August 9, 1948 - June 22, 2019
Venice Eugene Skeens, age 70 of Venice, Florida formally of Castlewood, Virginia went home to be with the Lord on Saturday June 22, 2019 surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Dante, Virginia on August 9, 1948, son of the late Dennie and Mildred Dean Skeens. He was preceded in death by an infant brother, Dennie Skeens Jr. Those left to cherish his memory are his childhood sweetheart and loving wife of nearly 50 years Fredia Salyer Skeens, daughter Heather White and husband Michael of Tampa, Florida, son Eric Skeens of Venice, Florida, beloved granddaughter Hayden White, sister Alice Horne and husband Ray of Gray, Tennessee and granddog Cruz who was always by his side. He graduated from Castlewood High School and Whitney Business College. He began his career at Pittston Coal and spent the majority of his career as manager of Lebanon Block and Supply until his retirement. He proudly served his country in the United States Marine Corps and was a member of the Masonic Lodge of St. Paul, Virginia. Eugene lived most of his life in Castlewood, Virginia until relocating to Venice, Florida in 2014. He spent 5 wonderful years enjoying everything the Florida lifestyle has to offer. Eugene was a devout Christian and enjoyed serving the Lord. He was an active member and served as a deacon at St. Paul Baptist Church while living in Virginia and was currently a member and actively involved at South Venice Baptist Church. His passion was outreach and he devotedly served in a men’s outreach program. He enjoyed attending breakfast every Thursday morning with the Breakfast Bunch. He loved to travel with his wife. Together they created many wonderful memories as they visited 45 states and several countries in Europe and the Caribbean. Most of all, Eugene loved spending time with his wife, children, and precious granddaughter. A celebration of life service for Venice Eugene Skeens will be conducted at 1pm, Thursday, June 27, 2019 at Castlewood Funeral Home Chapel in Castlewood, Virginia, with the Rev. Mike Moore officiating. Committal services will immediately follow at Temple Hill Memorial Park. Pallbearers will be Michael White, Ray Horne, James Purcell, Randy Caplinger, Lloyd Johnson, Charlie Willis and Ronald David. Honorary Pallbearers are Keith Fugate, Dennis Agazzi, and David Mayne. The family will receive friends from noon until 1pm on Thursday, June 27, 2019, at Castlewood Funeral Home in Castlewood, Virginia. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Brain Tumor Association 8550 W. Bryn Mawr Ave. Ste 550 Chicago, IL 60631 or online at abta.org. A special thank you to his sister-in-law and brother-in-law Rita and James Purcell for their kindness and support before and during his recent illness. Online condolences may be sent to the Skeens family through our website and a video tribute may be viewed at www.castlewoodfuneralhome.com. Castlewood Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Venice Eugene Skeens, age 70 of Venice, Florida formally of Castlewood, Virginia went home to be with the Lord on Saturday June 22, 2019 surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Dante, Virginia on August 9, 1948, son of the late Dennie... View Obituary & Service Information
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