Jim was predeceased by his father, Dr. Hallam C. Skeen; mother, the Rev. Dorothy Miller Skeen, and former wife, Dr. Carol Dembe, mother of his son Sam.
Born June 9, 1951, Jim grew up in Columbia, S.C., and graduated summa cum laude from the University of South Carolina, received his master’s degree at University of Texas, and his MD from the Medical University of South Carolina. Jim completed his residency at New York State University (SUNY) in anesthesiology. Jim practiced anesthesiology at Scotland Memorial Hospital in Laurinburg, where he was also the chief of medical staff before starting his own practice in pain management and integrative medicine in Moore County.
Jim was a scholar who never lost his joy of learning and sharing his discoveries with his children, whether it was a new medical procedure or historical discovery. He was fiercely competitive, giving his boys the pride of accomplishment on those few times they were able to beat him in chess.
Jim was a family man, loving nothing more than traveling with his boys and sharing new adventures. He treasured the memories of his parents, was a loyal friend and always had a big grin when he met a new kiddo to play with.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Doctors Without Borders, a cause very dear to Jim's heart.