The Norman Transcript


May 7, 2013

Former commissioner George Skinner dies



He and his wife, Martha, lived in Cleveland County for more than 40 years. The couple have six children: Cindy, Sandi, Mark, Kelly, Stephen and Carrie, 11 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Virgin followed her grandfather’s footsteps into politics and is now serving her second term as state representative for District 44, which includes Norman.

Skinner changed political parties from Democrat to Republican about a decade ago to better represent his constituents. Virgin is a Democrat.

“He and I never had to discuss political party issues,” Virgin said. “Our underlying values were really the same because we both bought into public service and wanted to help people. Being of different political parties was not a problem for us. Honesty and hard work and integrity are not limited by political party.”

Virgin said she has many good memories of her grandfather, but political campaigns tied them together.

“It was really, really neat for me to get to work on all of his campaigns, but one of the best memories was how dedicated he was to helping me get elected,” Virgin said. “He was out there knocking (on) doors and calling everyone he could. I remember at my watch party, he was just beaming because he was so proud that I followed in his footsteps of public service.”

A wake to remember Skinner will be 6:30 Thursday night at St. Andrews Catholic Church in Moore. The funeral mass will follow at 10 a.m. Friday, also at St. Andrews.

The family is requesting that contributions be made to McKenzie Gardens in lieu of flowers.

In January 2012, Skinner announced that he would not run for re-election and summed up his feelings about his life as a county commissioner with the following comments: “It’s been very humbling that the voters have allowed me to be a public servant for so many years. It’s been a great ride. May God bless each and every one of you.”

Joy Hampton



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