There’s a Change
Bob Skelton was born in Zenith, West Virginia, with his humble start to life. Bob was born in his grandmother’s home, and the delivering physician was given two chickens in payment. Humbling would be an understatement. This might bring a chuckle from most of the younger readers today. Readers might even question if this were really true. I can assure you it is. When Bob was ﬁve years old, his family relocated to Winston Salem, North Carolina, where Bob went to grade school and high school. After high school, Bob was drafted into the army for two years. Bob spent eighteen months of this time in Okinawa, which is off the east coast of China. After returning home from the military, Bob entered the prosthetic program at Bowman-Grey School of Medicine in Winston Salem for two years and then transferred to Duke Medical Center for two years. With the completing of his schooling and passing the American boards for certiﬁcation, Bob and Sue then moved to Florence, South Carolina, to begin practicing his profession. After a couple of years, Bob was contacted by a couple of friends to start a ﬂoor covering business, which they did. When the big recession of the late 1970s -1980s hit, Bob nearly lost it all. The school of “hard knocks” didn’t get Bob down. He rose from the ashes a smarter, shrewder man. From the lessons he learned during this difﬁcult time, Bob was able to build a highly successful medical business, ﬂying to larger cities and making his state-of-art services timelier for the patients. This different way of doing business made it necessary for Bob to get more pilot training by get- ting his Multi-Engine Instrument rating. While acting as pilot, Bob has now accumulated total time in excess of 3,600 hours. Bob was able to purchase one single-engine and three twinengine aircrafts. This also opened up many doors to use his ﬂying skills to ﬂy physician friends, NASCAR drivers, governors, and Lt. governors. It also allowed Bob’s family to travel almost weekly. Bob has served on the Florence Airport Authority for eleven years, as chairman of the
Florence Airport Authority for two years, and on other ﬁnancial boards at his church and property owner- ship. Bob and his wife, Sue, were married in 1974. On occasion, they enjoy letting other pilots handle the ﬂying duties as they travel around the world to unique destinations. They have been privileged to visit their son, Grant; daughter-in-law, Rebecca; and three grandchildren, Harrison, Suzanne, and Adelle in Hong Kong, vacation in Hawaii, and tour Europe. I would think this has been a pretty exciting life for Bob, a little two-chicken baby from Zenith, West Virginia. Bob, a.k.a. “two-chicken baby,” has come a long way and led a pretty exciting life since his early days in West Virginia. Now, in his sunset years, Bob is focused on sharing “The Amazing Power of an Encourager” TM with you so you can receive the immense joy that has helped him throughout his entire life. Most importantly, Bob wants you to share “The Amazing Power of an Encourager” TM with others so they can experience the blessing of encouragements from someone who truly cares. I want to invite you to be a part of the team in making a difference by allowing us to send updates and news so you are well informed next.