Charles Gene Skinner was born at Ardmore, Oklahoma, to the late, Charles F. Skinner and Erbie McMullin Skinner, December 27, 1930. Gene grew up in Ardmore and graduated from Ardmore High School, the Class of 1949. He was a member of the AHS football team, at linebacker and guard. Gene passed away Monday, April 22, 2013, at his Ardmore residence.
Gene first enlisted in the U. S. Navy in 1949 and was discharged in 1950. He then entered the U. S. Air Force and began a 22 year career; serving two tours in Korea, a tour in England and a tour in France, Gene was a supply sergeant and computer room supervisor at Base Supply. For his service he was awarded the Air Force Expeditionary Medal, the Air Force Good Conduct Medal with one Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster, the Air Force Longevity Service Award with four Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters, the Good Conduct Medal with four Bronze Lanyards, the Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon; also the Korean, the United Nations and the National Defense Service Medals.
Following his retirement in 1970 he worked at the US Post Office and in insurance sales. A member of the Air Force Sergeants Association, the Disabled American Veterans; Gene enjoyed playing golf for many years. Of Baptist faith, Gene attended Emmanuel Baptist Church. After retirement he received two years of college credits through the Ardmore Higher Education Center.
His parents; wife, Peggy Alma; a son, Ronald W. Skinner; granddaughter, Kacie Hicks; two brothers and a sister have preceded him in death.
Survivors include a daughter, Evelyn Jeannine St Clair; and a son, Charles G. Skinner, Jr. of Ardmore; six grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Graveside rites will be at 1 p.m. Monday, April 29, 2013, at Hillcrest Memorial Park in Ardmore conducted by the Rev. Gene Foust; with full military honors provided by the U. S. Air Force.
A time of visitation and support for family and friends will be from 2 to 4 p.m. this afternoon at Harvey-Douglas Funeral Home.
Services have been entrusted to Harvey-Douglas Funeral Home, where condolences may be sent online at www.hdouglasfuneralhome.com.