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Funeral service for Stephen P. Skillern, 37, will he held Saturday morning at 11 a.m. in the chapel of Baggett & Summers Funeral Home. His family will receive friends Friday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. Born August 25, 1968, in Lawrenceburg, Tenn., Stephen lived in Daytona Beach from 1972 until 1991. He graduated from Mainland High School in 1987, and played football, baseball and soccer. Stephen proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy from 1991 to 1993 on the Westpac Tour aboard the USS Drum nuclear attack sub, specializing in electronics repair. After an honorable discharge from the Navy, he lived in San Diego for two years, and then relocated to Austell, Ga., where he was a loan officer for Hewlett-Packard. He enjoyed sports and was the coach of the Little League Baseball Riverside Yankees in Atlanta, Ga., where he was also very active in raising money for several charitable groups. He was the son of the late Paul W. Skillern and is survived by his mother, Freeda Skillern, Port Orange; two brothers, Sean and his wife, Linda, Lakeland, Fla., and Scott and his wife, Amanda, Sierra Vista, Ariz.; his sister, Sandy Skillern-Brunick, Port Orange; his maternal grandmother, Winifred Coffelt, Winchester, Tenn.; and six nieces and nephews, Jordan Brunick, Hunter, Tyler and Ryan Skillern, and Olivia and Sophie Skillern. Also surviving is Stephen's longtime friend and companion, Leah Ann Pint, Austell, and his dog, AJ, to whom he was devoted. Donations in Stephen's memory may be made to the American Diabetes Assoc., 1101 N. Lake Destiny Drive, Maitland, FL. Condolences may be shared with the family online at www.lohmanfuneralhomes.com. Arrangements are under the careful direction of Baggett and Summers Funeral Home.

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Published in Daytona Beach News-Journal from Aug. 24 to Aug. 25, 2006.
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December 28, 2014
I was looking through the USS DRUM 677 crew list and read that Steve had passed. My heart goes out to his family. I served with him in the the navy while aboard the Drum. He was my friend and brother of the "dolphins". I will always remember his smile and the great times we had while serving our country. He will always be in my memories.
Edward Schlueter
August 29, 2014
just found the page, you are always on my mind, miss you.
February 17, 2014
Just found this page...rest in peace brother
mike ader
September 18, 2013
Debbie Rae Peters
August 26, 2012
thought of you yesterday on your & Sean's birthday.... i miss you terribly!!
amanda skillern
August 25, 2012
Mary Normand - Inman
August 25, 2012
LIsa Campbell Crouch
October 13, 2011
Wow... my heart has been pricked! I knew Steve and Sean well. Sean and I went to Junior High School and Highschool together. My sister and Steve went to Mainland together. Such comedians! May you always reflect on the times that brought you joy and made you smile. Steve has gone from our midst, but will never be forgotten!
You are in my prayers... Please forgive me for the late response. I have moved out of the area.
Shenan Smith (Mainland Sr. High class of 1986)
September 27, 2010
Found my senior yearbook while moving. You've been on my mind. Time doesn't stop. xxx
Lisa Beth Campbell Crouch
September 13, 2010
Steve Steve STEVE
Yet another year has gone by. If you can see this... Ring Me Up!
Skip Duckett
May 18, 2010
Gone but never forgotten. Stephen was my cousin, whom I never had the opportunity to know.
Sammy Boyd
May 15, 2010
I'm so saddened by the lost of my friend. I've been trying to find him for a long time. My heart goes out to his family.
D Harvey
March 23, 2010
Steve was a great human being. I was so blessed to have known him, loved him and considered him a friend.
Frederick Warren
October 8, 2009
Was looking at old Hollyland Baseball pictures last weekend. Brought back many fond memories of you Steve.
Claire Cochran
October 8, 2009
Thinking of you today - and everyday. I miss you so much. All my love ~
Leah Ann Pint
October 7, 2009
I went to high school with Steve, and though I did not know him well, I still remember how gentle and kind he was. He always had such a great presence and made everyone feel accepted. I am very sad to learn that the world has lost such a good guy like Steve. My deepest prayers to the family.
Andrea Kerr Meincke
September 26, 2009
Waking up and thinking of you on this cool Fall morning.
March 26, 2009
I served onboard the Drum with Steve and was very sadden by the news of his passing when viewing the Drum website. He was a very fine sailor and well respected by the crew and myself. Even in the most difficult of circumstances he always had a smile and wise crack or two that made others laugh. He was a fine submarine sailor and it was a pleasure knowing him. Patrick Kountz (Chief of the Boat 91-94)
Patrick Kountz
April 26, 2008
I just found out about the loss of Steve. I served with Steve on the Drum and I am saddened for the family loss. Steve was a great person and a kind man. He will be deeply missed, my prayers to the Skillern Family.
Billy J. Snodgrass
September 14, 2007
Tennessee Snow
September 14, 2007
Paul and Stephen and Baseball
September 14, 2007
Stephen Paul U T Fan
September 12, 2007
Yes, the first year has passed and everytime I look at my buddy's picture I still can't believe it. Man how I wish I could pray him back here. I miss those great and fun times in Atlanta

