Garland D. Skaggs(1933 - 2014)

Retired United States Navy Chief Petty Officer Garland D. Skaggs, age 80, husband of the late Geraldine "Gerry" Skaggs, died Feb. 18, 2014.

Garland was born in Crix, Ky., on Sept. 3, 1933, the son of J. Earl and Julia (Cox) Skaggs. Later the family moved to South Solon, Ohio, where he grew up and attended school.

Garland joined the U.S. Navy at the age of 17 and proudly served our nation for 22 years as a diver and an Explosive Ordnance Disposal expert. He was a member of the Naval EOD Association and Masonic Fielding Lodge No. 192 F&AM.

In 1987 he moved to Crestview where he enjoyed family, working in his wood shop, hunting, fishing and riding horses.

Garland's survivors are his three daughters, Eleanor Owens (Joel) of Longwood, Norma Jean Martin and Patricia Van Liere, both of Crestview; one son, William Skaggs of Holt; 12 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; two sisters, Betty Borghese, Powell, Ohio, and Connie Hunter, New Castle, Ind.; one brother, Ronnie Skaggs, Springfield, Ohio; and several nieces and nephews.

His son Terry Skaggs, Muncie, Ind., and his brother, John Skaggs, Springfield, preceded him in death.

Memorial services are at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 15 at the residence of Pastor Henry Myrick, 530 Camellia Ave., Holt. Pastor Myrick will officiate.

Arrangements are entrusted to Whitehurst Powell Funeral Home in Crestview. Guest book and condolences are available online at or

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Funeral Home

Whitehurst Powell Funeral Home
436 West James Lee Boulevard Crestview, FL 32536
(850) 682-3052

Published in The Crestview News Bulletin from Mar. 12 to Apr. 11, 2014