OBITUARY

Charles Allen Skelton

October 7, 1946October 16, 2021

Charles Allen Skelton, age 75, went to heaven on October 16,2021. He was married to Sandra Paulette Hardin-Skelton (Sandy) for 54 beloved years.

Charlie was born on Monday, October 7th,1946 in Atlanta, TX to James Oren and Annie Louise Skelton. He was the 2nd of 5 siblings. He is preceded in death by his sister Kay, and brother James “Jimmy” Skelton. He is survived by his sister’s Bylinda, Vicki, and Jan.

Charlie and Sandy were blessed with a son, Charles Allen Skelton Jr. better known as Butch, and his wife and their “daughter-in-love” Jamie Skelton. They are affectionately known as Nana and Papa to 2 incredible grandchildren, Halle Elizabeth age 20, and Brendon Slade age 18. Both grandkids attend Texas A&M University, and their Papa is the most proud Aggie Granddad you will ever meet.

Charlie and Sandy’s marriage has always had Christ at the center. During good times and bad they would draw upon God’s promises and find a greater joy and fulfillment in his ever-loving presence.

Charlie impacted so many lives during his 75 years. He had a generous heart, a genuine love for others, and an unparalleled sense of humor. His family and friends can attest to his playfulness and constant shenanigans. His heart was young and he had a joyous personality.

As a young man he joined the United States Air force in 1966. It was there that Sandy caught his eye at a USO event at Chanute Air Force Base in Champaign Illinois. They were married 5 months later on August 3rd 1968. Charlie honorably served his country with 2 tours in Vietnam. He attained the rank of Staff Sargent before receiving an honorable discharge in 1972. Butch was born during this time on October 29th, 1970 on the military base in Minot, North Dakota.

After discharge Charlie resumed civilian life working for the General Telephone & Electronics Corporation, better known as GTE. Using skills acquired in the service, Charlie traveled the United States installing telephone systems. They settled in Brownwood, TX where they raised Butch as a loud and proud Brownwood Lion. Charlie attended Howard Payne University receiving an associate’s degree during his time employed at GTE.

In 1999 he happily retired and began a new adventure on the road living the RV life. Charlie and Sandy travelled full time with their best friends Beverly and Silas Berry. They explored this great country making memories that will last a lifetime.

Charlie’s walk with Jesus was a fundamental element of his life. He was a member of the Justin 1st Baptist Church until he and Sandy moved to Decatur, TX. Where they joined Cornerstone Church. They were both very active in their church home. Charlie just recently went on a mission trip to Chile. He was an inspiration with his faith, and loyal with his friendships. He was always willing to lend a helping hand in whatever capacity he was needed. Charlie was truly a jack-of-all-trades.

He will be missed by the countless people whose lives he touched. Today his faith has been perfected as he has risen in power through the love and grace of his Lord Jesus Christ. To those in Christ we have the assurance that we will see him again soon and very soon.

Services

  • Celebration of Life

    Friday, October 22, 2021

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Sandra Skelton

October 24, 2021

Charlie ,I’m going to miss you so much!! You were a great husband, dad and papa. You loved God with all your heart and it showed in the way you liked to make others laugh and the hugs you gave. I love you

Janet Mctague

October 22, 2021

That was a beautiful service in honor of Charlie. I feel very blessed to have shared my life with Charlie and Sandy. Thank you Charlie for being the most special loving husband, father, father-in-law and Papa to such a beautiful family. What an honor and privilege it has been to be a part of that. So grateful to have been able to share the service with everyone. I love you family. Charlie will never be forgotten. Happy homecoming in heaven Charlie.

Ted and Lorena Keck

October 20, 2021

Dear Sandy,
We want you to know how much we love you and Charlie. You were always so bubbly and fun.
Lots of great memories: Wednesday dinners at Mom's; Charlie's working with us to fix our house when we didn't know carpentry. You were so faithful in attending Bible studies on Wednesdays which was an encouragement.
We really missed you when you moved and changed churches.
Our prayer now is that Jesus will give you his peace, comfort and a big hug of love. Sorry we could not make it to the funeral, but we love you.

Sonia Dykhuizen

October 20, 2021

Sandy and Charlie were mom and dad’s best friends and our adopted aunt and uncle. The memories shared over many years are a treasure for which we will always be grateful. Charlie taught me a lot about how to get a good deal, especially at garage sales. Sandy always said we don’t need anything but Charlie never failed to find a treasure he couldn’t live without.
I will always remember Charlies’s fun sense of humor and determination to never give up. It was a blessing to get to be of support to Charlie, Sandy and family during Charlie’s final days.

Love you always!

SILAS BERRY

October 19, 2021

Charlie went to heaven a few days ago. It was an honor for me to be with Sandy and Charlie as he transitioned to eternity with Jesus. It's hard to lose your best friend, but I take comfort in the wonderful memories we had as RV buddies. I have a neverending supply of Charlie Sayings. One of my favorites was "It makes a lot of sense if you don't really think about it" (Usually in response to Government red tape or Politics) Another that he was known for after touring another museum I wanted to see was " well we got that over with)
I'll miss you Charlie but but take comfort that you're with Bev telling your corny jokes or jumping out to give her a scare her. RiP Charlie.
Your Friend Silas