Family-Placed Death Notice
SKEEN, Lincoln LINCOLN "PETE" VIRGIL SKEEN Lincoln Virgil Skeen, affectionately known as Pete to close friends and family, was born on January 22, 1950 in, Charleston, West Virginia. He enlisted in the Army in July of 1967 and began basic training at Fort Knox after which he was stationed in El Paso, Texas; Tonawanda, New York; and Homestead, Fla. He left the army honorably in October 1970 as a missile systems specialist. Following his military service, he began a position at AT&T in 1970 which would take him to Cleveland and Akron, Ohio, the companies Global Network Operations Center in Bedminster, New Jersey, and to various places throughout Georgia. After retiring in 1999 he would go on to work at Bellsouth and specialize in network operations and again work for AT&T when the two companies rejoined in 2006. Throughout his tenure, he won many distinguished service awards in addition to the respect, admiration, and friendship of his coworkers and superiors. He married Barbara Brown on Dec. 21, 1974 and as a husband he was a caring provider - he was the love of her life and she was his. Together they traveled the country, shared a love of horses, and spent every moment living life to its fullest. His son Chris was born on Jan. 16, 1981 and the family would go on to live in Mountain Home, Pennsylvania, Conyers and Social Circle prior to settling in Lake Arrowhead just outside of Waleska, Georgia. As a dedicated father he took his son skiing, golfing, to soccer matches, played catch and chess, encouraged a love of music, shared his love of cars, and instilled the importance of hard work, perseverance, and kindness. He was also a fan and supporter of the University of Georgia, attended many Braves games, loved to spend time with family and friends, and always found time for a dog walk! Pete will posthumously act as the best man for his son's upcoming wedding. He will be greatly missed by all that came to know him. Pete is survived by his wife of 38 years, Barbara, his son Chris, his future daughter in law Brandi Littlejohn, and his beloved boxer dogs Sophie, Bindi, and Shamrock. He will be laid to rest at the Georgia National Cemetery on Monday April 15 and the family asks that in lieu of flowers donations be made to the Cherokee County Humane Society at: http://www.cchumanesociety.org/ The caring staff of Darby Funeral Home, Canton, GA in charge of the arrangements.
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Apr. 12, 2013