In memory of
Martin Joseph Skinner Sr.
Martin Joseph Skinner Sr. Martin Joseph Skinner Sr., of Harriman, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016, at the age of 93 at Renaissance Terrace in Harriman. He was a longterm member of St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in Oak Ridge, and had served on the vestry, as chalice bearer, and as a lector. He had been active for over 30 years in the Episcopal Churchmen of Tennessee serving as vice president and secretary. Martin obtained both his BS and MS degrees from Michigan State University. He had also attended LSU in Baton Rouge and Washington University in St. Louis. He came to Oak Ridge in mid-1944 as a member of the Army Specialized Engineering Detachment working in Y-12, servicing the electrical equipment associated with the electromagnetic separation technology. After college, he returned to Y-12 working on stable isotope separation, and later as the patent section head for ORNL. He retired from that position at the end of 1980, and became employed with Pitts & Brittian, a patent law firm in Knoxville. He was the co-founder of the Tennessee Inventors Association and served in many officer positions. He retired again in 1999. He was preceded in death by his parents Clyde and Frances Skinner; a sister, Fran; an infant brother, Curtis; and a daughter, Mary. He is survived by his devoted wife, friend and pal, Dorothy of 70 years; other survivors are four sons and their wives, Bill and Annie of Gatlinburg, Bob of Florida, Martin Jr. and Robbin of North Carolina, and Mike of Kingston; granddaughters, Courtney Licata, great-granddaughter, Aubrey, of North Carolina and Lindsay Skinner of Florida also survive Martin. He was very active in service work in his community. He had served on the City Council of Kingston for six years, and had been a member of the Kingston Lions Club for over 50 years, serving in all officer positions, as well as being secretary and committee chairs of the Lions International District 12N. Martin was a holder of a U. S. Patent. For over 30 years, he had been a member of the Holston Rose Society, an affiliate of the American Rose Society, serving as president two terms, as well as being the editor of their monthly newsletter for more than 15 years. He had two articles published in the national magazine of the ARS, and won the top award in a class of ARS publications for a booklet he edited. There will be a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14, at Kyker Funeral Home in Kingston. A memorial service will be conducted by the Rev. David Lovette at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in Oak Ridge at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to either the Kingston Lions Club, P.O. Box 325, Kingston; the Michael Dunn Center at 169 Gallaher Road, Kingston; St. Stephens Episcopal Church at Tulane Avenue, Oak Ridge; or to an organization of the donor's choice. www.kykerfuneralhomes.com
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