Obituary of Skilly French
Skilly French, 77, of Cherokee passed away peacefully Monday, November 20, 2017. A native of Cherokee, he was the son of the late Meroney and Viola Twinn French. He was a U.S. Navy Veteran.
He was preceded in death by two sisters, Mary Standingdeer and Winnie Scott; six brothers, Landon, Roy, Johnny, George and Dump French and Jack Lindsey; and one son, Daniel French.
He is survived by his wife of 27 years, Bessie French; children, Tracie, Eddie, Randy and Patsy French and Erin Tyner; two stepchildren, Sunshine Toineeta and Tammie Ledford; 26 grandchildren; 27 great grandchildren; and Kendall and Anthony, the light of his life.
He is also survived by three sisters, Delores Maney, Yvonne Bushyhead, Lucetta French; one brother, Gary French; and longtime childhood friend, Bert Swimmer.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 pm Friday at the Cherokee United Methodist Church with Don Turman and Jess French officiating. Burial will be in the Yellowhill Veterans Cemetery with military graveside rites conducted by the Steve Youngdeer American Legion Post 143.
The family will receive friends from 11am – 2 pm Friday at the church.
Pallbearers will be grandsons.
Crisp Funeral Home was established in 1997 by Michael L. Crisp to better serve the families of Swain County and surrounding areas.
669 Highway 19 South - PO Box 1639
Bryson City, NC 28713
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