Flowers of the Forest

Margaret Faye Oswalt Oswalt

Condolences are also extended to the family of Debbie Sellmansberger whose mother, Margaret Faye Oswalt, passed away on Dec.1.


Dorothy Van Sickler McWhorter

Dorothy Van Sickler McWhorter passed away on November 28, 2016. She was born May 21, 1930, in Toronto, Ontario, the daughter of Jean and James Van Sickler. In the early 50’s, Dorothy came to the United States to work as a nurse. She married the Rev. Clifford McWhorter in 1957. Dorothy was very talented, and as a skilled Scottish Sword Dancer, she competed in various pageants, in one of which she was crowned Miss Toronto. She loved the bagpipes and took seriously her profession as a nurse.

Dorothy is survived by: her husband, Clifford McWhorter, two sons, Marshall and Blake, her sister, Joy Hughes of Toronto, Canada; eight grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. She was laid to rest in West Tennessee Veterans Cemetery. Memorials may be made to St. John Orthodox Church at 1663 Tutwiler Avenue, Memphis, TN 38107. Our condolences to the McWhorter family.


Rudolph "Bud" Hisky

Bud Hisky
It is with great sadness that I report the passing of Bud Hisky, a long time member of the Memphis Scottish Society. He had served the Memphis Scottish Society as president and is well remembers for all the years that he did “To a Haggis” at Burns Nicht. He was also a drum major with the Wolf River Pipes and Drums.

Visitation will be at St. Louis Clunan Center, 203 S White Station Rd, from 5-7 pm, Thursday, June 30, 2016, with Rosary at 7. The funeral mass will be at 1:30 pm, Friday, July 1, 2016.

Rudolph (Bud) Hisky died peacefully on June 28, 2016. He was born February 14, 1924, to Raymond and Marie Hisky. He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Eva Hisky Fagan Reed.

“The Budman” was a life-long Memphian and graduated from CBHS in 1942. He was a World War II veteran who served in the China, Burma, India theatre with the U.S. Army Air Corps. He graduated from the American Academy of Art in Chicago. His entire career was in commercial art. He retired from the Commercial Appeal in 1990. He was married to Lore Heider (of blessed memory) in 1951 for 58 years.

He was a founding member and president of the Art Director’s Club. He was also president of the Alpha Delta Sigma and the Memphis Scottish Society. Bud was a “pompous” drum major with the Wolf River Pipes and Drums. He was a founding member of St. Louis Catholic Church. He is survived by his 2 children, Greg (Susan) Hisky and Lorelei Scatamacchia. He leaves 5 grandchildren, Joseph (Ashley), Rosalyn and Hank Hisky, Vince and Keith Scatamacchia and 1 great-grandchild, Harper Hisky. We will miss the Budman’s sharp wit and never ending repertoire of jokes!



We would like to share the following tributes with our readers:
Bud Hisky-drum major
Thanks for letting me know of Bud’s passing. What a jewel! Always full of spirit, he was a keen observer eager to share knowledge and ready to entertain if the occasion arose. Bud did not need a stage; he carried one with him wherever he went, and he played upon it well! From “Big Nellie Mae” to the big bass drum to the big haggis blade, his exuberance planted smiles on faces all around. I remember one Memphis Scottish Society ceilidh in particular. The musicians were delayed in arriving, but never mind, Bud was there! He regaled us with songs and stories and a smashing impromptu performance of his Concerto for Solo Beer Can! Wha’s like him? Gey few. And mair’s the pity. So, here’s a dram to our friend Bud and a big hearty thanks for the cherished memories.
~Robert Campbell

It is with great sadness that we announce the loss of retired Drum Major Bud Hisky having passed away this morning. Bud, who was a founding member of the band, was always a major source of inspiration for the group. While we are sad that you are gone your spirit will live on as we continue to promote Scottish heritage in your memory throughout the Mid-South.
~ Wolf River Pipes and Drums


Cha bhithidh a leithid ami riamh.