Rest in Peace my Friend - God willing we will meet again soon!

your friend always and forever
al duckett
August 28, 2007
I am just finding out about the loss of Steve. It saddens me to here of his passing. We had so many good times growing up and playing soccer. I have so many fond memories of both Steve and Sean. It has been a few years since I spoke to Steve, but I found him online a few years ago and looked him up, we had great conversations and then lost contact again. I have been trying to find him for months now, knowing he would be at our reunion. Steve and Sean have always held a place in my heart, and Steve will be missed tremedously. I want to say that I know your loss, I lost my grandmother, my father and my nephew (Keith Hyland) with in 3 months. The loss is hard and each day is hard, it never gets better, but it does get easier to live day to day.
I am so sorry for your loss.
I want to thank your family for giving me the opportunity to know all of you and all of the great memories and pictures I have to cherish.
Thank you so much and my thoughts are with all of you.....

Lisa (Harding) Whalen
Lisa Whalen
August 24, 2007
Unbelievably
A year crept silently past
Hearts keep Steve present.

a haiku
Lisa Beth (Campbell) Crouch
December 20, 2006
My love and prayers to the Skillern family. I met Steve when your family started attending St. James' School, and you all became our friends. Tony and Becky join me in sending our condolences.
Sally Johnson
December 18, 2006
I am sorry to learn of Stephen's passing. I went to St. James school with him and Sean, and while that was a long time ago I recall that he was a really good guy (as well as formidable to play defense against on the soccer field). Please accept my sympathies for your loss.
Tom Johnson
December 16, 2006
I served with steve on the Drum and I am saddened for the family's loss. my prayers are out to you.
Harold Fletcher
October 25, 2006
Please accept my sincere condolences for your loss. I know this is a very trying time for you. Steve was without question one of the finest humans that I have known. It warms my heart to read the many happy memories that others had of him.

To the family (Ms. Skillern, Sandy, Leah Ann, brothers, nieces and nephews), please know that Steve loved and respected you greatly - this I know, because he told me so.

It is at times like this that I realize nothing in the world IS fair. I trust that we all will use this time to reflect on how we live our daily lives: using the way in which Steve lived his as our model.

"[Good] Old soldiers never die - they just fade away".
al duckett
October 20, 2006
To the Skillern Family: I am so sorry for your loss. Steve was so good. I only have fond memories of him.
Dawn Austin Payne
September 6, 2006
Meeting Steve in 1992 while living in San Diego was the best thing that ever happened to me. My heart breaks with his passing as he was the greatest friend that any individual could have and I loved him very much. Life will not be the same without him. I will always cherish our 14 years of memories. To Freeda, Sean, Sandy, Scott and the Skillern family - I love you all very much.
Leah Ann Pint
September 6, 2006
To the Skillern Family, I knew Steve since 2000, and I was very proud to call him a friend, he was a good man and will be surley missed, in life you don't meet many people like Steve.you meet him one time and seems like you've known him all your life.....this UT football season will be so hard on me with out him...again my heart goes out to you!
Dino Pope
September 4, 2006
Building sandcastles at the beach - 2005
September 4, 2006
Relaxing in Tennessee
September 4, 2006
Steve and A J
September 4, 2006
Enjoying the beach - March 2006
September 4, 2006
Stephen - May 2006
September 3, 2006
To the Skillern Family: I was very sad to hear of Steve's passing. Please accept my condolences during your time of loss. Although I did not spend time with Steve personally, it was evident during our years in high school that he had a great love for others. It is even clearer to me after reading about his life in the tribute in the newspaper that he dedicated his life to making the world a better place for many. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Theresa Smith Steele
September 3, 2006
To Steve's Family and Friends,

I have pondered for the last few weeks to say the right words, and I realized that life is so precious and many of us are very busy racing against time. I would like to share a few lines from a favorite poem.

