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Jesse Mack Skaggs
Jesse Mack Skaggs

Jesse Mack Skaggs, son of the late Henry and Birdella Haslett Skaggs, was born October 10, 1917 in Sturkie, Arkansas, and died December 20, 2013 at Brookehaven Healthcare in West Plains, Missouri.

He was united in marriage February 23, 1968 in Fulton County, Arkansas, to Opal Harmon who preceded him in death in 1984.

Mr. Skaggs was the first draftee from Howell County, serving in the United States Army during World War II. He was a successful farmer and timber manager, and was well-liked by his neighbors. He was an avid St. Louis Cardinals and Arkansas Razorbacks fan.

He is survived by two sisters, Gracie Stephens, husband Clark, West Plains, Lola Satterfield, Seattle, Washington. One sister-in-law, Lyla Skaggs, Marysville, Washington. One step-daughter-in-law, June Harmon, Amarillo, Texas. Jess is also survived by many nieces and nephews, step-grandchildren and many friends and neighbors. He also leaves a special nephew, Jeremy, and his family, Haley and Easton Mack Skaggs, as well as a good friend, Jim Vincent.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, step-son, step-granddaughter, one sister, Lois Maguffee, 6 brothers, Clifford Skaggs, Orville Skaggs, Benny Skaggs, Calvin Skaggs, Hubert Skaggs and Lloyd Skaggs.

Graveside services will be held 2:00 pm Sunday, December 22, 2013, at State Line Cemetery with the Brother Charles Allen officiating under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, West Plains.



  1. Paul pruett
    December 23, 2013 @ 9:47 am

    So sad to see this. Jesse made an impression on me when I sold him some work on his mobile. We lost a good man. They don’t make them like that anymore.

  2. Sherry Peterson
    December 23, 2013 @ 10:46 pm

    RIP Jesse, you will be missed. I always enjoyed seeing you in the rocker on the front porch on our way down to the bottom. I’m sure gonna miss your smile.

  3. Cheryl D.
    December 25, 2013 @ 9:30 am

    May the personal memories the family and friends have of Mr. Skaggs be a source of comfort, and may the promises that God gives be your source of strength and hope. John 5:28,29 says: “Do not be amazed at this, for the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out.”
    Warm Christian love.