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Eugene Skaggs

October 9, 1957 — February 3, 2021

Born in Louisville, KY on October 9, 1957 Departed on February 3, 2021 and resided in Gallatin, TN Gathering of friends and family: Alexander Funeral Home and Cremation CenterFriday February 12, 2021 4:00pm to 7:00pm
Rev. Eugene "Gene" Hamilton Skaggs

Born in Louisville, KY on October 9, 1957

Departed on February 3, 2021 and resided in Gallatin, TN

Gathering of friends and family: Alexander Funeral Home and Cremation Center Friday February 12, 2021 4:00pm to 7:00pm

Reverend Eugene "Gene" Hamilton Skaggs age 63 of Gallatin, TN passed away February 3, 2021. He was born October 9, 1957 in Louisville, Kentucky to the late Everett Lee and Doris Jean (Rucker) Skaggs.

Gene is survived by loving wife, Pamela; son Stuart (Elizabeth) Skaggs; daughter, Hope (Joshua) Moses; grandchildren, Luke, Seth and Mary Kate Moses, Addison and Caroline Skaggs; sister, Vonda (Robert) Sisco.

Gene was musically gifted from an early age. Whether it was playing a multitude of instruments or his beautiful singing voice, Gene's love and talent for music was evident. Upon moving to Gallatin from Louisville, Kentucky, the Skaggs family attended First Baptist Church Gallatin. Gene went on to graduate from Gallatin High School. He was a proud member of the band, choir, theatrical department, and was named drum major of the marching band. Gene was also actively involved in the youth choir at FBC Gallatin. During a youth trip he caught the eye of a young lady named Pam Bottom who quickly became the love of his life. Gene and Pam would go on to be married for forty-three years, having two children, Hope and Stuart, as well as five grandchildren.

Throughout their early years of marriage, Gene sang in the Gospel group "The New Sunshine Boys." Gene knew that the Lord had given him the gift of music to be used for His glory. For the last 25+ years Gene faithfully served as a Music Minister in churches within Sumner, Macon, Wilson, and Davidson counties. He recently retired from Westwood Baptist Church in Nashville, TN after sixteen years of service.

Although a lifetime of ministry was a blessing for Gene, his greatest passion was his love for the Lord and his family. Gene was a faithful husband and devoted father. He was always ready to tell you what a wonderful wife Pam was, or what his two children, Hope and Stuart, and their spouses were up to. In recent times, "Poppy" would brag on his five grandchildren who he adored deeply.

While Gene's absence in our lives will forever be felt, we will never doubt his enduring love for us.

The family will receive friends Friday, February 12, 2021 from 4pm until 7pm at Alexander Funeral Home & Cremation Center.

*If you are planning to attend visitation, please wear a mask and practice social distancing.

Alexander Funeral Home & Cremation Center in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be submitted at (615) 502-0011; Obit Line (615) 502-0555

27 Comments Ruth Hamilton Johnson February 10, 2021 at 5:30 pm - Reply

Gene will be forever missed at Westwood. Of all the things I have missed during this worshipping online time, his special music is number one. I loved to hear Gene sing. Everyone knew where his heart was when he sang. Gene could lead the smallest of church choirs to sound wonderful. I am sure he and Larry will join a quartet in Heaven.
Pam, Stu, Hope, and those 5 beautiful baby grands, you are in my prayers.
Ruth Hamilton Johnson.

Jody Burns February 10, 2021 at 6:58 pm - Reply

Well said Ruth Johnson! Gene exemplified the love of God with kindness and patience (especially me trying to learn Media Shout)! His joy was contagious and should be among the Saints. Pam, words cannot express feelings we all have as we lift you and all the family into the arms and comfort of Jesus! He is faithful and we can look forward to hearing that wonderful choir to welcome us home one day but until then, praise Jesus for all the wonderful memories (VBS too) that bring us continued joy as we think of his faithful service through the years. All praise and Glory to Father God! Love, Jody & WendellߙϢܝ️

Dianne Anderson February 10, 2021 at 9:22 pm - Reply

This one man has been a very positive influence on my children down through the years along with Pam who we all love so very much. I so enjoyed working with him in the choir at Westwood Baptist Church. He was a very quiet soul and so patient with us. God bless his memory and the legacy he has left behind , we will miss him so much. Pam.Stuart and Hope our prayers are with you.

Bev Brimm February 10, 2021 at 10:59 pm - Reply

Pam, Hope & Stuart, Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Gene was a wonderful man a great father and I know he loved those grandchildren. If you should need anything at all, please do not hesitate to call us. Bev Mike Jess Matt & Christina Brimm

Patricia Bostic February 10, 2021 at 11:17 pm - Reply

It has been so heartbreaking hearing of Gene‘s death Pam I am so sorry for your family while they will be rejoicing in Heaven welcoming Gene home I know he will forever be missed here on earth . I am thankful that I have the cassettes from all the singing during the years at Westwood so Gene Will be singing around our house from time to time God bless you all my love Patty Bostic

Diane Bain February 11, 2021 at 12:15 am - Reply

Pam and family,

I am so sorry for your loss. I really enjoyed getting to know Bro Gene and singing in the choir under his direction. He is truly going to be missed. He loved his family so much. You and your family are in my prayers. Love you

Diane Gregory February 11, 2021 at 12:50 am - Reply

My heart is breaking for you and your family. My prayers for all of you. Gene was a wonderful man and will be truly missed.

Pat Large February 11, 2021 at 2:08 am - Reply

I am so sorry to learn Gene passed away.. we started going to First Baptist Gallatin many many years ago and then went to College Heights Baptist Church for a very long time together. This is a shock! Prayers for his wife and children and grandchildren. Pat Large

jennifer pirtle February 11, 2021 at 2:34 am - Reply

Pam,Hope&Stuart, I am so sorry for y’alls loss and I will miss his facebook responses to Misty:) I am very grateful to know where he is and I personally look forward to joining him:)He will be missed! Prayers for comfort!!!!!

