Longtime St. Mary Parish Businessman, Wilson McKerall O’Niell III, dies

Wilson McKerall O’Niell III, a resident of Franklin, passed away at the age of 71 on Sunday, July 15, 2018, at 3:13 p.m.

McK, as he was affectionately known, was born in New Orleans at Baptist Hospital on April 14, 1947, the eldest of six children born to the late Wilson McKerall O’Niell Jr. and Betty Morrison O’Niell. He was a longtime member of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church where he served as a Vestry member, Lay Eucharistic Minister, Junior Warden, and was on the Fellowship Committee. McK served as President of McKerall Oil Company and was also a board member of the Louisiana Oil Marketers Association. A few of the many organizations he belonged to include the Krewe of Sucrose, of which he reigned as King Sucrose XL, Boy Scouts of America, of which he was an active supporter, Rotary Club, and St. Mary Chapter Louisiana Landmarks Society. McK loved and was active in politics throughout his life and served as a delegate to the Louisiana Republican Party. In his earlier years, McK enjoyed fishing and spending time at Grand Isle. He also loved cooking and striking up a conversation with anyone he came across. He genuinely never met a stranger. Gardening also played a big part in his life, especially his love of citrus and fruit trees, which he was well known for sharing with anyone who asked. As his sign stated, “Ask and ye shall receive.” Sharing from his garden wasn’t all there was to McK’s generosity, as he learned the joy of helping those in need, and more importantly practiced it. He will be deeply missed and lovingly remembered by all who knew and loved him.

Those he leaves to cherish his memory include his son, Clark McKerall O’Niell and his wife Abigail Bartlett O’Niell; three grandchildren, Olivia Madeline, Charlotte Eloise, and Georgia May O’Niell; his longtime companion and fiancée, Elizabeth Stiel McKee and her daughter Elizabeth Palfrey “Beth” McKee; four siblings, Dierdre O’Niell Strong and her husband Pat Adams Strong, John Rogers O’Niell and his wife Lynn Battaglia O’Niell, Anne O’Niell Courtman, and Kerry O’Niell Nickerson; numerous nieces and nephews; and his beloved cats, Big Boy and Pretty Girl.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Robert Morrison O’Niell.

A gathering of family and friends will be held at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 805 First Street, in Franklin on Friday, July 20, 2018, from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Funeral services will begin at 2:00 p.m. Following, he will be laid to rest in the Franklin Cemetery. Rev. Stephen Crawford will conduct the services.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, PO Box 95, Franklin, LA 70538.

Family and friends may view the obituary and express their condolences online by visiting www.iberts.com.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Ibert’s Mortuary, Inc., 1007 Main Street, Franklin, LA 70538, (337) 828-5426.