Leighton L. Skinner
September 9, 1940 – May 6, 2018
Leighton L. Skinner, resident of Camden, Alabama passed away on Sunday, May 6th, 2018 from complications related to Parkinson’s. Leighton L. Skinner was born on September 9, 1940 in Monroeville, AL to Bert and Flora Belle Skinner. He graduated from Wilcox County High School in 1958 and from Auburn University in 1964 with a degree in Forestry.
As a Forester, he worked from Alabama to Texas then back to Alabama. In June of 1985 he returned with his family to Camden to work for McMillan Bloedel. Leighton worked in wood procurement, land management and strategic planning. The paper companies he worked for were Union Camp, Champion International, MacMillan Bloedel and Weyerhaeuser.
Leighton was confirmed in the Catholic Church in 1999 and a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Camden.
Leighton served in the Alabama National Guard and Army Reserves for 25 years. He obtained the rank of Lt. Colonel in Field Artillery. He served with the 87th Maneuver Area Command (MAC) in Birmingham until his retirement in 2002.
He enjoyed his family, going to the beach and visiting with friends. He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Donna, daughters Elizabeth Howard (Gary) and Rebecca Allen (Jeff). Grandchildren are Andrew Howard, Emma Groce, Jud Allen, Leigh Allen, Nolan Groce and Jane Parker Groce. Sister, Particia Byrne (Ronnie), brothers Judson (Mary Sue) and David (Carla) and numerous nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his daughter Susan Groce (Clint Groce), brother Bill Skinner, father and mother Bert and Flora Belle Skinner .
A Funeral Mass and graveside service will be held in Madison, AL at St. John’s Catholic Church on Wednesday, May 9th and a Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held in Camden at St. Jospeh’s Catholic Church on Saturday, May 12th. Visitation will be from 2:30 to 4 with service following. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to your favorite charity.