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William "Grandpa" Skinner

Died: Fri., May 11, 2012

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STEVENSVILLE - William A. "Grandpa" Skinner, 86, of Stevensville, passed away at his home on Friday, May 11, 2012, from natural causes under the care of hospice. He was born June 14, 1925, at Clarendon, Ark., to Earl and Nona Nally Skinner.

He received his GED before entering the Navy Sea Bees to serve in World War II as an underwater demolition and construction specialist. He attained the rank of machinist's mate third class before his honorable discharge. While in the service, he saw lots of action being stationed in New Guinea and took part in the American-area Philippines liberation and was awarded the World War II victory medal.

In 1945, he married Effie Simmons but that marriage ended in a divorce in 1965. He married the love of his life Faye Huff on March 16, 1967, in Little Rock, Ark. He worked for Tyson foods as a shop manager and diesel mechanic and retired form them in 1993, at which time he and wife Faye moved to Stevensville to be close to ex-son-in-law, Mickey Morton, and daughter Brenda Morton, and grandchildren Karren and Steven Morton.

In 1997 after his wife Faye's death, he moved in with daughter Brenda, where he lived until his death surrounded by loving family. The family was fortunate enough to capture a five-generation picture on May 10, 2012, with his newest great great-grandchild, Alexander who was born on May 9, 2012.

He loved fishing and hunting, was a longtime Lions Club member, National Rifle Association member, avid Republican, and loved to play poker at High Country Saloon in Stevensville, and was known to be a "poker shark" when playing with the boys and all the girls loved him.

He was preceded in death by his parents and wife Faye. He his survived by daughters, Brenda Morton of Stevensville, Dian Gordon of Oregon, Gail Champagne of Idaho, Carolyn Skinner, Stacy Hill and Kelley McDaniel in Arkansas, along with many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to Marcus Daly Hospice Care or American Cancer Society. Cremation has taken place and no services are planned at this time. Arrangements and care under the direction of Whitesitt Funeral Home and cremation service

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