Opal Ruth Skinner, age 80, died on February 2, 2022, in Shreveport, LA. She was born on November 20, 1941, in Pineville, LA, to William and Ida Belle Brinkley.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Ida Belle Brinkley; father, William Brinkley; brother, Buddy "Pop" Brinkley; sisters, Francis Brown, Jean Bailey, Nadine Bailey, Camille Grant, Freda Reynolds, and Willie Belle Friel; grandson, Ben Hooker; and former spouse, Thomas Carl Skinner.
She is survived by her sister, Patsy Martin; brother, Johnny Brinkley; very special friend, Ralph "Eddy" Yount; special "co-parents," Leona "Leonie" Yount, Vicky Jackson-Yount, and Betty Swan; her daughter, Kimberly (Dennis) Pfotenhauer; grandkids, Denise Holder, William "Billy" Holder (Jeannie Warwick), Ashlee Holleman, Sandra (Bruce) Jones, DJ Wilson, Denny Pfotenhauer, and Savannah Bailey; great-grandchildren, Jayden Johnson, Eric "EJ" Darnell, Anaiyah Darnell, Ja'money Holder, Lyrick Mason, Juan Turner Jr., Hunter Montelbano, James "Bubba" Greer, Zaylynn Holleman, A'mari Holleman, Michael Jones, and Domingo Jones; her daughter, Tomie (Mike) Veuleman; family dogs, Martin, Roxy, and Ozzy; granddaughter, Laura (Landen) Vines; grandson, Hunter Vines; grandson, Ty (Katy) Sims; great-grandson, Gunner Sims; great-granddaughter, Alaina Sims; granddaughter, Brittney (Chanler Lee) Sims; great-granddaughter, Kaida Sims; great-granddaughter, Blakely Lee; her daughter, Nicole Mulkey; grandsons, Christopher (Kristen) Rivet, great-grandchildren, Ryder Scannel and Jaxon Scannel; and Joseph (Holly Brooks) Mulkey; her daughter, Debra (Kenneth) Wilson; grandson, J.D. (Manda Kay) Philyaw; great-grandkids, Kaden Cunningham, Madison Philyaw, Bentley Philyaw, and Madilyn Brooks; grandson, Drew (Bergundie Prichett) Wilson; great-grandkids, Maxxon and Paizlee Wilson; granddaughter, Dixie (Corey Lane) Wilson; great-granddaughter, Brinley Lane; special granddaughter, Katie Holleman; bonus kids, Eddy Yount, Renae Yount, Jeff Bussey, Teresa Wood, and BJ Nichols; special nephew, Casey Bell; special niece, Pamela Williams; and numerous close cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends.