Virginia C. Skelton

  • Born: December 4, 1935
  • Died: April 3, 2021
  • Location: Clemson, South Carolina

Duckett-Robinson Funeral Home & Crematory

108 Cross Creek Road
Central, SC 29630
Tel. (864) 639-2411

Tribute & Message From The Family

Virginia Lee Cole Skelton of Clemson, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, died at home shortly after 8 am on April 3, 2021, following several months of declining health. The family is grateful for the caregivers and medical support professionals who helped so faithfully.

Ginny was born, December 4, 1935 in Anderson, SC, and was the daughter of Virginia Hooper Cole and Horace Lee Cole. She was married for 67 years to Thomas E. Skelton who survives her.

In addition to her parents, Ginny was predeceased by her oldest son, Thomas Jr. She is survived by her children LeighAnne Wilson (Sam) and Jonathan Cole Skelton. She leaves 9 grandchildren: Thomas III (Lindsay), Ashley Poulos (Chris), Adam Wilson (Erica), Rebecca Wilson, Daniel Wilson (Bekah), Jonathan Wilson (Laura), Michael Wilson (Emma), Andrew Wilson and Stephen Wilson. Five great-grandchildren are Kylie Poulos, Ava Poulos, Allie Wilson, Nora Wilson, and Luke Wilson.

Ginny graduated from Clemson University in 1958, the first woman to complete all courses at Clemson for the baccalaureate degree. And she did it in three years. Later she served Clemson on the Foundation Board, the Women's Council, the Alumni Council and was the first woman to serve as president of the Alumni Association. She was an honorary member of Tiger Brotherhood and was named "Mother of the Year" in 1997. She received Clemson University Alumni Association's Distinguished Service Award in1998.

She earned a Master's Degree in math education from the University of Georgia in 1969. Following graduation from Clemson, Ginny taught Freshman Chemistry from 1958 to 1961 and later taught Chemistry and Math in Easley and Daniel High Schools.

She started a real estate company, was active in real estate for 20 years, and retired in 1997 to spend more time with her family. She enjoyed playing bridge, golf, and growing orchids; and was an accomplish pianist. Her community interests included serving on the YMCA Board and, for many years, assisting with fund raising for the Heart Association.

Ginny was a member of Clemson First Baptist Church for over 62 years where she served as a deacon, member of many committees, and taught the College Sunday Class for 18 years.

Visitation with the family will be held at 1 pm on Thursday, April 8 in the Family Life Center of the Clemson First Baptist Church, 397 College Avenue, Clemson, followed by a Funeral Service at 2 pm in the church sanctuary. Burial will follow in Old Stone Church Cemetery. Grandsons serving as pallbearers are Thomas Skelton III and Adam, Daniel, Jonathan, Michael, and Andrew Wilson.

Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, facial coverings and social distancing protocols will be required. You may also view the service on the church website, Facebook, and YouTube.

In lieu of flowers, the family would be pleased, if memorials are made, they are made to the Building Fund of Clemson First Baptist Church, 397 College Avenue, Clemson, SC 29631 or to the Class of 1958 Endowed Scholarship at Clemson University Foundation, 110 Daniel Drive, Clemson, SC 29631.

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Condolence & Memory Journal

Dear Tom, You truly shared a remarkable lady and wonderful family with many of us who were so lucky to have you as a professor while attending Clemson. Once you became friends with Tom, you became friends with Mrs Skelton and their entire family . Our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family. If your ever down my way in Florida , the key is under the mat and we will leave the porch light on for you . Sincerely , I am , G .G. Galloway

Posted by G.G. Galloway - Ormond Beach, FL - Friend   April 10, 2021

Mrs. Skelton certainly leaves a legacy of contributing to and serving her community. Please accept our regrets about your loss. May the Lord comfort you and strengthen your bond, amen. Old C-Btry friend

Posted by Bill Berry - Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD - Served in the Military together   April 08, 2021

Tom and Ginny have always been the most gracious people. I remember fondly going on antiquing jaunts with Ginny and Jane Eidson. I'm sure they will have a lot to say to each other when they meet in heaven. Ginny has been a great ambassador for Clemson University and the city proper. She will be missed.

Posted by Ethel Pettigrew - Clemson, SC - Acquaintance   April 08, 2021


The news of Ginny's passing truly breaks our hearts. She was such an amazing woman and wonderful friend. Please know that you, Ginny and the entire Skelton family are always in our prayers. Our home will forever be yours and Ginny's home. Sharon and I love you very very much and are always here for you dear friend. Love, Rus and Sharon Kingman

Posted by Rus Kingman - Clemson, SC - Friend   April 07, 2021

Tom, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I always enjoyed talking with you and Ginny. And Ginny was so supportive of the YMCA as a board member and as a friend. You all are in our prayers!

Posted by Charles Baker - Clemson, SC - Friend   April 07, 2021

My sympathy.

Tom Marchant+
379 Golden Bear Dr, J2
Pawleys Island, SC 29585

Posted by Tom Marchant - Pawleys Island, SC - Friend   April 07, 2021

Tom, I am so sorry for your loss. I know you have lost a wonderful woman and partner, and I pray that you will find peace and comfort. "In my distress I called upon the LORD; to my God I cried for help. From His temple He heard my voice, and my cry to Him reached His earsHe reached down from on high, He took me; He drew me out of mighty waters." Psalm 18:6

Posted by Shelley Barbary Fones - EASLEY, SC - Friend   April 06, 2021

My heartfelt sympathy goes to the entire family. Tom, I know you are saddened by this great loss but we appreciate your sharing Ginny with us as she was certainly a pioneer at Clemson University and a mentor for many women. Thank you for sharing her with all of us over the years. Thinking of all of you.

Posted by Almeda Jacks - Clemson, SC - Friend   April 06, 2021

I remember Mrs. Skelton as my Geometry teacher at Daniel HS. She was an awesome teacher, and I loved her class. I also remember that she was always stylishly dressed...with perfectly coiffed hair. To a teenage girl, that was important. I will always have wonderful memories of her. I pray that the family will be comforted by God's love and care.

Posted by Jo Terry - Clinton, SC - Student   April 06, 2021

We loved Mrs. Skelton! Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. In love and sympathy, Sherri Griffin Seymour & family

Posted by Sherri Seymour - Daniel Island, SC - Family Friend   April 05, 2021

On behalf of the the entire McPeak family, I want to express my deepest sympathies. May Mrs. Skelton rest in peace.
Timothy McPeak and the McPeak Family.

Posted by Timothy McPeak - Neighbor   April 05, 2021

It was always such a treasure to see you both. Always so thoughtful and kind to everyone. Tommy, you and your family are in our prayers! Rosalind and Mike Murphy

Posted by Michael and Rosalind Murphy - Family   April 05, 2021

It is my sincere prayer that the Skelton Family will experience the peace and comfort of the Holy Spirit in a very special way during this difficult season of mourning and bereavement and beyond. Ginny was among God's choice servants and her legacy as a Christian leader will live on for a long time. Please accept my deepest sympathy. John W. Parris, Columbia, SC

Posted by John W. Parris - Friend   April 05, 2021

Tommy, I am sorry for your loss. She was a great lady.

Posted by W L Cantrell Jr. - Williamston, SC - Served in the Military together   April 05, 2021

Mac and I are heart broken to hear of Jenny's death! Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you!! Love, Mac and Elaine Horton

Posted by Mac Horton - Blythewood, SC - Family Friend   April 05, 2021

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