1928 - Alderson High School - 1968


Eileen Skaggs

Obituary Feb 2012

ALDERSON Eileen Okes Skaggs, age 86, of Alderson, W.Va., died Thursday, February 23, 2012, at her home in Alderson, following a short illness.

Born April 23, 1925, at Dunns, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Lonnie Lewis Okes, Sr., and the late Grace Pearl Akers Okes. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, Ernest Lee Skaggs, Sr.; a sister, Melva Okes Duncan; and three brothers, Harold Okes, Wilbert Okes, and Orlan Okes.

Mrs. Skaggs was a school teacher, having retired from the Greenbrier County Board of Education. She retired after 35 years of service, having taught home economics and occupational sewing in Monroe and Greenbrier counties, W.Va. She taught at Union High School, Alderson High School, and Greenbrier East High School. As a teacher, she was involved with the Future Homemakers of America and served as Class Sponsor for numerous classes at Alderson High School. Mrs. Skaggs was a 1943 graduate of Princeton High School, graduated from Concord College in 1947 with a Bachelor of Science in Education, and obtained her Master of Education from West Virginia University. Mrs. Skaggs was a member of the Johnson Memorial United Methodist Church, Alderson, W.Va., where she was a former Sunday school teacher, a member of the Heritage Circle of the Johnson Memorial United Methodist Women, assisted in writing the history of the Church, and was the recipient of the Cleo Butcher Award. She was a member and Past Matron of the Alderson Chapter No. 119 Order of the Eastern Star, was an Education Honorary member, a member of the Alpha Delta Kappa Sorority, and was a former member of the Board of Directors of the Alderson Community Center For The Arts And Humanities, Inc., Alderson, W.Va.

Survivors include a son, Ernest Lee Skaggs, Jr., and his wife, Tammy Smith Skaggs, of Alderson, W.Va.; two brothers, Lonnie Okes and his wife, Jane, of Salem, Va., and Emerson Okes and his wife, Diana, of Princeton, W.Va.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be Sunday, February 26, 2012, at 2 p.m. at the Johnson Memorial United Methodist Church, Alderson, W.Va., with the Rev. Rick Duncan and the Rev. Sam Groves officiating. Burial will follow at the New Lebanon Cemetery, Pickaway, W.Va. Friends may call Saturday, February 25, 2012, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Lobban Funeral Home, Alderson, W.Va., where an Eastern Star Service will be conducted at 8 p.m. by the Alderson Chapter No. 119 Order of the Eastern Star, and one hour prior to services at the Church on Sunday.

Members of the Alderson Volunteer Fire Department and EMS will serve as pallbearers.

In lieu of flowers, contributions of sympathy may be made to the Heritage Circle of the Johnson Memorial United Methodist Church, c/o Jolene Callahan, P.O. Box 171, Alderson, WV 24910.

Arrangements by Lobban Funeral Home, Alderson, W. Va.

Source: The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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