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Fonnie Berlene (Southerland) Skillman

December 16, 1929 ~ March 14, 2021 (age 91)

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Fonnie Berlene (Southerland) Skillman, 91, passed away on 14 March 2021.


Fonnie was born to George Southerland and Dora (Williams) Southerland on the 16th of December, 1929 in Mt. Olive, NC and was the eldest of five children. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, retired Air Force Major William Chase Skillman as well as brother George L. (G.L.) Southerland and sister Josephine Southerland.

She is survived by her daughter, Linda R. (Skillman) Proulx, and son, George H. Skillman; sisters, Sue (Ron) Kleim and Annie Virginia (Clifford) Graham and sister-in-law Ettrice Southerland.

Fonnie was a devoted Air Force wife and traveled with her husband to his various stateside assignment locations and an international assignment in Spain.  With her creativity and artistic flair, she had a way of making each house feel like a home for the family. 

Fonnie lived independently at Riderwood Village in Silver Spring, Maryland until her passing and enjoyed the community, activities, hobbies, and many friends.

Her hobbies included floral arrangement, painting, and gardening. 

She loved and enjoyed spending time with her family and will be greatly missed.




The family requests in lieu of flowers, memorial donations be made to the Black Mountain Home, 80 Lake Eden Road, Black Mountain, North Carolina 28711; or to a charity of your choice.

To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Fonnie Berlene (Southerland) Skillman, please visit our floral store.


March 27, 2021

2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Borgwardt Funeral Home
4400 Powder Mill Rd
Beltsville, MD 20705

Funeral Service
March 27, 2021

3:00 PM
Borgwardt Funeral Home
4400 Powder Mill Rd
Beltsville, MD 20705

Interment at a later date

Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington, Virginia -

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