Mr. Skip Celebrates 80th Birthday! Happy Anniversary To Barbara!

Family, friends and neighbors helped Skip celebrate his 80th birthday at home. Barbara, who loves to give parties, insisted on a birthday party to celebrate this milestone birthday. Mr. Skip is now a “Octogenarian”!

I have so many things to be thankful for, and I thank God for allowing me to come this far. I thank God for my wonderful wife, Barbara and for my five children, grand children and great-grand children. I have been blessed by being able to help, however small, with raising Melinda Herbert’s 4 children, Barbara, Jeremy, Lizzie and Ryland. They have been as much of a blessing as my 5 children, Cynthia, Oliver III, Sarah, Glenn and Larry. As the song “Hold My Mule” goes, “Never once have I been to the jail-house” (To get a child out of jail).

Barbara has been a real blessing in my life. All of you that know her, from the neighbors to the racers at the track, know that she is a straight forward person that will do almost anything for others. She is also “No Non since”. She loves me, and I love her with all my heart. The 33 years that we have been married (Anniversary is also Oct. 20th), have been the best years of my married life.

I am also blessed with some of the best friends in the world. That includes racers that I have competed with from coast-to-coast and drag strips large and small all over the USA. Thanks to all the racers that I have loaned parts, that have loaned me parts and that lined up next to me.