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William Bruce Skidmore

July 8, 1927 ~ July 13, 2021 (age 94)


William Bruce Skidmore, age 94 years and 5 days, and a Sardis, TN resident, died July 13, 2021 in Humboldt, TN. Mr. Skidmore was formerly of Harlan, KY.

He was a son of the late Silas and Ruth Skidmore. He attended Loyal High School, then entered the military at age 14, and soon on the ship Queen Mary. He served for two years and was sent back home when the Army found out he was only 16. Bruce was a lifetime member of the VFW Post  #4971, an American Legion member Post #243, the Masonic Lodge #504 East Lodge Chattanooga, the Shrine of East Louis, IL and the Scottish Rite in Valley of Southern IL.  He was an Honorary Retired member of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Chauffeurs, Warehousemen and Helpers of America. He drove for Darling and then Roadway from which he retired. He married Lorene Snodgrass on April 2, 1944. Lorene preceded him in death on October 15, 2016 after 72 years of marriage.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 2 PM Sunday, July 18 at Owens Funeral Home in Brodhead, KY.
Visitation will be 1 hour prior to service.  Interment will be in Mt. Vernon - Saylor Cemetery.

Those left to celebrate his life: a son, William Bruce Skidmore, Jr. (Linda), of Sardis, TN; a son, Bill O'Dell (Elizabeth), of Naples, FL; 6 Grandchildren, 16 Great Grandchildren and 2 Great-Great Grandchildren.

Besides his parents, Mr. Skidmore was preceded in death by his wife, Lorene, 4 brothers and 2 sisters.

No local services are scheduled. Reed's Chapel - Scotts Hill is in charge of arrangements.


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