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John Hargis Skaggs


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John Hargis Skaggs died on August 9, 2014 in Satellite Beach, FL. John was predeceased by his parents, Hargis Lloyd and Alwilda Hopkins Skaggs; and his beloved maternal grandmother, Elizabeth Yates Hopkins.

John was born on July 17, 1953, at Elmendorf Air Force Base in Anchorage, AK. After several moves with the Air Force, his family settled in Brevard County. He attended DeLaura Junior High School and West Palm Beach Military Academy.

Music of all kinds was celebrated in his family home and this began his love for rock and roll and blues music. John played cello in the elementary school band and later moved on to other instruments. He especially loved the blues and played the GÇ£blues harpGÇ¥ with many local bands. He was truly gifted as a musician and it brought much happiness to his life and others.

John had difficult times in his early teen years and struggled with drug addiction until his death. He went to the beach almost every day, listening to music and watching the tides. This brought much peace and joy to him.

John is survived by his sisters, Elizabeth Skaggs White and Susan Skaggs Hopkins; brother-in-law, John Hopkins; niece, Holly Hopkins Cleveland (Jeff); nephews, Bryan, Christopher (Liz) and Adam White; great nieces, Emily and Elizabeth Cleveland, Brooke and Amelia White; and great nephew, Dalton White. He leaves behind many other family members.

Arrangements entrusted to Ammen Family Cremation and Funeral Care, Melbourne, 724-2222.

A service will be held August 16, 2014, 2:00 pm at Holy Trinity Episcopal Historic Chapel, 50 W. Strawbridge Ave., Melbourne, FL.
In lieu of flowers, please make remembrances to the South Brevard Sharing Center, 17 E. Hibiscus Blvd, Melbourne, FL 32901.


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Vicky Avila

August 12, 2014, 12:24 pm

Rest in peace john,your life was important and you will always be remembered by your family and friends.

Cindy Michaud

August 12, 2014, 9:27 pm

Susan and Libby – please know that you are in my prayers. John was blessed to have you as sisters, your love and support gave him more than you probably realize. May God grant you a peace that passes all understanding, for some things there are no answers. With love, Cindy

william smith

August 13, 2014, 9:04 am

the old lums crowd will miss! I can just see you playing your harp as you transcend the pearly gates. I am praying for you and your family! goodbye mr. harmonica man,play them blues!!!

Kathy Barnhill

August 13, 2014, 11:21 am

Rest In Peace, my dear friend. Your battle is over. My deepest sympathy to Susan and Libby and family. Please know that John was loved by many and will be missed. There will always be a special place in my heart for my memories of John.

Patricia Blatt

August 13, 2014, 11:16 pm

“Johnny, I hardly knew ye.” Those were the days my friend, you, me & Hoss. I cherish yet the JailHouse tapes. Blow that harp up there my man. Pat

Mike K.

August 19, 2014, 12:02 pm

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Vicky Avila

August 12, 2014, 12:14 pm

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Roy Cleveland with love

August 12, 2014, 6:39 pm

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Kathy Barnhill

August 13, 2014, 11:23 am

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Your niev

August 13, 2014, 5:51 pm

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Your niece Holly, miss you

August 13, 2014, 5:52 pm

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Xenula Farris Collins n Family

August 13, 2014, 9:23 pm

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Paul Halpern

August 16, 2014, 11:49 am

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August 21, 2014, 4:23 pm

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