CPL J. S. Skinner, Nashville, Georgia
J. S. Skinner, son of John A. and Lula Stone Skinner was born June 18, 1928, in Lanier County. The family lived in Lanier and Berrien counties. His father was a share cropper. He had four brothers and one sister. At age 16 his mother passed away forcing to have to quit school to help his father farm. He later went to work for New Ideal Sprayer shop in Nashville, staying with his uncle Mark Stone.
At 20 he was inducted into active service in Columbus, Georgia, in 1948 spent time in Ft. Jackson, South Carolina, then on to Camp Hood, Texas, where he served eight weeks in mechanic automotive. His first separation was in 1949 but he was shortly called back in where he was sent to Ft. Benning, Georgia. His unit was the 14th Armed Field Artillery, and he drove a light truck and a bus taking soldiers into town and back. In 1950 a Trailways bus hit his car and put him in the hospital for about two months. He was separated from the U. S. Army Hospital, Ft. Benning, Georgia on February 1, 1951.
After getting out of the service, he married Betty Earwood and they moved to Nashville, Georgia. He was honorably discharged on June 5, 1951. Their first son, Johnny, was born in 1952. J. S. Skinner worked back at New Ideal Sprayer shop. In 1955 their second son, Donnie was born.
He went to work with Mutual of Omaha Insurance Company, where he became district manager for ten counties. He later went to work at Nashville Mills. J. S. and his wife divorced.
He met Wylene Jordan and they moved to Ft. Pierce, Florida, and were married in 1974. They worked at a plastic pipe fitting factory for five years, then they came back to Nashville in 1979, bought twenty acres and built a house.
In 1980 J. S. had a heart attack and for ten years he was not able to do very much. In 1990 he had another heart attack. He had to have heart surgery in 1996. He had other problems including congestive heart failure. He enjoyed fishing with his wife and two step-daughters and two preacher friends. He did this until about the last year and a half of his life.
His heart and kidneys got weaker as days went by. He went in the hospital on September 11, 2007, with fluid that they couldn't get off. He passed away on September 15, 2007, and is buried at Empire cemetery in Lanier County in a plot fixed for him and his wife, Wylene, of thirty-four happy years. She still lives in the house they built.