Charles E. "Skid" Skidmore, age 86, of Kingsport, entered into his Heavenly home on Saturday, February 23, 2013, at his residence with his family by his side. Skid was born in Pennington Gap, Virginia on July 23, 1926 to the late Ewell and Ethel Skidmore. Other than his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Louise Glover Skidmore in 1987 and a brother Vaughn Skidmore. Mr. Skidmore was a member of the First Baptist Church of Kingsport and attended First Broad Street Methodist Church. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving in World War II. Skid was employed at Holston Defense for 39 years prior to retiring to enjoy golf and traveling.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Frances Skidmore, sister, Georgia Bell of Laurel, Maryland; two step daughters: Gay Gillis and husband Jerry of Kingsport and Jill Lane of Sevierville; granddaughters: Ashley Gillis Winstead and husband Josh, Justin Gillis, Emily Lane and Will Lane; great-granddaughter, Ella Winstead, and special friend, Oscar Alvis.
The family will receive friends on Tuesday, February 26, 2013 from 11:00 a.m. until noon in the chapel of East Lawn Funeral Home. A Celebration of Life Service will follow at 12:00 p.m. with Pastor Will Lauderback, officiating. Music will be provided by Emily Lane and Richie Dean. Burial will follow in East Lawn Memorial Park. Pallbearers will be Justin Gillis, Will Lane, Josh Winstead and Wayne Kite. Honorary pallbearers will be the Fort Henry Arms Men's Breakfast Group.
Memorial contributions may be made to First Broad Street Methodist Church of Kingsport.
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