James "Gavin" Skinner

January 16, 2004March 30, 2021

James Gavin Skinner passed away suddenly on March 30, 2021. Gavin was born on Jan. 16, 2004 in Mobile, AL and was a sophomore at Saraland High School.

He is preceded in death by his father James (Jimmy) Nathaniel Skinner and his paternal grandfather James (Jim) Monroe Skinner, Jr.

He is survived by his loving mother Suzanne Skinner, sisters Anna Grace and Molly, and grandparents Nancy Peoples and Charles and Sharon Erwin.

Gavin enjoyed playing soccer and spending time with his friends whether it was riding 4-wheelers or cruising the river.

Visitation will be at Radney Funeral Home in Saraland on Saturday, April 3, 2021 from 12:00-2:00 with graveside services immediately following at Mauvilla Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, his mother requests donations be made to the Food Bank Ministry of Bayou Sara (Bayou Sara Baptist Church) or Destination Church Youth Group in Gavin’s memory.

Condolences may be offered at


  • Suzanne Skinner, Loving Mother
  • Anna Grace Skinner, Sister
  • Molly Skinner, Sister
  • Nancy Peoples, Grandmother
  • Charles and Sharon Erwin, Grandparents
  • James (Jimmy) Nathaniel Skinner, Father (deceased)
  • James (Jim) Monroe Skinner, Grandfather (deceased)


  • Visitation

    Saturday, April 3, 2021

  • Graveside Service

    Saturday, April 3, 2021


James "Gavin" Skinner

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Sarah English

April 3, 2021

Gavin was always a happy person and trying to make someone smile. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Gods got his hand on Gavin and your family. Stay strong!!

Camae gray

April 2, 2021

To Suzanne , Molly , and Anna Grace ... there are no words that can fill a void that you must be feeling , my family loves your family and I'm sorry that we are grieving another family member take comfort in knowing that your Dad is watching over him right now . We love you guys with all our hearts , Gavin was such a good person with an old man's soul he always made us laugh , he was respectful and he helped Brody grow up right before us and for that and the memories we were just sharing last night about our first 4th of July together we will always be grateful to him for that , we love you guys and may god bless and look over you and the girls during this difficult time.

Ansleigh Tew

April 2, 2021

Gavin was such a great guy im greatly devastated by this all and i hope the family is doing okay gavin nobody will ever forget you its hard for alot of people around the school we miss you prayers for skinner family ❤️

Michelle Acton

April 2, 2021

Suzanne, AnnaGrace, and my sweet Molly-
I am so sorry for your loss of Gavin! Please know that we are praying for you that the Peace and Grace that passes all
Understanding will cover you in the days to come. Lean in to Him to comfort you. Gavin was such a sweet kid - Hallie and I have fond memories of him during our time in Mobile. Please reach out for anything you need!
Love you all,
Michelle Acton

Daelynn Copeland

April 1, 2021

He was always in a good mood. He was just a great person to be around. Everyone will dearly miss someone as great as him. It’ll take over a lifetime to get over this. I hope everyone close and family stays strong. He’s better he’s safe. It’s not fair. But he’s happy. Rest easy gav. prayers to everyone during this hard time 🤍 be safe

breanna phillips

April 1, 2021

Gavin was one of the most heartfelt people I knew. He could put a smile on anybody’s face no matter what had happened. Gavins death is taking a toll on everybody in the school and around the community. I hope everybody around Gavin is getting through this. We had some of the best memories together. I will continue to keep the Skinner family in my prayers!!

Krystal Pineda

April 1, 2021

Im so sorry for yall's lost. Gavin was the friendliest person i knew and he always had a smile on his face. Me and my family will be praying for your family and friends.

Aleyah Mitchell

April 1, 2021

Gavin was an amazing person , he didn't deserve to leave this world so early , tomorrow is never promised but we all know he's looking down on us !

brandice stephenson

April 1, 2021

You guys are in my prayers ! Love you all 💗

Melanie Forbes

March 31, 2021

To the family of Gavin, it absolutely breaks my heart to know the sorrow that so many have right now from this tragic loss. I know I can't take any of that pain away, but I will continue to pray for all of you, and I will continue to trust God's plan. Even though Gavin was only with you for a short time, he left a million memories that will last forever. I am so thankful that I was able to spend some time with him last year and get to know his fun and energetic spirit. He was so kind to me and only used the best manners while I was around him. But I will never forget that he ate the "special" cake without knowing it was for my Birthday. We all got such a great laugh from that, and it is a special memory that I will always have of him. I know it will be difficult right now, but try to celebrate the brighter days, and treasure those precious moments you had with him. You are surrounded by many who love you and will do anything to help you. So please stay strong and keep your faith. Proverbs 3:5 "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding"

I love you all,
Melanie Forbes