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