Charles Brightman Skinner
Charles Brightman Skinner, a lifelong resident of Jacksonville, Florida and known to all as a true Southern gentleman, passed away on Sunday, June 2, 2019 at the age of 93.
He was born May 29, 1926 to Arthur Chester Skinner Sr. and Virginia Brightman Skinner.
He attended Southside Grammar School, Landon Junior High School and graduated from The Bolles School in 1943, where he played football, basketball and baseball. Brightman attended Clemson College for one year, then worked with his father the following summer to disperse the family dairy herd.
He was then inducted into the United States Army in February 1945, where he received his infantry basic training. Brightman was on a Liberty ship on its way to the invasion of Japan when the atomic bombs brought World War II to an end. He was subsequently headquartered in Hawaii for one year, where he achieved the rank of staff sergeant.
Upon his discharge from the Army in September 1946, he attended the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida. He was a member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture in February 1949.
That same year, he married his longtime sweetheart, Violet Finney Walters of Jacksonville. They shared more than 65 years of marriage together.
Brightman and his brother, A. Chester Skinner Jr., owned and operated their dairy, Meadowbrook Farms, from 1950 to 1985. He was instrumental in the development of Jacksonville’s Southside with land donations to the University of North Florida, St. Luke’s Hospital and right-of-way donations for Southside Blvd, J. Turner Butler Blvd and Interstate 295.
He was an avid deer and dove hunter, fisherman and enjoyed hunting for many years at the “He Otter Hunting Club” on the family property. He loved hiking, woodworking, and the outdoors.
Brightman was especially fond of the mountains of North Carolina and made Cashiers his home away from home. He developed the Cashiers residential communities of Spring Forest, Hickory Ridge, Pinnacle Ridge and Holly Berry Estates. He and Violet attended Cashiers United Methodist Church for many years and were members of Cedar Creek Racquet Club and Sapphire Valley Country Club.
He is preceded in death by his loving wife Violet and their daughter Susan Thomas (Lanny) of Rome, Georgia.
He is survived by his brother, A. Chester Skinner, Jr. (Connie) and sister Mary Virginia Jones of Jacksonville, Florida; and his children, Patty Campbell (Doug) of Highlands, Bright Skinner (Randie) of Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, Randy Skinner (Tracy) of Jacksonville, Florida; and 10 grandchildren, who affectionately refer to him as “Papa,” Page Thomas, Brightman Thomas, Jessica Campbell, Matthew Campbell, Brightman Skinner III, Read Skinner, Gracie Skinner, Tom Skinner, Will Skinner and Anna Skinner.
Donations may be made to Highlands Cashiers Health Foundation at P.O. Box 742, Highlands, NC 28741, Village on the Green, or Boys and Girls Club of the Plateau.