In Memory

John F. Skinner

John F. Skinner

I want all our classmates that have gone on before us to have a rose by their name in the profile list so I am adding this to all of them.  dc

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10/06/08 10:28 AM #1    

Glenn H. Sparkman

As crazy as he sometimes was, Johnny was a really nice guy and would stand on his head in the creek to help if you asked him. He had a hard scrabble life like many others, but was working hard for something better when he died.

10/20/08 02:49 PM #2    

Gayle Reece (Reece)

He had the softest lips I have ever kissed, and I think we only kissed once in high school.

We had just run into each other about 2 weeks before he died. What a sweet man.

I love his motorcycle/peace sign tombstone and visit it once a year.

10/26/08 12:22 PM #3    

Butch Wills

Johnny and I went to school together from the first grade on. He was always a friend. I don't think he had a mean bone in his body. Glenn Sparkman and I visited with him the day before he died, tragically in a motorcycle accident. He will always be remembered by me as an easy going, gentle soul.

11/28/08 01:22 AM #4    

William Harold Martin

Johnny was a really great guy who would do anything for you. He was very young and working to better himself. My memories of him are of doing battle in the Lions Den and as a teammate. I think of him often and wonder what might have been. Most of us would probably agree that life is a challenge and with it comes the responsibility to "earn it." (a quote from saving private Ryan) So we should be like Johnny and be kind and help those around us. I mis John and think of him often. Harold Martin

02/06/09 12:18 PM #5    

Jack Chelf, Jr.

I knew Johnny from the old Douglas School neighborhood through hi school. He did life his way. His wild side showed the most, but his character also included kindness with a sympathy for the underdog. More than once I saw him take up for kids in a tight spot. I believe he would have made a good old man. I remember the day I heard of his tragic death...a sad day. Jack Chelf, Jr.

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