Geo. H. Lewis & Sons Funeral Directors

1010 Bering Drive, Houston, TX


Lawrence N. Skipper

November 19, 1932August 26, 2020

Lawrence Noble Skipper, Jr., longtime resident of Houston, passed away at his home on Wednesday, the 26th of August 2020.

Two words described Lawrence Skipper – “HONESTY & INTEGRITY.” Born in Longview, Texas, on the 19th of November 1932, Lawrence was a graduate of the 1949 class of Longview High School. He then attended Kemper Military School, and graduated from Southern Methodist University in 1953. While attending SMU, he was a member of the Air Force ROTC obtaining the rank of Cadet Colonel and received his commission in the U. S. Air Force at graduation. Lawrence graduated from Jet Fighter School in Laredo, Texas, in 1954 and served an additional two-year tour of active duty at Hickam Air Force Base in Honolulu, Hawaii.

In 1957 he returned to Longview where he spent seven years in the family insurance business. He moved to Houston in January of 1964 and became an employee of the Overhead Door Company of Houston, moving from salesman to branch manager, to National Sales Manager of Overhead Door Corporation. In 1972 he became the owner of Overhead Door Company of Houston, and in 1985 the owner of Overhead Door Company of Dallas-Commercial. In all, he spent over 42 years with Overhead Door, finally selling his companies in 2006 and retiring from daily active business.

Lawrence was a lifetime member of “The Society for Leading Medicine” at the Houston Methodist Hospital. An oncology family room in the new Walter Tower was named in Joan and Lawrence’s honor. Lawrence was also a Lifetime member at the Lone Star Flight Museum.

Prior to retirement, Lawrence and his wife Joan were fortunate to be able to travel extensively. They cruised the Atlantic, the Mediterranean, the Aegean Sea, and visited many European countries. Their favorite was Athens, which they visited numerous times. Their primary passions were train rides, and cruising oceans and rivers. They also loved hunting in Texas, as well as fishing in Alaska, Canada, and Texas.

After retirement at the age of 74, he and Joan continued to live an active life as residents of the Sandalwood neighborhood off Memorial Drive in Houston

In his later years, he was grateful to be able to reflect every day with satisfaction of an honorable life.

Lawrence accomplished much in both professional and personal aspects of his life. He built a successful business, he was generous, and he enjoyed life with his magnificent love, Joanie.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Lawrence and Laura Skipper; and his son, from previous marriage, Christopher M. Skipper. He is survived by the love of his life, his partner, pal, hunting and fishing buddy, traveling companion, and wife of 36 years, Joan Bradley Skipper; his son from previous marriage, Samuel M. Skipper; and granddaughter, Sailor Skipper.

A memorial service is to be conducted at one o'clock in the afternoon on Saturday, the 26th of September, in the Jasek Chapel of Geo H Lewis & Sons, 1010 Bering Drive in Houston. Those who are unable to attend will be able to access the service by selecting the "Join Livestream" icon in the "Livestream Service" box below.

In lieu of customary remembrances, memorial contributions may be directed to Lone Star Flight Museum, 11551 Aerospace Ave., Houston, TX, 77034. (LSFM.org). The direct link may be accessed below.


26 September

A Memorial Service

1:00 pm

Geo. H. Lewis & Sons Funeral Directors

The Jasek Chapel

1010 Bering Drive
Houston, Texas 77057


Lawrence N. Skipper

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Becky & Russ Andress

September 24, 2020

I have such fond memories sitting on your back patio with you and Lawrence and watching him throw tennis balls down into the woods and the dogs tirelessly retrieving them!
Those were fun times!
Becky and Russ Andress

Ron Johnson

August 30, 2020

Dear Joan
So very sorry to hear about Skipper,he did so much to help me in my younger years after Vietnam and never forgot the help when I started a new business I know what you meant to him and how much he loved you.
I hope you will consider interning him a the veteran cemetery with the warriors he served with you are able to be with him when it’s your time.its no cost to Veterans and he will get a Airforce ceremony.
He touched so many peoples lives.
Love you
Johnson family

Nicole Abraham

August 30, 2020

Hi Joan
My family & I are sorry for your loss. We shared a lot of great memories at Overhead Door with you both. Mr. Skipper was a great a man & boss. He will be missed. The best memory is the OHD picnics & when he invited us to your home for a barbecue! May God give you strength.
Please know we are praying for you.
Tim & Nicole
The Abraham Family

Martha Howard

August 30, 2020

Hello Joan,
Please accept our condolences for the loss of Mr Skipper. He was such an amazing man . Never a dull moment with him. We made so many memories while you both owned Overhead Door Co of Houston. (Sure do miss the good old days.) I know that he is in the kingdom with our Heavenly Father.
Joan please know that we are here for you we are a phone call away.
Love you,
Ken and Martha Howard

Alan Markoff

August 30, 2020

To the entire Skipper family, and especially to Joan:
Lawrence was one of my very first patients in the early 1970’s, and remained with me until retirement in 1998. He was a gem of a person, and taught me so much; all of which I remember to this day. I always considered him a close friend, and am deeply saddened by his passing. And, even though I have not seen him over the last few years, the world seems a sadder place without him.
To Joan: If there is anything at all that I can do for you, do not hestitate to call me (832) 721-2424, text, or email me. You have always been one of my favorite people! ❤️❤️Alan


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