Johnny Skeen

Johnny Swaine Skeen Sr.

Friday, January 4th, 2019
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Obituary

Johnny Swaine Skeen Sr., 86, of Cleveland, Va., passed away on Friday, January 4, 2019, after a courageous battle with cancer. Born on December 19, 1932, in the Hurricane Fork section of Dumps Creek, Russell Co, Va., he was the son of the late Stafford and Cora Skeens.

A 1952 graduate of Cleveland High School and a veteran of the Korean Conflict, he proudly served his country in the Army from 1952 to 1961. He was a member of Cleveland Baptist Church and of the William Birchfield Lodge #294 of Cleveland. Johnny was a charter member of Lebanon and Cleveland Rescue and a life member and Captain of Cleveland Lifesaving Crew. He retired from the Appalachian Power Company with 38 years of service at the plant in Carbo, Va.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by one infant brother; brother, Wilson Clifford Skeens; sisters, Vivian Johnston and Ettis Back; brothers-in-law, Athenis Tiller, Kenneth Stevens, Eddie Back, Nash Johnston, and Donald Turner.

Survivors include his loving wife of 60 years, Maxie Tiller Skeen; sons, Swaine Skeen (Patricia) and Bryant Skeen (Christina); daughter, Carla Adkins (Fred); grandchildren, Kari Beasley (Ben), Heather Skeen-Brennan (Ross), Aaron Adkins (Kayla), Phillip Adkins (Nicole), Hope Skeen, Ethan Skeen, Emma Skeen, and Christopher Skeen; great grandchildren, Troy Adkins, Sullivan Brennan, Reid Adkins, and Lucy Beasley; sisters, Donna Carter (Don), Mary Conner (Thomas), Cara Bell Musick (Kermit), Jean Turner, Sue Phillips (Clitis); brother, Guy Skeens (Linda); sisters-in-law, Geneva Skeens, Theresa Wilson (Don), Larnell Stevens, Frances Conner (Gene), Cloteen McReynolds (Ballard), brother-in-law, T.C. Tiller and a host of nieces and nephews.

Family and members of the Cleveland Lifesaving Crew will serve as pallbearers.

Funeral services will be held at 7 p.m. on Monday, January 7, 2019, in the Owens Funeral Service Chapel with Pastor Larry Stinson officiating.

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, January 8, 2019, at Russell Memorial Cemetery in Lebanon with military graveside rites conducted by the Lebanon VFW Post #9864. Those wishing to go in procession to the cemetery are asked to meet at the funeral home by 10:45 a.m.

The family will receive friends on Monday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Cleveland Junior Lifesaving Crew, P.O. Box 129, Cleveland, Va., 24225.

Share memories and condolences with the family at www.owensfuneralservice.com.

Owens Funeral Service, (276) 889-1212, 7 Tate Ave., Lebanon, Va., is in charge of arrangements.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Monday, January 7th, 2019 | 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    When
    Monday, January 7th, 2019 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Location
    Owens Funeral Service
    Address
    7 Tate Street
    LEBANON, VA 24266
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  • Service

    Monday, January 7th, 2019 | 7:00pm
    When
    Monday, January 7th, 2019 7:00pm
    Location
    Owens Funeral Service
    Address
    7 Tate Street
    LEBANON, VA 24266
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Interment

    Location
    Russell Memorial Cemetery
    Address
    Main Street
    LEBANON, VA
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, January 8, 2019, at Russell Memorial Cemetery in Lebanon with military graveside rites conducted by the Lebanon VFW Post #9864. Those wishing to go in procession to the cemetery are asked to meet at the funeral home by 10:45 a.m.

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Jimmy Parks Jr.

Posted at 10:05am
I was so sorry to hear of Johnny's passing. He was an amazing man and taught me so much. He will be sorely missed. I love you guys and if you ever need me for anything please don't hesitate to call. Peace be with you all and we will keep you all in our prayers.
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Norma Villars

Posted at 10:46am
Maxie, so sorry to hear about Johnny, my thoughts and prayers are with you. Norma
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Dana Moats

Posted at 03:52pm
Maxie, my sweet friend, I am sorry about Johnny. He was a special person and I loved getting to talk to him in E.R. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Prayers and hugs.
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Hassel and Betty Kegley

Posted at 01:31pm
We have your family in our thoughts and prayers. May God bless you all and give you comfort.
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Aileen Rutherford/Michael & Barbara Akers

Posted at 09:16pm
Our thoughts and prayers are with you during time of sorrow. May you find comfort in the many beautiful memories. We pray the Lord give you strength and peace in the days ahead.
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