Charles E. "Skid" Skidmore

July 23, 1926February 23, 2013

Charles E. “Skid” Skidmore, age 86, of Kingsport, entered into his Heavenly home on Saturday, February 23, 2013, at his residence with his family by his side. Skid was born in Pennington Gap, Virginia on July 23, 1926 to the late Ewell and Ethel Skidmore. Other than his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Louise Glover Skidmore in 1987 and a brother Vaughn Skidmore. Mr. Skidmore was a member of the First Baptist Church of Kingsport and attended First Broad Street Methodist Church. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving in World War II. Skid was employed at Holston Defense for 39 years prior to retiring to enjoy golf and traveling. Survivors include his wife, Mary Frances Skidmore, sister, Georgia Bell of Laurel, Maryland; two step daughters: Gay Gillis and husband Jerry of Kingsport and Jill Lane of Sevierville; granddaughters: Ashley Gillis Winstead and husband Josh, Justin Gillis, Emily Lane and Will Lane; great-granddaughter, Ella Winstead, and special friend, Oscar Alvis. The family will receive friends on Tuesday, February 26, 2013 from 11:00 a.m. until noon in the chapel of East Lawn Funeral Home. A Celebration of Life Service will follow at 12:00 p.m. with Pastor Will Lauderback, officiating. Music will be provided by Emily Lane and Richie Dean. Burial will follow in East Lawn Memorial Park. Pallbearers will be Justin Gillis, Will Lane, Josh Winstead and Wayne Kite. Honorary pallbearers will be the Fort Henry Arms Men’s Breakfast Group. Memorial contributions may be made to First Broad Street Methodist Church of Kingsport. Please visit to leave a condolence for the family. East Lawn Funeral Home and Memorial Park is in charge of the arrangements and is honored to serve the Skidmore family.


  • Celebration of Life Tuesday, February 26, 2013

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Howard Frazier

February 26, 2013

Sending thoughts and prayers to the family of Skid.
May God give you comfort and strength during this difficult time.

Howard "Mooneye" Frazier
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Dennis Beamer

February 26, 2013

I had the pleasure of meeting Skid many years ago, he always was a kind and gentle man with a wonderful smile, he will be greatly missed by his friends and family. "to live in the hearts we leave behind is not to die" Gods blessings on all of the family.

Tom Sherman

February 26, 2013

Deepest sympathy is extended to "Skids" family. He was a true gentleman in every sense of the word. I enjoyed listening to his stories and just conversing about "the good old days."

He will be missed by his friends who came to rely on his sense of humor to brighten their day. He will always remain, one of a kind in my memory.

February 26, 2013

Frances, Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. We feel fortunate to have known Skid. Grady and Nelda Church

Emily Lane

February 25, 2013


You may have been a "step-grandfather," but you were a grandfather to me and always will be. I'll never forget your western shows, your smile, or your laugh. Thanks for your help through all the years. And thanks for loving Mamaw so much. She's the best.

Love it, Skid.

Nancy Reece

February 25, 2013

I had the pleasure of working with Skid for several years at Holston Defense Corporation. His sense of humor has left me smiling throughout the years since we left work as I recalled little things he said and did. My deepest sympathy to his family and loved ones. I truly hope that all the memories and traditions that have accumulated through the years will sustain you now, and in time to come. And may our Heavenly Father, in His infinite wisdom, provide you comfort during this difficult time of bereavement. My husband, Larry, and I shall keep each of you in our hearts and prayers.

Larry and Nancy (Suttle) Reece

Johnny Kelley

February 25, 2013

My heart was very sadden to read of Skid's passing. I have known him for the bigger part of my life. He had one of the kindest and most generous hearts of anyone I have ever known. He will be dearly missed and I consider it an honor to call him my friend.