Jewell Skinner, 86, of Richmond Hill, died Saturday, June 30, 2012. Mrs. Skinner was born May 30, 1926 in Appling County to the late Henry Chester Hardwick and the late Margaret Rebecca Willoughby Hardwick. She was the wife of the late John Brotus “J. B.” Skinner for 26 years. Jewell was a member of Asbury United Methodist Church. She will be remembered for her love of family and friends as well as many others who touched her life. Her daily prayers were lifted to heaven for others and will be remembered by many. Jewell was devoted to reading and studying God’s word and was always ready to share him and his love with His people. Mrs. Skinner’s home for the last five and half years was at Bryan County Health and Rehab Center in Richmond Hill, where she died at the age of 86. The first 80 years of her life was lived in Baxley, which she considered to still be her home. Mrs. Skinner was devoted to her entire family from the oldest to the youngest. She was an avid cook and was instrumental in writing a family cookbook to carry on her legacy of excellent cooking for family and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband, John Brotus “J. B.” Skinner, who died in 1982.
Survivors include three daughters, Donna Jean and Robert Pecenka of Richmond Hill, Margarleen and Al Spencer of Acworth and Jeannie and Danny Sikes of Baxley; one son, John Royce and Debbie Skinner of Richmond Hill; six grandchildren, Lynn Pecenka (Jeffery) Cabrol, Joe (Julie) Pecenka, Robert (Lisa) Miller, Brianna Skinner Brown, Derek Skinner and Daniel (Grier) Sikes; 10 great-grandchildren, Cameron, Caleb and Caylee Brown, Robbie and Josh Pecenka, Lauren Cabrol, Megan Miller, Amanda Miller, and John Evans and Nolan Sikes and a host of nieces and nephews also survive.
Funeral services for Jewell Skinner were held at 4:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 3 at Asbury United Methodist Church with the Revs. Mike Brown and Pat Skinner officiating. Eulogy was given by Kelvin Skinner. Interment followed in church cemetery.
Active pallbearers were William Courson, Loyal Murphy, Monroe Crosby, David McLeighton, Bill Stone, Ricky Skinner and Chester Mims.
Honorary pallbearers were Adult Sunday-School class of Asbury Methodist Church.
Remembrances may be made to Asbury United Methodist Church Cemetery Fund, 3423 Asbury Church Road, Baxley, GA 31513.
Musical selections were rendered by Julie Pecenka and Debra Youmans.
Arrangements were under the direction of Swain Funeral Home.