Talmage Boyd Skinner Jr.

April 2, 1934May 31, 2018

The Reverend Dr. Talmage Boyd Skinner, Jr. was born April 2, 1934, in Anderson, South Carolina, to Talmage Boyd Skinner and Pauline Smith Skinner. He is a graduate of Boys High School in Anderson, South Carolina, and a 1956 graduate of Wofford College. He completed his Masters of Divinity in 1960 and a Masters of Christian Education in 1967 from Candler School of Theology at Emory University. He earned his Doctor of Ministry from Erskine Theological Seminary in 1995. Reverend Skinner served as a minister in the United Methodist Church in both South Carolina and Tennessee. He served as chaplain and taught religion at Spartanburg Methodist College for 10 years and was the Perkins-Prothro Chaplain and Professor of Religion at Wofford College from 1986 until his retirement in 2003. He continued teaching religion classes at Wofford for six years after retirement.

He was recognized with numerous awards including the A.V. Huff, Sr. Faculty Prize and the Outstanding Service Award from Spartanburg Methodist College. At Wofford, the Association of African American Students presented him with the Martin Luther King, Jr. Humanitarian Award and the Wofford Letterman’s Club recognized him as an Honorary Wofford Letterman. He and his wife Beverly received the 2005 Wofford College National Alumni Association Distinguished Service Award. Scholarships created in his honor include: The Class of 1990 Endowed Talmage Skinner Scholarship Fund and the Talmage Boyd Skinner ‘56 and Beverly Keadle Skinner Endowed Scholarship.

Music has always been an important part of his life. He sang in the Wofford Glee Club and Candler Choraliers as a student and continued to perform and sing in churches and other settings for many years.

He and his wife Beverly were married in 1958. The Skinners spent countless hours with students and actively participated in events at Wofford and Spartanburg Methodist College. In 2011, they left South Carolina to move to Raleigh to be near their daughter and her family.

In addition to his wife, Reverend Skinner is survived by his daughter, Valerie Skinner Hendricks, his son-in-law , Arthur (Artie) Hendricks, a granddaughter, Smith Appleby Hendricks, and a grandson Talmage Kirkwood (TK) Hendricks, all of Raleigh, North Carolina.

There will be a service on Wednesday, June 6, at 3:00 PM at Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church in Raleigh, North Carolina. Guests may greet the family following the service. A committal service will take place Friday, June 15 at 11:00am at St. John’s United Methodist Church Columbarium in Anderson, South Carolina. A memorial service will be held at Wofford College Leonard Auditorium on June 16 at 11:00am.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Talmage Boyd Skinner ‘56 and Beverly Keadle Skinner Endowed Scholarship Fund or The Class of 1990 Talmage Skinner Endowed Scholarship Fund at Wofford College, 429 N. Church Street, Spartanburg, SC 29303. Memorials may also be made to Spartanburg Methodist College, 1000 Powell Mill Road, Spartanburg, SC 29301.


  • Memorial Service Wednesday, June 6, 2018
  • Commital Service Friday, June 15, 2018
  • Memorial Service and Celebration of Life Saturday, June 16, 2018

Talmage Boyd Skinner Jr.

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June 13, 2018

Talmage Skinner had a passion for encouraging others. Good words he put in for me got me my first teaching job launching my 43-year career. At Spartanburg Methodist College, Talmage mentored and championed me. In his roles as teacher and chaplain, I saw firsthand how much students loved him and looked to him for life changing guidance. He made himself available for counseling and consoling 24/7 and no doubt, Talmage Skinner literally saved many students’ lives. I will always remember Talmage for his ready smiles, warm greetings, and infectious laughter. The world is much the richer for his having come our way. He is missed. He is remembered. May his family’s grief soon be displaced by memories of good times with their special husband, dad, and grand-dad. God’s richest blessings upon each of you.

Cliff Hammond

June 12, 2018

Dear Beverly & Valerie,
I grew up in Anderson,SC next door to the Skinners'on West North Ave. Talmage was the same age as my deceased older brother "Mac" Hammond. Talmage and Mac were my role models growing up. The importance of those two guys for me was something to behold.
I just learned of Talmages transition from a Wofford College Alum , Phil Adams, with whom I worked with many years ago. Beverly, I remember your marriage to Talmage and Valerie's birth.
My most reverent thoughts and prayers are with you and Valerie and families during this time of grief and celebration.
God be with you all !
Peace & Love!
Cliff & Mary Anne Hammond

Marvin Beach

June 6, 2018

I had Dr. Skinner for a class in religion in the early 1970's at Spartanburg Junior College. I learned a lot in his class, and thought highly of him. He was a man that was pleasant to be around. He certainly had a distinguished career. I recall him preaching at Jacksons Grove United Methodist Church a few years back. He let me take a photo of him and his wife, Beverly, after the service. I sent him a copy and also a photo of the church. I will always treasure this picture and my memories of him. Thanks Talmadge for a job well done. May you rest in peace.

Hannah B. Gantt

June 5, 2018

I was so heartbroken to read this in the Index Journal today. Such a dear and precious man. He would say the prayer at Ninety Six High School before the football game began. Prayers for peace and comfort.

Jack Nichols

June 4, 2018

I am very sorry to hear of Rev. Skinner's death, but there is great joy in knowing he served a risen Savior who is Jesus Christ our lord. During my time at Wofford, Rev. Skinner was a constant source of joy and inspiration as he ministered to our football team and as he led chapel and Sunday morning services in Leonard Auditorium every week. He was consistent in his faith and always present for the students. His example showed how much he cared about his beloved alma mater and its students. He will be missed but not forgotten.

Susan Dunlap

June 4, 2018

Beverly - Mary Willis and I wanted to send all our love to you. You and your husband have been part of our family since Ike and Sara Long "adopted" you both back in Piedmont, SC. Mary wanted to make sure you knew that she loves you both. - Susan Willis Dunlap

Rosemary Herlong

June 2, 2018

So sorry to hear of your loss. Rev. Skinner helped me through a difficult time in my life when he was the Pastor in Ninety Six. He told me one thing that I have remembered and repeated many times to others, "You have to forgive yourself". I wish I'd known he lived in Raleigh - I'd have taken the time to come see him. I lived in the Raleigh area for many years and now live an hour away. I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers as you go through this time of grief.

Bob Couch

June 1, 2018

I was sorry to hear about the passing of Talmage. I treasure our years together at SMC and have many fond memories. Faith who passed away in December 2017, often spoke of our times together. My prayers will be with you, Valerie and her family. May the great memories you shared as a family bring comfort to you now.

Joanna Varnadoe

June 1, 2018

Talmage was truly a special person that enriched the lives of everyone he met May God keep you close during this time of sorrow

Forrest White

June 1, 2018

Loved this man and will forever be thankful for him and his profound influence on me. He baptized my son, Austin, at a worship service in Old Main in the fall of 1995. I am so glad I wrote him a lengthy letter last spring and then got to chat with him. Also glad to have saved a voicemail he left for me. I am saddened over the death of his body and for our loss, but I believe that booming voice of his is now singing with the angels. Thank you, Chaplain Skinner, my friend. I am forever better because of you.