OBITUARY

Richard H. Skinner

January 6, 1930July 2, 2019

Richard H. Skinner, age 89 , born in Tulsa, OK, was called to his creator on Tuesday, the 2nd of July 2019, surrounded by his loved ones.

Richard attended North Texas State University and South Texas Law School. He was a man of many talents and passions. He enjoyed spending time with his family in The Grand Teton National Park, his Albemarle Farm and Colonial Williamsburg.

Richard had a distinguished career as a partner at Arthur Andersen and president of First Mortgage of Texas. He sat on the board of many foundations.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Burnice Jack Skinner and Maple Inez Ditto Skinner and brothers, Dr. Samuel Joseph Skinner and Jack Ditto Skinner.

Richard “Grandfather” is survived by his loving wife, Gloria H. Skinner, and his children, S. Lynne Skinner, Richard H. Skinner, II, and his wife Sherry, Robert S. Skinner and Amy S. Hammond. He is also survived by 10 grandchildren, Richard H. Skinner, III and his wife, Lisa, Jacquelyn Skinner Compton and her husband, Mark, Adam Skinner and his wife, Jaylyn, Suzanne Elizabeth Skinner, Katherine Skinner Stalcup and her husband, Mark, Charles Stewart Skinner, Virginia Skinner Harris and her husband, Russell, Brittney Elizabeth Hammond, William Wyatt Hammond and John Ryder Hammond. He also has 6 great- grandchildren, Aubrey and Henson Compton, Luke Skinner, Zoe and Seb Skinner and Madeline Stalcup. The family would like to thank Dr. James L. Pool for his steadfast care. Also, a special thanks to Nyra Cantu and Glenda Ahmed for their love and care of our father. He is beloved by many.

Friends are cordially invited to a visitation with the family from five o’clock in the afternoon until seven o’clock in the evening on Wednesday, the 10th of July, in the library and grand foyer of Geo. H. Lewis & Sons, 1010 Bering Drive in Houston.

A memorial service is to be conducted at one o’clock in the afternoon on Thursday, the 11th of July, in the chapel of The Church of St. John the Divine, 2450 River Oaks Boulevard in Houston, where The Rev. Reagan Cocke, Senior Associate Pastor, is to officiate. Immediately following, all are invited to greet the family during a reception to be held in the adjacent Sumners Hall.

Prior to the service, the family will have gathered for a private interment at Glenwood Cemetery.

In lieu of customary remembrances, memorial contributions may be directed to Baylor College of Medicine, mailed to the Comprehensive Health Care Clinic, c/o Office of Institutional Advancement, MSC#800, P.O. Box 4976, Houston, TX 77210 (www.BCM.EDU/Giving); or to The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, Post Office Box 1776, Williamsburg, VA 23187-9910.

Services

  • Visitation Wednesday, July 10, 2019
  • Memorial Service Thursday, July 11, 2019

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Jane Baird

July 10, 2019

The Skinner family and the Baird family have known each other since we were neighbors on Emerson Street in the 1950s. I remember our fathers laughing together, our mothers in long talks, and we children playing together. Years later, my mother would share stories about Gloria’s wisdom and about things that Dick had said. I have memories over the decades of what a fine man Richard Skinner was, his intelligence and sense of humour, even though I have seen him and Gloria only rarely since I moved to London. He was a fine photographer; on the wall of my bedroom is a photo he took of my parents years ago and then gave me after they died. The Skinner family gave us sympathy when my parents died. We turned to them for advice and for Lynne’s help in selling our family house on Emerson. They will always have a place in my heart. My condolences go out to them for their loss.

Jacquelyn Compton

July 9, 2019

Oh Grandfather, the stories we have thanks to you! You were just the best. Thank you for being our rock and now thank you for being our angel. We love you forever and always!

Kenneth Henson

July 7, 2019

I am so sorry for your loss.

Lisa Byrd

July 6, 2019

It was with great sorrow that I heard of Uncle Dick's passing. He was truly the patriarch of our extended family and his legacy of kindness will live on in the hears of all of his nieces, nephews, grand nieces and grand nephews. I learned to put family first from our Uncle Dick and will be forever grateful for the love, kindness and support we received throughout the years and in our times of loss. To Aunt Gloria and our cousins, Lynn, Richard, Robert and Amy and their families, we send our love and hope for peace and comfort at this most difficult time.
With love and respect, Lisa, Len, Kevin and Alex

Stephen Skinner

July 5, 2019

I was so sad to hear of Uncle Dick's passing. For literally my whole life he has shown nothing but kindness, support and love to me and my family. I can never thank him or Aunt Gloria enough for all the love and support they have shown through the years. They have taught me so much of what family is all about. I can never express in words my sincere thanks and my deep abiding gratitude to them and the deep sense of loss I feel at Uncle Dick's passing. There are just too many memories to express here but I will always cherish them. How can I forget the great times at the lake house, the Christmas eve parties or the ranch just to touch on a few. You are and always have been and always will be someone I respected and looked up to and will be greatly missed. Rest in peace. My heart goes out to Aunt Gloria, my cousins and the entire family at your loss.

Ann Waggener

July 4, 2019

My heart is so heavy to learn that Uncle Dick has passed away. I know he is at peace now and joining his family in Heaven to celebrate eternal. My thoughts and prayers are with you, Aunt Gloria, and all of my cousins. Much love, Ann