Sheila Johnson Smith February 11, 2021 at 1:29 pm - Reply

Pam I am shocked and so very sorry for your great loss. Gene was the same person every time I saw him from the time we met until the last I saw him. I will remember him as a person who appeared always to be full of Joy. God bless you and comfort your sweet family.

Susan Foster February 11, 2021 at 6:19 pm - Reply

I felt a shift in this world when I read of Genes passing. My heart, love and prayers go out to the family. Gene was such an inspiration and blessing in my life.

Ann Wyllie February 11, 2021 at 6:53 pm - Reply

Pam and family, We are devastated. Such a happy and sweet man he was. Prayers for each of you. I am out of town and cannot be there. May the Lord grant you comfort…..
Love, Ann Wyllie

Sam Weakley February 11, 2021 at 7:22 pm - Reply

Love and comfort to all who loved my good friend from long ago. God Bless him. I will see him again one day.

Jon Weidner February 11, 2021 at 10:16 pm - Reply

Pam and kids,

We are so sorry to hear of Gene’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

Jon and Geretta Weidner and family

Sheree Thornton February 12, 2021 at 12:08 am - Reply


Words cannot express how I feel right now! I know Bro Gene is sitting right up there with Jesus no doubt. I have so so many wonderful memories with him and you , that I will cherish forever ! Hope and Stu I am praying that the Lord will give you'll comfort during this season. I lift up all his beautiful grand babies that he loved so much . I know that he will live on in their hearts forever till they all meet right up there with Jesus! I Love each and everyone of you'll ❤️ Lord I am continuing to pray for your comfort, grace and mercy over this family that Loves you so and their daily lives portrays just how much they Love you! In your precious son Jesus name I pray Amen~ Love Sheree Thornton

Steve Scott February 12, 2021 at 1:54 am - Reply

From the time Gene came to Gallatin, he and I have been friends, always able to pick up our last conversation where it ended. Though I never served in a church family alongside Gene, I was always confident that he was constant, steady, kind, servant-hearted. Blessings to Pam and all of the family.

Michael McClanahan February 12, 2021 at 5:36 am - Reply

I've knew brother Gene and mrs.Pam my whole life, I enjoyed walking in the choir room an him be there an pick on me, I'm so glad I got to know such a man of faith, just to hear of his passing takes a chunk of my heart out, Ik he's in heaven rejoicing with his family and the past members of westwood, thru the past years he taught be a lot about music from, singing, doin solos in the choir or just by myself, this family is a family I love dearly, mrs.Pam my heart breaks with you but also rejoices because he's where we all will be one day, With God all things are possible, love yall

Ruth Wright February 12, 2021 at 8:18 pm - Reply

Our deepest sympathy to all the Family in the loss of Gene . He was a good friend to so many and will be greatly missed. May the Lord give you all much strength and courage at this time. Love and Prayers,, God Bless each of you ! Ruth, Jay, Tracy and JoAnn

Robert & Betty lou Irby February 13, 2021 at 2:41 am - Reply

Your work here on earth is completed go rest high on that mountain. What a blessing to have know you . �'��'��'�. Love and prayers to the entire family.

Kevin Butler February 16, 2021 at 2:51 pm - Reply

Pam, I am so sorry for you and your family. I just learned of Gene's passing. He was a good man and loved you all so much. I remember him since the seventies, and school and church. Recently I was following him on Facebook, always glad to hear from him. My thoughts and prayers continue for you all.

Taryn Cordell February 19, 2021 at 9:10 pm - Reply

Mr. Skaggs was such a kind person and a great help with my needs with all Ace Ministries needs. I am so sorry to hear of your loss.
Taryn Cordell, Woodward Christian Academy, Woodward, OK

Jan Whaley February 19, 2021 at 9:50 pm - Reply

We are so saddend to hear of Mr. Skaggs’ passing. He was always extremely helpful to us to use the ACE software system, and was always a delight, no matter how much help we needed. We will certainly miss him! May the Lord bring comfort to all his family, as only He can do.

Candace Mason February 19, 2021 at 10:55 pm - Reply

Although I never met him in person I like so many others "knew" him through his work with ACE ministries. Mr. Skaggs was always so patient & kind explaining things to us just a Blessing & a great help. We pray God's comfort and strength to this family as they walk through this difficult time.

Candace Mason
& The Students & Staff of
Hilltop Holiness Academy

Lila Kathleen Mitchell February 20, 2021 at 6:21 pm - Reply

I thought of his loving service in vacation Bible school and his beautiful singing voice.
I love you Pam and I will keep you and your precious family in my prayers.

Tony GeneTroutt February 25, 2021 at 1:33 am - Reply

Gene was a good person whom I got to know at RRD, we worked there for years. Rest in peace my friend.

Judy H Jones February 26, 2021 at 9:02 pm - Reply

I worked with Gene at RR Donnelley for many years. He always wore a smile and he was a good man. My sympathy to his family.

Tony McNatt March 9, 2021 at 3:43 pm - Reply

I only knew Bro. Gene by telephone, however he and I became good friends and joke with one another every time I would call with a question about aceconnect. There were times I would call just to give him a hard time. I was calling today about a question when I was told he went to be with Jesus who he loved very much. My heart is sadden and I will miss calling my friend and the jokes we would tell each other. I know he is having a GREAT TIME in HEAVEN and singing with the angels. Our school is praying for his family and friends.

Mt. Pleasant Christian School,
Mt. Pleasant, Texas

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