Larry Eldon Skidmore
Larry Eldon Skidmore
  • October 21, 1955 - March 20, 2017
  • Arlington, Texas

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Born October 21, 1955 in Beatrice, Nebraska, Larry Eldon Skidmore was the seventh and final child of Plezie Odea and Tunis (Downing) Skidmore's marriage. After his eldest brother, Robert, preceded him in death in a car accident, the family patriarch, Plezie, also died after an illness when Larry was only six. The family then left their home in Nebraska and settled in Grand Prairie, Texas. It was there that Larry grew up, living with his widowed mother and attending school.

Larry had a love of performance and magic. He performed for his friends and family, and even got to do a trick for Mr. Peppermint, a local television celebrity in the DFW area. He enjoyed the variety and opportunities he had in school, and participated in sports and entrepreneurial programs. His high school goal was to develop his business, along with marketing and management skills.

He met his future wife, Sandra Dunahoo, in high school. Shortly after getting married they were blessed with their son, Robert. While moving through the management program with Eckard's Drug Store, the couple welcomed their second son, James, only eighteen months after the first-born. Opportunities to move up were coupled with a willingness to relocate. After leaving Eckard's, Larry tried his hand at commission sales. With limited success came money problems. The shared sacrifices caused fracture, and although their marriage ended, both parents made a concerted effort to be there to support and encourage their boys.

After Larry came back to Texas he held several different jobs, but found that he had a knack for security. His performance and people skills, coupled with his business knowledge and flexibility, along with the desire to provide for his family, lead to a string of steady and reliable security roles. His career afforded stability, but it was a struggle to work third shift. The overnight absence and a drawing back from GOD ended a second short and shaky marriage. Larry attempted to encapsulate his experience and knowledge when he developed his "Welcome to the Team" training program. Though the program was not adopted it did allow him a powerful learning experience. He wanted to perform again, and took college courses which lead to several voice-over roles.
He was very involved with his church and family, and even landed a role as the voice of GOD in a one act play called, "The Judgment Seat."

Cornerstone Productions was the place to find Larry and his boys for nearly a year. He helped with Lighting and Sound, and the boys were able to work concessions and backstage for a run of "David and Goliath in Cowtown," as well as, "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe." Shortly after Cornerstone Production closed Larry reconnected with Mary James. The two courted and were married in August of 1995. After they married you could almost always find them together. Mary's health declined, and she was called home to be with her Savior shortly after Allen, their first grandson was born. Larry continued to work security, and continued his voice work, adding credits to his portfolio. He supported missionary work and gave faithfully to his church with time and talent. Larry tried to live in Farmersville, but after a life changing injury he moved back to Garland. He eventually got laid off from his security job, and due to his physical conditions and worsening health went on disability. He was diagnosed with Stage 4 kidney cancer in 2012, but he refused to give up. With his family and church at his side he battled for four long and exhausting years. The cancer was aggressive, moving into other systems, and finally his body gave out.
Here we are to celebrate a life lived with passion.
Thanks be to GOD for his work accomplished in the life of Larry Eldon Skidmore.

Larry was preceded in death by his wife, Mary (James) Skidmore; brothers, Robert Skidmore and Duane Allen Skidmore; and sisters, Virginia Wagner and Betty Goodwin. He is survived by his sons, Robert Skidmore, and James Skidmore and wife Melody; grandchildren, Allen, ReneeLyn, and CateLyn Skidmore; brother, Jimmy (James) Lynn Skidmore and wife Helen; sister, Deedee (Doris) Benson; as well as many extended family members and friends.

Visitation will be held Thursday, March 23, 2017 from 6:00 to 7:30 P.M., and Funeral Services will be held Friday, March 24, 2017 at 2:00 P.M., all at Grove Hill Funeral Home, and will be officiated by Reverend Steve Foster, Larry's pastor from his church home of New Heights Baptist Church. Interment will follow at Grove Hill Memorial Park.