Mr. U. Grant Skipper, Sr., age 80 of Kingsland, Ga. passed away at his residence on
Sunday, July 3rd,, 2016.
Mr. Skipper was born in Delco, NC on August 7th, 1935. He is the son of the late Daisy Elizabeth Williams & Grover Cleveland Skipper. On January 8th, 1983, Mr. Skipper married the love of his life, Florence Elaine Skipper, which he adored for over 33 years. A true love story people wish and dream to have. He was an outstanding husband and a wonderful father & grandfather. The love for his family was like no other. His loyalty and hard work showed through his family and work ethics.
Mr. Skipper served in the US Army National Guard. He was on active duty from 1954 through 1956, was then transferred into the US Army Reserve readiness forces and received his honorable discharge in 1962. In 1959, he became employed at Kraft Bag in St. Marys, Ga. as a tube machine operator. He worked there for almost 30 years, before taking the position with Gilman Paper Company, in 1988. He worked at Gilman until the mill closed, so he decided to retire. He did help his son Michael with building houses, until the heat became unsafe for his health, but he loved to work. Mr. Skipper had a passion for sports. He went from being a high school football star to a senior softball player, playing into his early 60’s. He also remained an active golfer, until his death. He did love his Georgia Bulldogs and the Atlanta Braves, almost as much as his ice cream at Cracker Barrel lunches with the boys and crew. Mr. Skipper was a sweet and gentle man with a loving soul that couldn’t help leave a mark in your heart. He will be so dearly missed by his family and friends, but especially by his wife.
Mr. Skipper is survived by his beloved wife, Florence Elaine Skipper; his daughter, Nita
Jackson of Kingsland, Ga.; his sons, Skip Skipper & his wife, Laura of St. Johns, Fl., Flip
Skipper & his wife, Dana, Joey Skipper & his wife, Roxie and Michael Jackson, all of Kingsland, Ga.; his sister, Melba Kay Little & her husband, Jerry, of Leland, NC; his brother, William James Skipper & his wife, Sue of Delco, NC; his grandchildren, Liza Porter & her husband, Mike of Jacksonville, Fl., Angela Clark and her husband, Scott of Kingsland, Ga., Dustin Jackson of Tampa, Fl., Tessa Talley & her husband, Paul, Jr. of Kingsland, Ga., Amber Reynolds & her husband, Trey of Yulee, Fl., Kelly Heartly & her husband, David of Kingsland, Ga., Jordan Skipper & her fiancé, Ben of Jacksonville, Fl., Ashley Groover & her husband, Josh of Kingsland, Ga., Ariel Grooms & her husband, Terrance of Kingsland, Ga., Hope Riley & her husband, Charlie of Norfolk, Va. and Scott Ary and his wife, Joni of Perry, Ga; and his 14 great grandchildren.
Along with his parents, Mr. Skipper joins his grandson, Neil Townsend in Heaven.
Calling hours for the Skipper family will be from 6 to 8 PM on Thursday, July 7th, 2016 at Coastal Camden Funeral Home. Funeral services will begin at 11 AM on Friday, July 8th, 2016 in the Kingsland First Baptist Church new sanctuary in Kingsland, Ga. Honorary pallbearers will be Dalton Clark, Cole Cahill, Booster Kinsey, Pepper Kinsey, Edward Bruce, Paul Talley, Raymond Browning, Lawton Smith, Dick Rowell and Bryan Fewox.
A private burial will be held by the family in NC.
Memorial contributions in Mr. Skipper’s honor can be made to Hospice of the Golden Isles/ 1692 Glynco Parkway/ Brunswick, Ga. 31525.
August 7, 1935 – July 3, 2016