Mr. Lonnie Gray Skinner, age 78 went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, October 26, 2011. He was a native of Bertie County. He was the son of the late Ioma Mae and Levy Gray Skinner. He was deacon and Sunday school teacher of Creech Memorial Baptist Church in Ahoskie. He showed continuous dedication and service to the Ahoskie Rescue Squad and Fire Department, serving as a volunteer for most of his life. Mr. Skinner was an area director of the NC Association of Rescue and EMS. Due to his excellent service he received the Paul Harris Award, the highest award given for dedicated service. This award was presented by the Ahoskie Rotary Club. Mr. Skinner on three occasions was presented the Governor’s Award for Volunteerism as well. He was a loving and compassionate family man that will be missed greatly. In his later years Mr. Skinner became a fixture in the area nursing homes, visiting and expressing his love for all the residents.
Survivors include his wife, Katherine Futrell Skinner of the home, two daughters, Karen S. Cole and her husband Joe of Jackson, NC and Joyce S. Harden and her husband Charles of Windsor, NC, two sons, Randy Skinner and his wife Cindy of Hertford, NC and Allen Skinner of Nashville, NC, one step daughter, Anita P Jones and her husband Michael of Murfreesboro, NC, one step son Robert C. Parker of Murfreesboro, NC. Also surviving are five grandchildren, Michelle Cole, Abbigail Gray Harden, Jessie Harden, Charles Harden and Elizabeth Gray Skinner and one step grandson Michael Jones.