William G. Schmegel, Jr.
William G. Schmegel died August 19, 2023, after a long battle with Multiple Myeloma. Bill was born March 13, 1949, to William G. and Dorothy L. Schmegel in St. Louis, MO. He grew up in Spanish Lake in North St. Louis County and graduated from Hazelwood High School and Tulane University with graduate work at Washington University in St. Louis, MO. Bill was a Vietnam era Veteran attaining the rank of Captain in the United States Army.
With many interests, Bill enjoyed pursuing several careers including commercial lending for Deposit Guaranty National Bank, Louisiana National Bank and E. F. Hutton and as a Financial Advisor with Edward Jones. He loved the game of tennis, became a teaching tennis pro and ran Jackson’s Tennis South facility for several years. He, along with his great group of tennis buddies, were state champions in the 1990s and played competitively for several years. Bill also loved history and archaeology and combined his love of tennis and history while teaching at St. Andrews Episcopal School in Ridgeland and coaching the very successful tennis team. He loved his students and enjoyed connecting history with current issues. He dressed in various period costumes and used atlatls, blow guns, hard tack and other period items to keep history fun for his students. After retiring, Bill volunteered with Friends of Raymond, the Hope Lodge and The MS Museum of History when his health allowed.
Bill and Pamelia C. Howorth enjoyed 40 years of marriage and companionship. He was a loving and devoted father to their sons William Andrew (Andy) Schmegel and Eric Carl Schmegel. And he dearly loved his informally adopted son, Sedrick Djano and wife Jolie, grandson Shalom Djano and Andy’s wife, Kate Potapova.
Bill is survived by his wife, sons, daughters-in-law and grandson, his daughters Julie, Jennie and Annie from a prior marriage, his sister Paula Nykiel (Frank) of Washington, MO, nieces Dr. Sydney Bailey (Cory) of St. Louis, MO and Lyndsey Stuerman (Dr. Jason) of Fraser, CO and great nieces Lilliane Bailey, Gwyneth Bailey and Rylee Stuerman and great nephew Kaden Stuerman.
Visitation will be at the Natchez Trace Funeral Home at 759 Hwy 51, Madison, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, August 24 th . Burial is private. Should you wish to honor Bill, donations may be made to the following or to a charity of your choice. The Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, P. O. Box 414238, Boston, MA, 02241-4238 www.themmrf.org