August 2, 1922
Rev. Samuel Knowles Skinner, a native of Weston, Kings County, N. S., passed away at San Francisco, Cal., on June 4th, 1922 aged 69 years. When but a young man he gave his life to Jesus and was baptised and united with the Baptist church at Berwick. Later in life he removed to Denver, Col., uniting with the First Baptist Church of that city. It was while there that he was led to fully consecrate his life to his Master and from then on his greatest delight was to find work in some neglected field where he could tell the story of Jesus and His love, working in the Missions at night and at the carpenters trade by day to make a living. One of these Missions afterward became one of the strong Baptist churches of that city.
Some years afterward, he went further west to Spokane, Wash., and Salem, Ore., where many people in the outlying districts had the gospel message given them and a rich harvest of souls were won for Christ.
He finally moved to Richmond, Cal. He found the church at San Pablo was without a pastor and at their invitation began to preach there. Upon their urgent request, he was ordained and later on served the Point Richmond Church as their pastor, but was obliged to resign on account of failing health and serious throat trouble.
He still found much to do for his Master, teaching in the Sunday School, speaking words of comfort to those in trouble, and very many remember the help over a hard place and the word of cheer that brightened the day, given in his quiet, unassuming way.
In January of this year he had an attack of influenza from which he did not recover and was a great sufferer until death came as a blessed release. Hoping that an operation would lengthen his life and give him back a measure of health, he was taken to the University Hospital in San Francisco, April 27th, but he failed to respond to the treatment and the operation was never performed. He bore his suffering with unfailing patience and one of his last messages to one of his sisters was, "Yes, tho I walk thro the valley of the shadow, I will fear no evil."
A strange co-incidence seemed to be that on the day he was taken to the Hospital, his only brother, Rev. J. D. Skinner, passed away in Yarmouth, N. S. They were soon-reunited in that land of fadeless day where no inhabitant will ever say, "I am sick."
Funeral services were held June 6th at Richmond, the pastor of the first Baptist Church, Rev. S. R. G. Poole officiating. He was assisted by the pastors of the Christian and Presbyterian churches, representing the Ministers Union of Richmond, who spoke lovingly and sympathetically of his life among them and his worth as a minister of the Gospel.
Many beautiful floral tributes were given as a mute witness to the love and esteem in which he was held by his former parishioners and the people of Richmond. His body was laid to rest in the beautiful Sunset View Cemetery near Richmond, to await the coming of the Saviour on that glad Resurrection day.
There remain of his immediate family, his widow, Mrs. Mary L. Skinner; one daughter, Mrs. Rosa Gamble of Salem, Ore.; one son, Clifford of Richmond; five grand-children and five sisters, Mrs. Bessie Matheson of Greenwood, Mass.; Mrs. Emma Rand of Purcell, Colo.; Mrs. George Wotton and Mrs. Elias Barteaux of Middleton, N. S., and Mrs. B. B. Jacques of Pasadena, Calif.