Raymond Skidmore, Jr. ’55

Raymond Skidmore, Jr. 88, of Norwood passed away Tuesday morning, October 26, 2021 at Atrium Stanly in Albemarle, NC.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, October 30, 2021 at First United Methodist Church in Norwood. Rev. Dr. Mark L. Barden will officiate and interment will follow in Norview Gardens. The family received friends from 6 to 8 p.m., Friday, October 29, 2021 at Edwards Funeral Home.
Raymond was born March 18, 1933 in Stanly County to the late Raymond Skidmore, Sr. and Margaret Payne Skidmore.
As a young boy he was a member of the Boy Scouts, having earned the honor of Eagle Scout.
He was a 1951 graduate of Norwood High School and attended Davidson College, where he played tennis. Raymond was a 1955 graduate of High Point College, where he played tennis and basketball and was a member of Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity.
He spent most of his career as a distribution manager with Young Manufacturing and later retired from Stanly Fixtures. He was a lifetime member of First United Methodist Church in Norwood, where he was active in all phases of the church until his death.
He was actively involved with the Town of Norwood, town commissioner for 35 years and elected as Mayor from 1983-1985. He served on the ABC board for 17 years, having also served as chairman. He was a founding member of the Norwood Jaycees and a member of the Norwood Lions Club.
The Skidmore Building in Darrell Almond park was dedicated on October 17, 2004.
Raymond was a proud supporter of South Stanly High School football and announced football games for 27 years.
He is survived by his daughters, Jenny Skidmore Curlee (Vondell) of Albemarle and Ellen Skidmore Wood (Bob) of Charlotte; grandchildren, Anna Eudy (Sam), Ross Curlee, Rob Wood, Katie McElravey (Jack) and Claire Wood; great-grandson, Rhett Eudy; his companion of 45 years, Joy Maner Lee of Norwood, her son and his family, Walt, Hillary, Gabby and Lilly Lee of Key West, FL; brother, Tommy Skidmore (Diane) of Norwood and Peggy Weathersbee (Steve) of Monroe.
Memorials may be made to: First United Methodist Church, P. O. Box 948, Norwood, NC 28128.