Samuel L. “Sam” Skeen 66 of Ripley passed away April 4, 2013 at Jackson General Hospital, Ripley following a short illness.
Sam was born October 23, 1946 at Kenna, son of Willadeen Parsons Skeen Poling of Ripley and the late Odell Skeen.
He was a graduate of Ripley High School and West Virginia University. Upon graduation from WVU with a degree in Agricultural Education, Sam returned to his alma mater, Ripley High School, as a Vocational Agricultural teacher in January, 1969. As a teacher at Ripley, Sam was instrumental in developing and implementing an FFA Program of Activities for student, school and community events that led to Ripley FFA’s recognition as a National Gold Emblem Chapter. Sam worked very hard to prepare his students for many Vo Ag and FFA competitions. While at Ripley, Sam’s students did well in such competitions as Agronomy, Entomology, and Plant Pathology. Sam helped lead the Ripley Chapter of FFA to many state and national titles.
Sam later moved to the Arch Moore Vocational and Technical Center, later the Roane Jackson Technical Center. While working as the IMC Coordinator he continued to help both secondary and adult students excel in state and national competitions. Sam worked with teams in the area of Parliamentary Procedure as well as individual competitions in Public Speaking and Extemporaneous Speaking Student youth groups, DECA, VICA, FBLA and HOSA won many 1st place awards through Sam’s knowledge and the high expectations he had for his students. He loved teaching and working with all students up until he retired.
Sam was an avid hunter and also loved writing articles for many outdoor magazines. For many years, his articles appeared in many hunting and sporting magazines. He also wrote many short stories and articles that were seen in the Readers Digest as well other magazines. Sam had quite a wit and liked to write humorous as well as real life adventures.
In addition to his mother Willadeen Skeen Poling he is survived by his wife of 42 years Terry Shaw Skeen; a sister in law Joyce Dalton of Morgantown; Aunts Glenna Parsons, Janet Boggess, Cathleen Burdette, Ruth Burdette and Ruby Hersman; Uncle Paul Parsons; cousins Pam Campbell and her husband Sid; special friends Cathy Akers, John Riddle and Tommy Young.
Funeral Service were 2:00 pm Sunday, April 7, 2013 at the Waybright Funeral Home, Ripley with Pastor Jimmie Compton officiating. Burial was in the Pine Hill Cemetery, Ripley. Friends called from 4 to 8 pm Saturday at the funeral home.
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