Wallace G. Skinner Jr.

Published 8:04 pm Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Wallace Golden Skinner Jr., 77, of LaGrange passed away suddenly on Tuesday, June 5, 2018.

Wally was born on May 20, 1941, in Greenville, South Carolina, to the late Wallace G. Skinner Sr. and the late Mary S. Skinner. He grew up in nearby Columbia, where he graduated from Eau Claire High School and also met his future wife, Jane Peeler Skinner.

After Wally and Jane married in 1963, they settled in Spartanburg as Wally began working at Milliken & Co. as a lab technician. In 1970, they moved with their two young children to LaGrange, where Wally continued working with Milliken.

It was the first of six moves the family made between LaGrange and Spartanburg before settling in LaGrange in 1980. While working full-time, Wally also completed a bachelor’s degree from Limestone College. After a successful career with Milliken, Wally retired in 2004 after 39 years of dedicated service.

In addition to his parents, Wally was preceded in death by his brother, Michael W. Skinner. Survivors include Jane, his wife of 55 years; a son, Wallace G. Skinner III (Tripp), and his wife, Lisa; a daughter, Merritt Skinner Shelton, and her husband, Joey; and his three grandchildren, John Skinner, Morgan Skinner, and Jacob Shelton. He also is survived by a brother, Gary Skinner and his wife, Mary; a sister-in-law, Weezie Skinner; three nephews, Matthew Skinner, Michael Skinner, and Samuel Skinner; and a niece, Jennifer Skinner Davis.

Another love in his life was Wally’s and Jane’s dog, Mopsie, his constant companion on morning walks in Ashford Place subdivision for the past 17 years. An avid golfer and longtime member of Highland Country Club, Wally also had many cherished friends who shared his love of the sport.

The funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, June 8, 2018, at First Presbyterian Church of LaGrange, where Wally and Jane have been active members. A reception will follow in the fellowship hall. All friends and family are invited to attend. In lieu of flowers, donations in Wally’s memory may be made to First Presbyterian Church of LaGrange, the LaGrange-Troup County Humane Society, or Extra Special People, Inc. (ESP) of Watkinsville, Georgia.