NORMAN — Curtis Leonard Skinner died on Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013, in Norman. He was born on Aug. 22, 1923, near Joplin, Mo., to Elmer Curtis and Olga Woodall Skinner.
When he started school near Seminole and was asked his name, he replied, “Billy.” He has been “Billy” or “Bill” ever since. He graduated from Humphreys High School near Altus in 1942 and enjoyed going back to all-school reunions.
Bill married Wina Jean Rogers on Nov. 23, 1942. They celebrated 70 years of marriage last November. He was drafted in 1945 and served in the U.S. Navy.
Bill worked at the Humphreys Co-op Gin for many years while farming wheat, cotton, hay and raising cattle. He farmed for many more years while working at the Southwest Rural Electric Cooperative in Tipton.
Following their move to Norman in 1985, he worked for and retired from the Oklahoma Electric Cooperative. Throughout this time, he was active in the Humphreys Baptist Church, First Baptist of Tipton and Alameda Baptist in Norman, serving as a deacon and in many other capacities. Bill was ordained a deacon at Humphreys on July 14, 1957.
He enjoyed sports, playing and watching golf, bowling, dominoes and spades. Since his retirement, he has used his farming skills on his yard and rose bushes. Despite pleadings by his family, he continued to mow his own lawn, including two days before he broke his hip this month.
He was preceded in death by his parents, E.C. and Olga; his brothers Joel, Richard and Bobby; his sisters Edith and Julia; his sister-in-law, Sue Wallace; his son-in-law, Donald Hill; and his grandson, Kristofor Reed.
He is survived by his wife, Jean; son, Curtis and wife Alexis of Mesa, Ariz.; daughter, Donna Skinner Reed of Arvada, Colo.; daughter, Janice Hill of Norman; daughter, Debra Skinner of Norman; grandchildren Curt Skinner and partner Josh Gutierrez, Joel Skinner and wife Rebecca McNaughton and daughter Coralynn, Jay Hill and wife Amy, Billy Hill and wife Carin and sons Benjamin and Eli, Weslynn Reed and husband Dennis Rice and children Aiden, Kandis and Kallie, and Julie Skinner Manegold and husband David Manegold; his brothers Jack Skinner and wife Lee and Pat Skinner and wife Norma; his sisters-in-law Glena Selby and Lucretia DeVore and husband Ted; and numerous other nieces, nephews, family and friends, including his McDonald’s coffee group.
Memorial services will be 2 p.m. Thursday at Alameda Baptist Church in Norman.
Memorials may be made to the Building and Grounds Fund of Alameda Baptist Church.
Cremation is through John M. Ireland Funeral Home.
Norman Transcript, Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013