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James H. "Jimmy" Skates, age 72, of Dalton passed away on Monday, October 23, 2017, surrounded by his loving family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his father, Robert G. Skates Jr.; mother, Amanda Pauline "Polly" Skates; sister and brother-in-law, Shirley and Arthur Johnson.
Jimmy was a member of Salem Baptist Church and the Potter's Clay Sunday School Class. He served in the U. S. Army Reserves and was retired as Service Manager and Service Advisor for auto dealerships in Dalton for 40+ years. He was also a licensed Realtor with Coldwell Banker Kinard Realty at the time of his death.
He is survived by his loving wife, Janice D. Skates of Dalton; daughter and son-in-law, Mandy Skates Hayes and Kelly Hayes of Dalton; son and daughter-in-law, James Eric Skates and Laura Mauldin Skates of Canton, GA; grandchildren, Everett Davis Hayes of Dalton, Mauldin James Skates, Estelle Lillian "Elle" Skates and Willa Darling Skates, all of Canton, GA. Also surviving are extended family members, sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Jack and Nadine Davis, Willena and Shelby Peeples, Jr. and Lloyd Davis, all of Dalton; special nieces and nephews who provided unconditional love and support during his illness. Special thanks to Debbie Smith, J. W. & Sherrie Cline, Joey Kelly and numerous DHS friends who prayed and visited with him frequently as well as Julie and Heather with Hamilton Home Health, and his Church family for their exceptional care.
The funeral service to honor the life of Jimmy Skates was held Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. at the Pleasant Grove Chapel of Julian Peeples Funeral Home with Rev. Darey Kittle and Rev. Bill Walker officiating.
Burial was in Whitfield Memorial Gardens.
The family received friends at the funeral home on Tuesday from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Whitfield Healthcare Foundation in memory of Jimmy Skates for the Peeples Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 1168, Dalton, GA 30722-1168 or online at Hamiltonhealth.com.
You may leave the family a message or light a candle on the tribute wall at www.julianpeeples.com
Funeral arrangements are by Julian Peeples Funeral Home, Pleasant Grove Chapel, Dalton. For further information, call (706) 259-7455.
Published on October 26, 2017
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