Talmage Boyd Skinner Jr.
April 2, 1934 – May 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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
May 31, 2018
Kindest thoughts are with you, Beverly and Valerie, as you -- and those of us who loved Talmage -- now take time to consolidate a memory of our beloved Talmage. I feel especially blessed by having had my path cross that of your family many times -- first with Beverly back in Ninety Six at St. Paul's MYF, then again with Beverly and Talmage at St. Paul UMC, then still again at Wofford College, and occasionally in intervening years. Talmage gave all of us an example of a life-well-lived as pastor, counselor, and friend. I especially appreciate his kindnesses to my mother while he served as pastor in Ninety Six; he filled her later years with encouraging support as he and she worked within the parish and at several Annual Conferences. While we all now will miss Talmage, know that his legacy of love and service to others will be recalled by future generations as his church and Wofford families can remember his example and consider how to emulate his affectionate and supportive caring for others.
May 31, 2018
I shared a post today on Facebook that I wanted to share with Rev. Skinner's family:
I always loved this picture, partially because it was a time when I actually enjoyed going to annual conference. Despite the work, it was a time spent with friends and Rev. Skinner. Rev. Skinner was a great man. He helped guide many of us into ministry and supported our calling, even if our calling has now led some of us away from ministry. He was a friend to me and was my minister at the absolute lowest point in my life. He was also a friend to my family and celebrated with us during one family wedding. I spent many an hour in his office talking with him and Mrs. Pam while at wofford. They we're both two of the people I met first as a Bonner Scholar.( I can only imagine how happy Pam White was to welcome him home today.) I remember fondly communions in the chapel and smile when thinking of one particular time where a Hardee's biscuit was part of the elements because Rev. Skinner had forgotten the bread. A minister, a teacher, a preacher, a colleague, a mentor, a friend, and a chaplain. He was this and so very much more to so many of us. "Well done my good and faithful servant." Rest easy my friend, you will be missed. As long as the Wofford black and gold runs through my veins, you will never be forgotten!
May 31, 2018
Talmage Skinner was as much a part of Wofford College as Wofford is a part of me and all Wofford alumni. He was always a gentleman, unless someone insulted his Terriers - or if the officials made a bad call (especially when Wofford was playing PC).
When I served as Wofford's alumni director, Talmage launched a personal campaign to ensure that all Wofford students knew and respected the alma mater.
I really don't have adequate words to describe my friend Talmage. I only know that he loved Wofford College and all of her people, and I loved him for that! Rest In Peace, my friend.
Laura Thomson McCarty
May 31, 2018
I first met the Rev. Skinner as a friend of my father's, the late Henry M. Thomson Jr. They always enjoyed teasing each other, and it makes me smile to think about that.
When my sisters and I went to Wofford, he was always there, encouraging us and loving us. When Daddy died, he was the one my mother called to get us the news.
Much later, as an alumna, I enjoyed reading his blog "Musings from an Old Terrier".
My love to Mrs. Skinner, Valerie, and the rest of the family. The Terrier nation is mourning, but we know he's singing the alma mater in heaven.
May 31, 2018
Chaplain Skinner married Gail and I back in '93 at Buncombe Street United Methodist in Greenville SC. After going to a couple long weddings for friends I told him I wanted a Methodist wedding, straight from the book. It didn't last 10 minutes. Boom! He was always a bright light, and friendly face on the Wofford campus while I was in school.