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JoAnn Rivers Skinner

September 9, 1945 ~ November 4, 2022 (age 77) 77 Years Old
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On Friday, November 4, 2022, God sent his angels to guide JoAnn Rivers- Skinner to her Heavenly Home. No more pain, no more sickness, she is free.

I can imagine when she entered the pearly gates, there was an almighty shout from her brothers, “Here Comes the Boss!”

God said, "Welcome home my child. You have done your job faithfully and now it’s up to them to carry on."

JoAnn Rivers-Skinner was born November 9, 1945 and raised in Asheville, NC. In her twenties she moved to NYC, with her four little daughters, where she met and married James Bernard Skinner. JoAnn was a former Trustee and member of Second Canaan Baptist Church of Harlem, NY.

JoAnn retired from Verizon Communications after 25+ years of service and returned home to Asheville, NC to continue the legacy that was started by her grandmother, Sallie Rivers. She also worked part-time for Mission Health and Lowe’s. She found joy working in her garden and sharing her love of plants with her neighbors.

JoAnn was a proud Trustee of Nazareth First Missionary Baptist Church, Asheville, NC, where she served as the Treasurer and Leader of Christian Education, of which she was extremely proud.

JoAnn is preceded in heaven by her parents, JoNathan Rivers and M. Magnolia (Maggie) Murray; her husband, James Bernard Skinner; her daughter, Shelia Yvette Ferguson; and her brothers, James, Henry “Bo”, Louis T. Williams and John Louis Murray.

JoAnn is survived by her daughters, Lisa Marchelle (Haskell) Sullivan (Georgia) Wanda Renee Ferguson and Robin Lynn Ferguson (NYC); seven grandchildren, Brittany Ferguson (Asheville) Eugene, Maurice, Christopher and Javon Sullivan (Georgia) H. Jonathan Ferguson and Hydeia Blakey (NYC); two great- grandsons, Jeremih Diggins (Asheville) and Kayden Ferguson (NYC); two sisters, Julia Rivers-Jones (NYC) and Gloria Mayers (Georgia); her Aunt, Hattie Mae Murray (Kenneth) of Opalocka, Fla; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

A memorial service will be held 2:00pm Friday, November 18, 2022 at Nazareth First Missionary Baptist Church. The service will be lived streamed here on the website. In lieu of flowers, please make donation in Mrs. Skinner's name to Nazareth First Missionary Baptist Church's Christian Education Program, PO Box 1724  Asheville, NC 28802.

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Memorial Service
November 18, 2022

2:00 PM
Nazareth First Missionary Baptist Church
146 Pine St.
Asheville, North Carolina 28801

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In Loving Memory Of

JoAnn Skinner

September 9, 1945-November 4, 2022

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Nazareth First Missionary Baptist Church's Christian Education Department
PO Box 1724, Asheville NC 28802


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