister, Ruth Ann.

Bob served his country as a 21-year veteran of the U.S. Air Force, serving in Thailand and Korea, and was honorably discharged in 1980. He worked for the state of Louisiana for 10 years and retired as an agent with the Department of Probation and Parole. In retirement, he was an accomplished poet and an actor in several productions with the Baton Rouge Little Theater and Ascension Parish Theater, along with several movie and television commercial appearances.

He was a proud member of the St. Andrew Society of Baton Rouge, the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, the Baton Rouge Fraternal Order of Police and Broadmoor Presbyterian Church. He also served as an East Baton Rouge Parish Election Commissioner and loved to read to his little buddy at Buchanan Elementary School.

The family would like to offer our sincere gratitude to the staffs of Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center and Hospice of Baton Rouge. The service was conducted by the Rev. Hawley L. Wolfe (SABR MEMBER & Chaplain).


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.

Visitation at Rabenhorst Funeral Home East, 11000 Florida Blvd., Baton Rouge, LA 70815, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, with a memorial tribute by members of the St. Andrews Society of Baton Rouge. Private graveside services in Poplarville, Miss., at the family cemetery to be conducted by Dr. Dan Howard of Philadelphia, Miss. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The Maintenance Fund, Broadmoor Presbyterian Church, 9340 Florida Blvd., Baton Rouge, LA 70815, Cancer Services of Greater Baton Rouge, 550 Lobdell Ave., Baton Rouge, LA 70806 or to a charity of your choice.