Gerald L. Skinner, 64 of Van Buren died unexpectedly on Saturday, November 17, 2018 in Sheridan, Arkansas. He was born on September 12, 1954 to Jerry and Jo Skinner of Malvern. He was a longtime project manager for Fort Smith Glass Company and Overhead Door. Gerald received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Arkansas where he was an All-Southwest Conference Offensive Lineman in the 1973 – 1976 seasons. After his collegiate football career, he played three seasons in the NFL for the New England Patriots, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and Green Bay Packers. He later received his master’s degree from the University of Central Arkansas, and spent several years in Conway as a teacher and coach.
Gerald is survived by his loving wife, Payne Skinner of Van Buren; his sons Sam New of Providence, RI, and Adam Skinner of Minturn, AR; his parents, Jerry and Jo Skinner of Malvern, AR; his brothers, Michael Skinner, Larry Skinner, and Ronny Skinner; two granddaughters.
Contributions can be made to the American Heart Association, A memorial service will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Wednesday, November 21, 2018 at Ocker Memorial Chapel in Van Buren. A “celebration of life” ceremony will follow immediately at Harry’s Downtown 509 Garrison Avenue, Fort Smith. Honorary Pall Bearers will be Steve Stoltz, Keith Hefner, Ken Griffin, Bo Busby, and all the other members of the Arkansas Razorbacks 1973 – 1976 football teams. Memorial .