STATESVILLE James Reid "Jackie" Skeen Jr., 77, of Statesville, went home to meet Jesus, his Lord and Savior Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019, at his home, after an extended illness. Born Dec. 12, 1941, in Iredell County, he was the son to the late James Reid "Jack" and Lillian Gantt Skeen. Jackie, along with his siblings, was raised by their grandparents, the late Estelle and Shorty Gantt. He retired from South Eastern Freight and spent more than 50 years as a truck driver. Jackie loved to golf, fish, spend time with his family at their home in the mountains and attend Church in the Wildwood in Traphill. In addition to his parents and grandparents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Bobby Gantt. Left to cherish his loving memory is his wife of 57 years, Carolyn Hunter Skeen; daughter, Christina Skeen Layfield; and grandson, William Reid Layfield. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, Jackie's request was for memorials be made to St. Jude Children's Hospital, 501 St. Jude Pl., Memphis, TN 38105. Online condolences can be made to the family at and Nicholson Funeral Home is serving the family of James "Jackie" Skeen.

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