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Randy J. Skeens (2/11/55 – 4/10/23)
Pastor Randy J. Skeens, 68, of Verdunville, WV, completed his earthly assignment and received his Heavenly reward on Monday, April 10th, 2023, surrounded by his family and friends.
Born on February 11, 1955, he was the son of the late Burel and Olive Skeens of Verdunville. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his mother-in-law and father-in law, Earl and Lorene Williamson of Verdunville, sister, Linda “Rusty” Price of Madison, sister-in-law Judy Lukin of Chicago, Illinois, sister-in-law Donna Kromelis of Glen, Michigan, and brother-in-law Roger Williamson of Logan, WV.
Randy’s life can be summed up in the verse from 2 Timothy 4:7: “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” Randy spent much of his life and time ministering to those in his congregation at Central United Baptist Church in Logan and the surrounding community. He will be most remembered for his love, dedication, and mentorship to those who were lost and suffering. Randy spent countless hours of his ministry pouring into the lives of others through his messages and the time he spent in visitation to the sick. He was a shining example of what servanthood in Christ is all about.
Randy retired as Director of Campus Operations from Southern WV Community & Technical College in November 2018 after more than 30 years of service. Many of his colleagues throughout the years became his lifelong friends. He was known for bringing some humor and fun to official college events and could even been seen as his alter ego, “The Great Randini” at some functions.
Randy’s greatest joy in life was spending time with his family and friends. Some of his most cherished times revolved around sitting with a group of his family and friends and reminiscing on old times after having too much coffee and sweets (his favorite combination). He looked forward to every summer for his return to the Bethlehem Association Church Camp in Salt Rock to teach the Thursday night lesson to the campers and sing under the picnic shelter at night following the church service. Many will remember him with his left-handed guitar hung around his neck and singing some of his favorites like, “Peter Do You Love Me?” and “Say I Do”.
Out of all his many roles in life, his favorites were that of husband to his loving wife of 45 years, Sharon, dad to his daughter Katie (Brad) Roeher, and “Papaw Pepper” to his pride and joy, Rowan Olivia Roeher.
In addition to them, he is also survived by his brother, Max (Debbie) Skeens of Verdunville, sister, Debra Skeens (Tricia) of Huntington, sisters-in-law Debbie (Billy) Russell of Verdunville, Jean Childers of Verdunville, Tammy (Paul) Miller of Charleston, SC, Joann Williamson of Logan, brother-in-law David Williamson of Verdunville, and the Kirkendoll family (David, Katrena, Samuel, Jacob, and Eli) whom he loved as his own, and a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins. He will also be sorely missed by the furry members of the family, his dog, Macie Gray and his granddogs, Gordie Howl and Apollo.
Visitation will be held Wednesday, April 12th from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at the Central United Baptist Church. Funeral service will be held Thursday, April 13th at 11:00 a.m. at the Central United Baptist Church with the Rev. Earl White, Rev. Lonnie Gore, and Rev. Kevin Conley officiating. A private family committal service will take place on Friday at the Frye Cemetery.
The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Central United Baptist Church in Randy’s memory.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Evans Funeral Home & Cremation Services at Chapmanville, WV.