Wavie B. Skaggs
1933 – 2022
Wavie B. Skaggs, 88 of Chalybeate left this life with his family singing around his bedside on Friday February 4, 2022. He was born on October 6, 1933 in the Midway Community of Edmonson County to the late Paul Skaggs, Sr and Josie Browning Skaggs. He was married to his devoted and loving wife of sixty-eight years, Lynn Jackson Skaggs, who survives. Lynn stood by his side, was his companion and took care of all his needs.
Wavie served in the United States Army from 1954 to 1956 and graduated from barber school after completing his military service. He became a barber at Dye’s Barber Shop in Bowling Green, KY and retired after forty years.
He was saved during a revival in Holly Springs (Grassland) at the age of twelve and later moved to the community of Chalybeate with his family. He joined Chalybeate United Baptist Church in 1956 and was ordained a deacon there in September 1966. He held many church roles over the years, including song leader and administrator, and was a faithful member until his health prevented him from attending. .
He had a great love for singing and gospel music and was part of different quartets over the years, but he enjoyed singing the most with his family and with the choir at church. He was known for his character, his work ethic and his large vegetable gardens, of which he was very proud. At the time of his death, including children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, there were fifty-nine members of his family, most still living nearby and attending the same church.
Besides his wife, he leaves to honor his memory five children, Debbie Doyle (Steve), Steve Alan Skaggs (Jill), Eric Skaggs (Susie), Scott Skaggs (Michelle) and Melanie Elmore (Shane); fourteen grandchildren, Darren Doyle (Debbie), Shane Doyle (Jessica), Sarah Childress (Jarrid), Elliott Skaggs, Dustin Doyle (Aubrey), Daniel Skaggs (Kori), Emily Ellis (Dustin), Tyler Skaggs (Morgan), Katie Tennison (Cody), Jackson Skaggs (Lindsey), Leah Lindsey (Justin), Nathan Elmore (Faith), Caleb Skaggs (Maddie) and Holden Skaggs, plus twenty-one great-grandchildren; three sisters, Carlene Ray (Morton), Barbara Cowles (Donald) and Joan Blanton (Mike); two brothers, Carlton Skaggs and Kerry Skaggs (Phyllis), and a host of nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his stepmother, Edna Jackson, his stepfather, Jack Jackson and his six siblings, Bro. Junior Skaggs, Ella Dean Cales, Kathleen Rhea, George Chester Skaggs, James William Skaggs and Elna Mae Skaggs.
Interment will be in Kinser Cemetery with full military honors at the cemetery by Nesbit Alexander Memorial Post #6937 VFW. Memorial contributions may be made to: Kinser Cemetery Fund, c/o Lee Ann Elmore, 940 Noah Bledsoe Road, Smiths Grove, KY 42171.
11:00 a.m., Sunday, February 6, 2022 – until time of service at Chalybeate United Baptist Church
2:00 p.m., Monday, February 7, 2022 at Chalybeate United Baptist Church