Mr. William Bruce Skidmore age 94 of Sardis, TN, formerly of Harlan, KY, passed away Tuesday, July 13, 2021, in Humboldt, TN.
Bruce was born July 8, 1927, in Harlan County KY to the late Silas and Ruth Skidmore. He attended Loyal High School, then entered the military at age 14, and was soon on the ship Queen Mary. He served for two years and was sent back home when the Army found out he was only 16. Bruce was a lifetime member of the VFW Post #4971, a member of American Legion Post #243, the Masonic Lodge #504 East Lodge Chattanooga, the Shrine of East Louis, IL and the Scottish Rite in Valley of Southern IL. He was an Honorary retired member of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Chauffeurs, Warehousemen, and Helpers of America. He drove for Darling and then Roadway, from which he retired. He married Lorene Saylor on April 2, 1944. Lorene preceded him in death on October 15, 2016, after 72 years of marriage.
Those left to celebrate his life are his sons: William Bruce Skidmore, Jr. and wife Linda of Sardis, TN, Bill O’Dell and wife Elizabeth of Naples, FL; six grandchildren; sixteen great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
Besides his parents, Mr. Skidmore was preceded in death by his wife: Lorene, four brothers, and two sisters.
Visitation for William Bruce Skidmore will be Sunday, July 18, 2021, from 1pm until time for the celebration of life service at 2pm at the Marvin E. Owens Home for Funerals, with Bro. Randal Adams officiating. Burial will follow in the Saylor Cemetery.
Condolences may be made at www.marvineowensfuneralhome.com
Arrangements were made through Reed’s Chapel – Scotts Hill, but no services are planned for that location. www.redschapelfh.com.
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