Flowers of the Forest

Merrill Varner

merrill varner
Merrill Varner passed away on Thursday, 5 October. He and Joyce were active members through 2016, and made most of the meeting and Burns Nights. Here is his abbreviated obituary:

Merrill A. Varner, 91, passed away on Thursday, October 5, 2017. He is survived by his wife, Joyce, and his son, Terry. Merrill was a veteran of WWII serving in the Army Air Corps and served on the Kwajalein Atoll where the U.S. military tested atom bombs. He retired from the U.S. postal Service as a letter carrier. Merrill was a Director and Board member of the Shriners School.

Visitation will be on Monday, October 9, 2017 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at Memphis Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens, 3700 North Germantown Rd., Bartlett, TN. The funeral will held on Tuesday, October 10, 2017 at 2:00 pm.

The family requests that memorials be made to Shrine School for children at 4259 Forrest View Dr., Memphis, TN 38118.

Charlie P. Jester III

Charlie Jester
Charlie Jester, a former member of the Memphis Scottish Society and Wolf River Pipes and Drums, passed away at his home September 20, 2017, probably from an embolism from recent major surgery on his neck.

Viewing was at Memorial Park Cemetery (Poplar at I-240) Tuesday, 26th Sept, from 5 to 7 pm. Service was at Memorial Park on Wednesday at 10 am.

Martha (Marty) Woolley

Martha (Marty) Woolley slipped quietly into eternity at 3:20 am on the 77th anniversary date of her parent's marriage, September 5th, 1940. Marty was always one to hold dear, special dates. So what a celebration reunion she had with her Mom & Dad and also with her siblings, Libby & Jim. Her brother, John has been here since Friday and they had deep reconciliation and two days of wonderful conversation before she began to dramatically decline and could no longer talk. Last night at 11 pm, her friend Mark Culp, somehow found and brought a violinist from the Memphis Symphony to give her a private concert. What a send off! John and I prayed Psalm 23 in the quiet of her departure. Thank you for all you meant to Marty.

Marty’s funeral was on Friday, Sept 8th at 10:30 am at B’rit Hadasa Messianic Jewish Congregation at 6320 N. Quail Hollow Rd., Memphis, TN 38120. The funeral service was followed by a gravesite service at Memorial Park.

Amelia Rose-Tummalapalli

Amelia Rose-Tummalapalli
It is with deep regret that we announce the passing of Memphis Scottish Society member Amelia Rose-Tummalapalli, daughter of longtime member Sheena Rose, on 3 August 2017 following a severe stroke. Everything Amelia was involved in, she was fully into — Scottish dancing, healthy lifestyle, doula services, etc. — but above everything else was her devotion to her kids, her family & her friends! Please keep Sheena, Amelia’s daughters, Lakshmi and Priya, and the rest of the family in your prayers.

A service of remembrance was held Saturday, August 12, 2017, at St Columba Episcopal Conference and Retreat Center, 4577 Billy Maher Rd, Memphis, Tennessee 38135.

Ian Seivwright

Ian Seivwright Ian Seivwright, 61, of Millington, TN passed away on June 30, 2017, at his home. He was born on March 5,1956 in Aberdeen, Scotland, and he and his family immigrated to the United States in 1970 where the young, charismatic Scotsman grew into a selfless, humble patriot.

Everyone who had the pleasure of knowing Ian would describe him as a true hero.  He dedicated his life to the service of other people both professionally and personally, and he always did it with unsurmountable energy and with a smile on his face that could light up any room. Ian was a Marine Corps veteran and was a former mentor and coach to the Millington High School soccer team.  He currently served alongside his fellow brothers in red as a Division Chief with the Shelby County Fire Department.  Ian’s leadership roles spanned beyond his responsibilities as a fireman.  He also served as the Pipe Major for both the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office Pipes and Drums and Wolf River Pipes and Drums.

 In addition to his other accomplishments, Ian was the foundation of his family.  He loved and served them with the utmost passion and respect.  He considered his family his greatest achievement, and he would spend much of his time being the type of husband, father, grandfather, son, and brother that we all should strive to be. This love he had for his family, above all else, was his most amazing and magnificent quality.

  Ian was the devoted, faithful husband to Becky (Massey), the proud, spirited daddy to Ian Charles Seivwright (d.2009) and Amanda (Kris) Miller of Arlington, and the playful, energetic Granda to Ashtyn, Rowan, and Garan Miller of Arlington and Bryce Leggett of Bartlett.  He was the loyal and caring son of William (d.2009) and Irene Seivwright of Brookfield, IL.  Ian is also the brother of Irene (Mick) Quintrall of Alexandria, VA, Lenny (Joanne) Seivwright of Darien, IL, and William (Lorraine) Seivwright of Raeford, NC.  He also leaves behind a host of nieces, nephews, and friends.

March no more my soldier laddie.
There is peace where there once was war.
Sleep in peace my soldier laddie.
Sleep in peace, now the battle’s o’er.
Services were conducted Saturday, July 8, 2017, at Faith Baptist Church located at 3755 N Germantown Road, Bartlett, TN. Visitation was from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. with the funeral service following at 12:30 p.m.

Cha bhithidh a leithid ami riamh.