"Ever told your child, 'we will do it tomorrow' and in your haste, not see his or her sorrow."

"Ever lost touch, let a good frienship die because you never had time to call and say 'hi'?"

"You better slow down. Don't dance so fast. Time is short and the music won't last."

My husband Scott and I wish a lifetime of wonderful memories will give strength to Steve's family and friends in the days ahead.

Again, "life is not a race, do take it slower, and hear the music before the song is over."

Sincerly,
Scott and Denise Blumberg Wells
Denise Blumberg
September 3, 2006
As a member of the class of 1987, Steve was a dedicated member of both the football, and baseball teams,a fun, loving and vibrant classmate who never new a stranger and always kept a smile and a kind word. He will be missed beyond measure but forever cherished for the person that he was. On behalf of the class of 1987 our prayers go out to the entire Skillern family.
President,
Class of "1987"
Derrick Henry
September 1, 2006
Friends:
Thank you all for your thoughts, prayers and tears.
Our hearts are aching, but we take comfort in sharing your memories of what a truly special person Steve was.
We love him dearly - and miss him so much.
Scott & Amanda Skillern
September 1, 2006
Steve will be missed greatly. He was a good friend from the first time I met him in elementary school and then again in high school. My prayers are with the Skillern Family, may God comfort you during this time and the days to come.
Robin Wiley
September 1, 2006
My heartfelt sympathy to your family. I attended high school with Steve and remember his sweet kindness. He was a good friend to many people. May the Lord be your comfort and give you peace during this difficult time. My prayers are with your family.
Michelle Freilich
August 31, 2006
My deepest heartfelt sympathies to all of the Skillern family. No mother should have to bear this cross. But, God in his infinite wisdom and mercies gives us tears to wash away some of the pain and our minds to hold onto and cherish the many memories. Steve shall surely be missed by many. The many years we shared as our kids grew together are fondly remembered.
My love and prayers are with you all.Claire Cochran, Eddie/Heather Kopicki's mom.
claire cochran
August 29, 2006
To the entire Skillern family:

I have memories dating back to Holly Land Park (the earlier years) when my brother played on your baseball team and I was the 'Bat Girl'. Having lost a sibling myself earlier this year, my heart aches for your family. I will keep you in my prayers. My God hold you close and may you find comfort knowing his spirit will remain with you forever!! I am so sorry for your loss!
Erika Treadway
August 28, 2006
I was shocked and saddened to hear of Steve's passing. My deepest, heartfelt sympathy goes out to you all. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
Julie Moisant
August 27, 2006
To the Skillern family,

