Jackson Charner Skains
Jackson Charner Skains
  • June 29, 1944 - May 7, 2017
  • Charlotte, North Carolina

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Jackson Charner Skains, Jr. (Jack) died peacefully while surrounded by his family at Carolinas Medical Center on May 7, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina at the age of 72, after a brave and hard-fought battle with multiple myeloma.

Jack is survived by his wife of 48 years Toni Armbruster Skains; his daughter Jackie Jonassen (Hans Jonassen) of Augusta, GA; his son Mark Skains, M.D. (Beth Blair Skains) and his granddaughter Isabel Skains of Greensboro, NC; and his sister Bettie Skains Sonnier of Lafayette, LA.

Jack was born on June 29,1944 in Lafayette, LA to Jackson Charner Skains, Sr. and his wife Gertrude Broussard Skains. He graduated from Louisiana State University in 1967 with a degree in Business Administration and was a member of Theta Xi fraternity. Jack married his wife Toni in 1969 and served our country as an Infantry Officer in the US Army. During that time, he was stationed at Fort Sam Houston where he was Executive Director of the Modern Pentathlon Training Center. Following that assignment, Jack was posted in Seoul, Korea as an Intelligence Officer.

In 1971, Jack began working for the Hartford Insurance Company in New Orleans, LA. In 1992, Jack and Toni relocated with the Hartford to Charlotte, NC, a beloved new home he often referred to as “paradise.” Jack spent his entire business career with the company, retiring after 41 years.

Jack was highly regarded for his keen intellect, his wide breadth of knowledge, and his unwavering support for his family. He loved sports, growing up as a Dodgers fan and rarely missed a game when the Carolina Panthers, Charlotte Hornets, or LSU Fighting Tigers were playing. Jack was known also by both family and friends for his blue Mustang, which he ordered from Detroit in 1964 and treasured for his entire life.

Jack’s family would like to thank Manisha Bhutani, M.D. and the doctors, nurses and aides at both Levine Cancer Institute and Carolinas Medical Center, all of whom lovingly and compassionately cared for Jack and his loved ones during his illness.

A graveside service will be held on Saturday, May 13 at 11:00 a.m. at the main entrance of Lake Lawn Park Mausoleum, 5454 Pontchartrain Blvd., Deacon Raymond Heap presiding.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Levine Cancer Institute, Carolinas Myeloma Research Fund at the Carolinas Healthcare Foundation www.givecarolinas.org