The Greater Baton Rouge Model Railroaders has been closed because of the pandemic, but when it sets a reopening date, the memory of a beloved member will be on display.

Tom Mills was one of the Greater Baton Rouge Model Railroaders' most treasured and beloved members until his untimely death in 2018, the club said in a news release. His expertise and modeling skills can be seen on every one of the Jackson club’s layouts.

Recently, the club was contacted by the Mills family, who expressed a desire to make a donation to the club in Mills' memory. Specifically, the family wanted to donate two custom-built rocking chairs. The two chairs were constructed by club member Blane Deroche and presented to the club in a ceremony attended by the Mills family on Sept. 12.

Mills' widow, Betty Mills, told of his love for the club. She related that he kept a diary in which he recorded every trip to the club's facilities in Jackson from his home in Reserve: more than 150 miles.

The club said the ceremony was a needed lift since many members have been unable to enjoy time at the club due to the pandemic.

Members said Mills was the club's go-to person to solve model train issues.