I am very sorry for your loss. Steve worked at UPS with my husband and he was the nicest person I have ever met. May God comfort you during this hard time. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.
Alisa Dees
August 27, 2006
My prayers & condolences are with the family in this difficult time. You all will continually be in my prayers.
God Bless
Darlene Williams
August 27, 2006
To the Skillern Family: Words can not express how sorry I am to hear of such a great loss. Steve was a great friend to me at MSH. Even though we went our separate ways after HS, I often wondered how Steve was doing and always hoped for the best for him. I would have loved the chance to talk to him one more time. I will always have great memories of Steve and I together having a blast and trying not to get into too much trouble. Steve meant a lot to me and I hope that as my daughter grows older and goes to HS that she also will ahve a "STEVE" in her life.
Vicki (Vining) Judice
August 26, 2006
I was so sorry to hear of the passing of Stephen. I have nothing but fond memories of the Skillern family. My family and I played Holly Hill baseball with Steve, Sean and Scott. Stephen was one of the best ball players I ever had the pleasure to watch and coach. I have many memories of Holly HIll All Stars and just great clean competition between all the great kids that played in Holly Hill Baseball. It left me with ever lasting memories. Please know that Stephen was always a gentleman. Also a great team mate. I miss the days when we all would end up at Holly Land Park and "PLAY BALL". I was a lucky man, I got to coach Stephen Skillern. He was and is an All Star.
"Tex" Cochran
August 26, 2006
The joy of knowing someone is never dimmed when they leave this world. The memories we have of their life on earth are a bright light that will continue to glow in our hearts. We were blessed to know Steve even briefly.
Joyce Gish
August 26, 2006
I have many fond memories of Steve and our years at HHJH and MHS and recently in Atlanta, where we ran into each other on a beautiful, sunny day in Piedmont Park. We laughed like the old days. I will miss him.
Pamela Bonnema-McArthur
August 26, 2006
Steve was a good friend. He had a warm smile and big heart. He will be greatly missed. My thoughts and prayers are with the family in this difficult time. God bless.
Kathie Clancy-Harold
August 26, 2006
I am so sorry to hearing of Steve's passing. Words cannot undo the pain you must be feeling. I believe that Steve is in a better place, and we as friends and family are left to experience the loss. Know that he will be missed and that all my thoughts and prayers go out to you in your time of grief.
Geri McFall-Newman
August 26, 2006
Shocked is not the word. Sadness at the worlds' loss is more accurate. I have a special place in my heart for Stephen that only a few know and understand. I have many wonderful and fond memories of Stephen and our time together over the years as well as when we lived together in San Diego. The thing I will always love the most is the twinkle in Stepehen's eyes. Freeda, Sean, Sandy, Scott - my thoughts and prayers of comfort go out to you. May God's Peace, Love and Light guide you through this transition.
Heather Kopicki
August 26, 2006
our thoughts and prayers are with you in this sad time. Our condolences on your loss.
Chris Hartsfield
August 26, 2006
My son Shannon Treadway played baseball with Steve and his father was our coach, we had such great times back then, so many years ago. I am saddened to learn of Steve passing and hope there is a large support group around the family. Having lost a child in Jan of this year at age 30, we know all to well what that pain is like. No parent should loose a child. Please accept our sympathy and prayers and know that we are thinking of you all. Take time to grieve and be together as a family.
Trish McClancy mother of Shannon Treadway.
Trish McClancy
August 26, 2006
I am very sorry to hear of Steve's passing, I went to Mainland with Steve. He was such a kind person. We would run into each other once and a while after our highschool years and would always talk about what was happening in our lives. He will be missed by many even if we all did not stay in daily contact. My deepest sympathy goes out to the Skillern family at this time. God Bless you all.
Antia Reber-Burnette
August 25, 2006
My thoughts and prayers go out to your family during this very difficult time. May God bless and strengthen you all during your time of need.
Tony Demps
August 25, 2006
I'm so deeply sorry to hear the passing of Steve. My thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Skillern family. I will cherish and always remember the times we had in school and playing baseball. Sincere sympathies.
Terry Stiltner
August 25, 2006
I Have not heard from the family since We all played baseball with each other back in elementary and jr. high school.I knew I would here about steve again but I figured it would be on draft day with a big sports team. I am very sorry for the the loss of such a great hearted person who taught me alot about baseball and sportsmanship.One of the last times I saw him was at my Birthday party At starlite skate rink all the brothers gave me a gold baseball glove and ball necklace.I will never forget that day.My prayers are with the family. Sincerly Shannon Treadway
Shannon Treadway
August 25, 2006
I was saddened and shocked at the news of Steve's passing. I have many fond memories of Steve through the years since 6th grade. My deepest sympathies to the Skillern family and you will be in my thoughts and prayers.
Mary Moisant
August 25, 2006
Our family is deeply saddened to hear of Steve's passing and send our sincere sympathy to all of his loved ones. I recall fondly all of the Skillern kids from their years at St. James Episcopal School and send each of you warm hugs. Know that you are covered in prayer and may God bless you.
With love,
Diane LeCrone
August 25, 2006
It just seems like yesterday that we were all just joking around and having such a good time at Mainland. It is sad how time slips away and we lose touch. I was so surprised and deeply saddened by the loss of your loving son. I know we don't have to tell you how wonderful a person he was, and such a caring brother and friend. I will miss him very much, but can rest knowing he is in a much better place. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your families.

