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2015-10-22 / Obituaries


Lt. Col. Hal Roache Skipper, 81, passed from this life on Saturday, Oct. 17 at his home in Grove Hill. Skipper was a lifelong resident of Clarke County, having been raised on a farm in Zimco, later residing in Grove Hill for the remainder of his life. He spent the majority of his adult life in service to the community of Grove Hill and also to the state of Alabama as a soldier in the Alabama National Guard. While in the National Guard, Skipper rose through the ranks to Commander for the Grove Hill Company, and later served in units in Mobile, Birmingham, and Opelika. His 41 years of service in the National Guard afforded him the opportunity to train in numerous locations, including Panama and Germany. He retired from military service as Lieutenant Colonel.

Skipper was the manager of Grove Hill Telephone Company for over 20 years, where he befriended most everyone in the community. He served as both Town Councilman and Mayor for nine years in Grove Hill. Skipper's leadership was instrumental in the developing and building of Grove Hill Memorial Hospital, Grove Hill Town Hall, Grove Hill City Park, and Camp Maubila for the Boy Scouts of America. Skipper's lifetime of service also included his dedication to Grove Hill Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon and was involved in many church building mission trips.

Skipper is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Jean Harrison Skipperchildren, Neena Skipper (Basil) McNeely of Mobile, Scott (Gina) Skipper of Grove Hill and Barry (Mary) Skipper of Louisville, Kan. sisters, Catherine (Bob) McIlwain of Pascagoula, Miss. and Patricia Grubbs of Fairhope grandchildren, Isaac (Amie) McNeely of Bryan, Texas, Lindsey (Samuel) McNeely Ladnier of Denver, Colo., Abbey McNeely of Mobile, Cory (Janine) Skipper of Hoover and Jessica Skipper of Louisville, Ky.

Funeral services were Oct. 20 at Grove Hill Baptist Church with Bro. Tony Meinhardt officiating. Interment followed in the Magnolia Lawn Cemetery with Lathan Funeral Home in Grove Hill directing.

Pallbearers were Louis Burgos, Clay Dickinson, Matt Harrison, Basil McNeely, and his two grandsons, Isaac McNeely and Cory Skipper.

Condolences may be offered at www.lathanfuneralhomegrovehill.com.

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