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William M. 'Bill' Skiles

April 18, 2012

William M. "Bill" Skiles, 95, of Big Spring died Sunday, April 15, 2012, in a local hospital. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, April 20, 2012, at the Nalley-Pickle & Welch Rosewood Chapel with Dr. Randy Cotton, pastor of Trinity Baptist Church, officiating. Interment will follow at Trinity Memorial Park.

Bill was born Nov. 28, 1916, in Rough Creek Community, Texas, and married Alyene M. Bennett on Jan. 28, 1956, in Lovington, N.M. She preceded him in death April 1, 2010.

Mr. Skiles was a native of Somervell County and grew up in Eastland County. He moved to the Forsan area in 1934. Between oilfield jobs he worked intermittently for Cosden, but at the turn of the decade he embarked on Army life in Texas, Colorado, California and Oregon. At the end of five years, he withdrew as a sergeant.

Cosden's pipeline department signed him on as a pipefitter Sept. 6, 1946. Later, he applied his skill as a pump mechanic before being promoted to maintenance foreman for the pipeline department.

He enjoyed golfing, trout fishing in Colorado and New Mexico and hunting.
He was a member of the American Legion and Forsan Service Club.
Survivors include one son, Danny Roberts and wife Linda of Fort Worth; one daughter, Glynda Bradley and husband Jerry of Lake Ivie; ten grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.

He also was preceded in death by his parents, Jake and Grace (Shade) Skiles; two brothers; and one sister.

Arrangements are under the direction of Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory of Big Spring. Online condolences can be made at:

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