Love,
Cara Sanders-Rogers and family
Cara Rogers
August 25, 2006
I too remember Steve as being exceptionally kind and caring and was very shocked to hear of his passing. Please know that I am praying that God give you strength and peace as you go through this difficult time.
Tammie Spencer Radikopf
August 25, 2006
I was shocked and saddened to hear of Steve's passing. I went to Mainland too and graduated in 1988. Your family is in my prayers. God Bless.
Sandy Stormant-Matthews
August 25, 2006
I am so sorry for your family's loss. I remember Steve fondly from our shared years in school. I pray God gives you all strength and peace. God Bless.
Kelley Bonner-Chichitano
August 25, 2006
To the Skillern family: I am so sorry for your loss. Please know that all of us that knew Steve and loved him deeply feel the loss, also. I have SO MANY fond memories of Steve that started at HHJH and then carried on to MHS. I will never ever forget his smile. Your family is in my prayers.
Teresa (Stearns) Campbell
August 25, 2006
My sincere and deepest sympathy to the Skillern Family. I grew up with Steve from Jr. High through highschool and he was a very special person to me. Very much like a brother. I am so very shocked and sad and I will pray for you all.
Ricci Gish-Monroe
August 24, 2006
Please accept my deepest sympathies.
Coach Michael Burton
August 24, 2006
I was saddened to hear of Steve's transition. My children went to school with Steve and his siblings. My daughter Kelly was especially close to Steve throughout their school years. I send light, love, and peace to the family and know that the spirit is still living. He touched so many hearts here on earth and we all have many happy memories.
Kay Gibby
August 24, 2006
Shock and grief overwhelm me at this moment. My deepest heartfelt sympathy to the family.
Lisa Campbell Crouch
August 24, 2006
Both Billy and I went to school with Steve and are so sad to hear of his passing. I will always remember him as one of the most fun loving, caring people I know. We are praying for your family and we take some comfort in knowing he is in a better place. God Bless!
Tina Verost Walden
August 24, 2006
Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort. As I told Russ, we are the one's suffering as Steve is in a better place now.
Russell & Barbara Sapsford
August 24, 2006
My heart is broken and weeps for it is hard to grasp the fact that Steve is no longer with us. Steve and Sean were my brother's and there will always be cherished memories of us together. Whether it was playing baseball, football, beach vollyball, UT football games, or just hanging out and dreaming about where our lives would take us, Steve was always an inspiration. He never let go of his dreams and my prayers are forever with you Freda, Sean, Scott, and Sandy. I pray God gives you strength and peace in your heart in time for I know Steve is in a better place and that now he waits until we are all reunited with him in Heaven. We will forever hold Steve in our heart forever and know he was loved deeply by me and my family.
Josh Fandrich
August 24, 2006
My families prayers go out to Steve's family. This was such a shock when I found out. In high school Steve was very well respected and I will always have great memories of the good old days when we played sports and were friends. God Bless
John Kirkman
August 24, 2006
I can't tell you not to cry cause tears flow from our souls to soothe our wounded hearts. We are clumsy human beings who when grief strickens we don't have the right words to offer comfort and we are powerless to take away your pain and hurt. My love goes out to all of you and I have the memory of all of you deep inside.Paul and Brian share this emptiness with you also.
Camille Sheppard
August 24, 2006
I was very surprised and am deeply sadden to read of Stephen's death. I went to school with him and Sean at Our Lady of Lourdes and our paths met again at Mainland. My sympathies are extended to his mom and family. God Bless you!
Mary Erthal
August 24, 2006
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. We share many happy memories of baseball and football with Steve. Freda, we lift you up today and pray that God will give you strength and satisfaction in knowing that Steve is in a better palce. We love you, Betty, Richard & Roger Solomon
Betty Solomon-Greene
August 24, 2006
To the Skillern Family:
You have our most sincere condolences. You know that our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Sharlene and Richard
Richard Tetzlaff Ed.D
August 24, 2006
I AM VERY SAD TO HEAR ABOUT STEVE. I GRADUATED WITH HIM MANY YEARS AGO FROM MAINLAND. I ALWAYS REMEMBER HIM AS VERY ACTIVE AND VIBRANT. WE WERE NOT CLOSE BUT WE NEW EACH OTHER. MY SYMPATHIES TO THE FAMILY.
CHERAY ECKERSEN-COONEY
CHERAY ECKERSEN-COONEY
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