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Updated: 02/05/2014 08:00:06AM

Jerry L. Skinner

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Jerry L. Skinner passed away from this Earth, Monday, Feb. 3, 2014, at his home, surrounded by his family.

He was a lifelong resident of Arcadia, Fla., the youngest of nine children of George and Pauline (nee Hagan) Skinner.

Jerry graduated from DeSoto County High School in 1965, where he played football and baseball. After high school, Jerry enlisted in the United States Marine Corps, and served during the Vietnam War, until his discharge in 1969. Following his stint in the Marines, Jerry returned to Arcadia, where he worked for his father-in-law, W.T. Wynn Sr., at Arcadia Septic Tank.

In 1970, Jerry began his career with the Florida Power & Light Company, where he worked as a meter reader, up through the ranks into management. He retired from Florida Power & Light in 2000, however he continued working as a contractor for the power company until 2008. Jerry loved traveling this country with his wife, hunting, fishing, bowling, golfing, and spending time with his children and grandchildren.

Jerry is survived by his beloved wife of 48 years, Betty J. Wynn Skinner; daughter, Brandy (Robert) Varner; son, Wade (Mandy) Skinner; five grandchildren, Jackson Varner, Jayton Skinner, Jaleigh Varner, Wesley Skinner and Matthew Skinner; brother, Eugene (Mary) Skinner; two sisters, Georganna Matthews and Lavada Croom; sisters-in-law, Lois (Tommy) Tyner, Ellen (Tony) Hutson and Lois Wynn; brother-in-law, Tommy (Bonnie) Wynn; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, Leroy Skinner, Buck Skinner, G.H. Skinner and Harvey Skinner; sister, Aileen Skinner Layport; and his son, Jeffrey Steven Skinner.

Memorial services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014, from the chapel of Ponger-Kays-Grady Funeral Home, 50 N. Hillsborough Ave., Arcadia. Military Honors will be rendered by the U.S. Marine Corps Honor Guard. Online condolences may be made at

Arrangements are by Ponger-Kays-Grady Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Arcadia.

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