James Melvin Skeen

James Melvin Skeen

September 12, 1923 - November 20, 2017

James Melvin Skeen, 94, passed away Monday, November 20, 2017, at Continue Care Hospital in Corbin.  Born September 12, 1923, in Woodbine, KY, he was the son of the late Rev. John Milton Skeen and Roxie Anna Harp Skeen.  He was born again in 1937 and joined West Corbin Baptist Church where he later served as teacher, deacon, and song leader.  In 1981, he transferred his membership to Central Baptist Church and continued to serve as teacher, deacon, and choir member for many years.

In November 1942, he was married to Anna Arriettia Wells and they were blessed with two sons: James Melvin Skeen II and David Alden Skeen.

Melvin was a devoted family man and a Christian gentleman.  He served his country during WW II as a gunner corporal of the 576th Field Artillery Battalion of the Second Army Division.  He had retired from Whayne Supply Company as a Field Service Technician and was a Past Master of Hugh Harris Lodge 938 F & AM. 

In addition to his father and mother, he was preceded in death by his wife, Arriettia Wells Skeen; four sisters: Thelma Hinegardner, Pauline Skeen, Betty Smith, and Imogene Powers; and three brothers: infant Tommie Charles, Johnny, and Wendell Skeen.

He leaves behind two sons: Jim and Sharon Partin Skeen and Dave and Kathy Cline Skeen; seven grandchildren: Renee and Tom Lawson, Eric Skeen, Keith and Christy Skeen, Amy and Olen Sulfridge, Levi and Brittney Skeen, and Katie and Terry Lanham, all of the Corbin area, and Kevin and Jackie Skeen of Visalia, CA.  Melvin will also be sadly missed by 20 great grandchildren; and four sisters: Naomi Harp, Georgia Gibson, Kathleen Smith, and Abby and Jim Shakleford. 

Funeral services will be held at 2 P.M. Saturday, November 25, 2017, in the Hart Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Levi Skeen and Rev. James Vandy officiating.  Burial will follow in Corinth Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 11 A.M. – 2 P.M. Saturday at Hart Funeral Home, located at 1011 Master Street in Corbin.

The Cornelius Sunday School Class at Central Baptist Church and Landon Hinkle will serve as honorary pallbearers.

  • Denny Liford
    Posted at 00:59h, 22 November Reply

    Heartfelt condolences in this time of loss. I worked with Melvin at Whayne Supply back in the 80s. Good man.

    Posted at 16:31h, 23 November Reply

    I couldn’t ask for a better grandfather,he put everything he had in everything he did,and was instrumental in my life. He made the best out of the worst.This was very evident from situations he was in to the people he touched. He was a master at cultivating the spirit and spreading good will in everyone around him. He loved seeing people in church learning about Jesus and growing spiritually,especially the youth.
    He was a very hard working,Christian who was very dedicated to his family.
    I will always look up to him as a guide for my life as well.


    John 14:1-3
    1 “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. 2 My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.

    Psalm 116:15
    Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints

  • Theresa M McKinney
    Posted at 03:29h, 24 November Reply

    Fine man, Fine Family!!!! So sorry, for your loss. In case you don’t remember me, I was his nurse from Home Health and daughter of Ronald Lanham.
    Praying for Peace “which passeth all understanding” upon his family.

    Posted at 18:47h, 24 November Reply


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