PRINCETON - William Jamison Skipwith, Sr. "Skip," age 94, passed away Feb. 24, 2013, at Princeton Care Center. He was born in Clarksville, Va. He attended Princeton schools and graduated from Princeton High School.
Mr. Skipwith was a retired major in the United States Army with 37 years of military service. He then became employed by the U.S. Postal Service working in Trenton and Princeton and retiring in 1984 after 20 years of service.
Deacon Skipwith was a faithful and supportive member of First Baptist Church of Princeton for more than 70 years. He was ordained as a deacon in 1962. He served as chairman of the Deacon Board, chairman of the Usher Board, chairman of Men's Day, chairman of the committee to revise the church bylaws and chairman of the committee to appoint and install pastors. Deacon Skipwith also worked closely with the Ladies Guild, Missionary Society, Scholarship Committee, Youth Group and Senior Citizens Club. Furthermore, he was a member of the Mercer County Deacon Association of Trenton and vicinity. In addition, William was involved in community service and served as president and board member of Princeton Young Achievers. He was also a member of the Jackson, Witherspoon Neighborhood Association.
He was the son of the late Castor and Mary Alice Burnell Skipwith, and brother of the late Gloria, Evelyn, Thomas, Dorothy, Grace and Virginia. William is survived by his wife, Mary Evelyn (Lewis) Skipwith, with whom he has been married for 72 years. He also has his children, daughter, Brenda Carey and son–in-law Donald Carey, daughter, Mary Alice Rountree, and son, William J. Skipwith Jr. (deceased); grandchildren, Jill Carey-Melton, Jeffrey Carey (wife Brett Carey), and Autumn Rountree; great-grandchildren, Mikayla Carey-Melton and Malcolm Carey. William is also survived by several nieces, nephews and cousins all of whom are dearly loved.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday (Mar. 2) at First Baptist Church, John Street and Paul Robeson Place, Princeton, NJ 08540. Calling hours will be from 9 a.m. until time of services at the church. Interment Princeton Cemetery. Arrangements are by the Hughes Funeral Home, Trenton. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the First Baptist Church in care of the Youth Group, Missionaries, and or the Senior Citizens.