Thomas Gregory Skinner III, September 4

By on September 9, 2023

Thomas Gregory Skinner III, age 101, passed away peacefully with family by his side on September, 4th. He was born on January 20, 1922 in Elizabeth City, NC, the third child of Julia Wood Skinner and William Palin Skinner.

During his youth in Elizabeth City, Tom was active in Boy Scouts and also served as an acolyte at Christ Episcopal Church. He spent most summers at Nags Head with his family. He attended Virginia Episcopal School in Lynchburg, VA. Following high school, he attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. There he was a member of Zeta Psi fraternity. At the close of his sophomore year at UNC, the war clouds had gathered in Europe and he joined the U.S. Army participating in several major European campaigns including the “Battle of the Bulge.”

Following the end of World War II, Tom resumed his studies at Chapel Hill. He studied Business Administration, was on the UNC Wrestling team and graduated in 1947. He also met his future wife, Alice Roberson Skinner at the Nags Head Casino during this time and they were inseparable for 77 years.

Tom worked for Western Electric, Radio Corporation of America and the L.S. Ayres company. He returned to his boyhood home in Elizabeth City in 1967 where he ran the Cliff Ward Insurance Agency. Tom served on the Christ Episcopal Church Vestry, the Elizabeth City Hospital Board, Boy Scouts of America Regional Council, Rotary International, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, and as a member of The Virginia Episcopal School Board. He spent as much time as possible at Nags Head, finally moving there permanently in 2000. He loved swimming in the ocean, having coffee with friends at McDonalds and going to parties with his wife, Alice. He was a kind, humorous, gentle and loving son, brother, husband, father, and grandfather. He was curious about the people and things around him and passed that gift to his son and grandson.

Tom was predeceased by his parents, wife and his brother and sisters, William Palin Skinner, Jr., Julia Wood Skinner and Jesse Skinner Gaither. He is survived by his son; Thomas Gregory Skinner IV and his wife Betty Harmon; and his grandson Thomas Gregory Skinner V.

The family would like to thank Transitions Life Care Hospice of Wake County for their loving care during his final days. A private graveside service is planned at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Hertford, NC where Tom will be interred along with his wife, Alice.


Barnhill Building Group has been selected as the Construction Manager @ Risk by the College of the Albemarle and is seeking to pre-qualify construction trade contractors to submit bids for the furnishing labor, materials, equipment, and tools for the new College of The Albemarle – Allied Health Sciences Simulation Lab (COA Health Sciences) located in Elizabeth City, NC. Please note: Only subcontractors who have been prequalified by Barnhill will be able to submit a Bid.

The project consists of the new construction of a 38,000-sf, 2-story expansion to the existing Owens Health Sciences Center and will house classrooms, labs, and a simulation lab. The site is just over just over 4.5 acres and is located on an active campus. This new construction will be a steel structure with a brick and metal panel veneer, curtainwall, and storefront glazing with a PVC roof membrane.

Principal trade and specialty contractors are solicited for the following Bid Packages:

BP0100: General Trades

BP0105: Final Cleaning

BP0390: Turnkey Concrete

BP0400: Turnkey Masonry

BP0500: Structural Steel & Misc. Steel

BP0740: Roofing

BP0750: Metal Panels

BP0790: Caulking / Caulking

BP0800: Turnkey Doors/Frames/Hardware

BP0840: Glass & Glazing

BP0925: Drywall

BP0960: Resilient Flooring

BP0980: Acoustical Ceilings

BP0990: Painting & Wallcovering

BP1005: Toilet Specialties / Accessories / Division 10

BP1010: Signage

BP1098: Demountable Partitions

BP1230: Finish Carpentry and Casework

BP1250: Window Treatment

BP1400: Elevators

BP2100: Fire Protection

BP2200: Plumbing

BP2300: HVAC

BP2600: Turnkey Electrical

BP3100: Turnkey Sitework

BP3290: Landscaping

Packages may be added and/or deleted at the discretion of the Construction Manager. Historically underutilized business firms are encouraged to complete participation submittals.

HUB/MWBE OUTREACH MEETING: Barnhill Building Group will be conducting a HUB/MWBE Informational Session. You are encouraged to attend the following session to learn more about project participation opportunities available to you. These seminars will help to: Learn about project and scope; Inform and train Minority/HUB contractors in preparation for bidding this project; Assist in registration on the State of North Carolina Vendor link; Stimulate opportunities for Networking with other firms. Location and time TBD. Please visit our planroom at for more information.

Interested contractors should submit their completed prequalification submittals, by July 22, 2024, to Meredith Terrell at or hardcopies can be mailed to Barnhill Contracting Company PO Box 31765 Raleigh, NC 27622 (4325 Pleasant Valley Road, NC 27612).


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  • anna sadler

    Tom was a wonderful person, wonderful husband and loyal supporter of St Andrews By The Sea in Nags Head. There is a pew named in honor of him, where he always sat with Alice. So missed Our prayers to his family. Anna

    Sunday, Sep 10 @ 5:45 pm