Larnie “Lawrence” Skaggs, 78, son of William and Lillie Jane (Baney) Skaggs, was born August 13, 1930 in Bendavis, Missouri. He went to be with His Lord on March 30, 2009 at his home in Cabool, Missouri.
Lawrence grew up in the Bendavis community, attending school there. He joined the U. S. Army September 9, 1948, serving with an infantry unit in Okinawa. He was discharged from the regular Army May 6, 1950. He then enlisted in the Army Reserve and was discharged on November 8, 1951.
On September 20, 1950 Lawrence and Bernice Walker were married by Rev. Walter Baker at his home in Upton, Missouri.
He is preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Mae and Martha Volner; six brothers, Noah, Virgil, Ernest, Pete, Jerry and Francis; and one grandson, Dustin Skaggs.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Bernice of Cabool; five children, Junior Skaggs and wife Jeanie of Pittsboro, Indiana, Dennis and wife Deborah Skaggs of Cabool, Angela Massey and husband Clinton of Salem, Missouri, Laura Lybyer and fiancé Lance Jones of Houston, Missouri, and Rollie Skaggs and wife Nickie of Marceline, Missouri: one brother, Cleo Jackson Skaggs of Mansfield, Missouri; 16 grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren; and many other family and friends made throughout the years.
Lawrence grew up working on the farm where he cared for the garden and stock and helped with the maintenance of farm equipment. This experience helped him after he was released from the service. He loved working in his shop, taking care of his garden and making sure his yard was kept well manicured. He also enjoyed taking time to be outside hunting.
Lawrence was saved when he was 20 years old. He was a member of Fowler Church and was a deacon there for over 30 years. He was a faithful servant in the body of Christ, always ready to be used for the Lord. He was always available when any need arose at the church.
Lawrence was a man who loved his family very much. He was a loving husband and father and loved being with his family. Many good times were had together as they shared meals, holidays or just family gatherings. Lawrence loved the Lord and because of that he leaves a wonderful legacy to his family. Many memories were made together that will be shared for years to come. He will be missed, but now he is with the One he served here on earth.
Services will be 11:00 a.m. Friday, April 3, 2009, at Evans Funeral Home with Pastors Bill Kelly and Clinton Massey officiating. Visitation will be from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Thursday, April 2, 2009, in the chapel. Burial will be in Murr Cemetery under the direction of Evans Funeral Home.