Lee Memorial Funeral Home
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm Sunday, March 19, 2023 at Lee Memorial Funeral Home
Graveside service at 2:30 pm, Lee Memorial Park
Honoring a Fallen Hero, Who Served Within the Mississippi National Guard. “Fallen, Yet Not Forgotten”
In recognition of our proud American tradition of honorable service which our military men and women have given to their country and our State, we honor a Fallen Hero. Our nation, our state, and the National Guard Association of MS (NGAMS) regard the memorializing of its retired military deceased as an honorable and sacred obligation.
Another great Soldier and Fallen Hero has been released from duty, passed from our ranks on March 16, 2023, and has moved on to his heavenly home. SFC(Ret) Andy Lee Skelton, age 72, a retired member of the MS Army National Guard, who had worked full-time and served within the 185th Aviation Brigade and the 223rd Engineer Battalion has departed and gone to a better place with our good Lord.
It takes a special person to serve within the military for their country, giving up their family time, comfort, and safety for their country, ultimately for all Americans to enjoy their freedoms, safety, and way of life. We now applaud you for your service to our country. A special message from General Douglas McArthur remains applicable today for our servicemen that have passed: “Old Soldiers never die; they just fade away”.
Rest in Peace Soldier. We applaud your patriotism and brave efforts in serving our country and your family for their support of your service. We thank you for your service. Without your efforts and your families’ support, our country would not stand so boldly, shine so bright and live so free.
You now have earned a rest, so go fly with the Angels, go rest high on that mountain; your work on earth is done. Go to heaven a-shoutin’ Love for the Father and the Son.
Fallen, Yet Not Forgotten”
Obituary, visitation, and service details:
Andy Lee Skelton, age 72, passed away Thursday, March 16, 2023 at his home in Tupelo. He was born in Aberdeen on January 13, 1951 to John Coleman Nash and Ida Stewart Nash. He was a member of Brewer Baptist Church, and he volunteered at the local Food Pantry, he participated in Neighbors Helping Neighbors, and worked on many mission projects throughout the years. He retired from Active Army National Guard after serving 15 years and retired from Lee County Schools, where he served as an ISS teacher at Guntown Middle School, after 16 years. He enjoyed woodworking and spending time with his grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife Lisa Skelton of Tupelo; four daughters, Kelly Jernigan (Tim) of Pontotoc, Kim Moore of Carolina community, Amanda Robinson (Devin) of Columbus; Keri Murphy of Brewer community; four sons, Robert Skelton (Angie) of Tupelo, Richard Skelton (Paige) of Baldwyn, Michael Hendrik of Carolina community, Mark Murphy of Shannon; fifteen grandchildren; six great grandchildren; two sisters, Angelique Brewer (Ron) of Aberdeen and Sharon Ross (David) of Muskogee, OK; special uncle, Otis Stewart (Billie Jean) of Tupelo; and Special Companion, Aspyn.
He is preceded in death by his parents; brother, Johnny Nash; and sister, Nancy Knight.
Visitation will be 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm Sunday, March 19, 2023 at Lee Memorial Funeral Home. Graveside service will follow at 2:30 pm in Lee Memorial Park with Bro. Tim Tutor officiating. Lee Memorial Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital
Pallbearers will be Josh Brewer, Jason Knight, Nick Knight, Robert Godfrey, Jim Long, and Phil Poe. Honorary Pallbearers will be Johnny Ray Knight, David Ross, Ron Brewer, Charles Talley, Sonny Osburn, Eddie McPherson, and David Baskin.