Bobbie Jean Spears Skiles

Bobbie Jean Spears Skiles

Bobbie Jean Spears Skiles

June 30, 1932~November 03, 2023

Bobbie Jean Spears Skiles (Nanny) 91, of Crestview, Florida passed away on Friday, November 3, 2023 with her loved ones at her side. Bobbie was born on June 30, 1932 in Aberdeen, Alabama to Bryce and Vana Rye and moved to Florida from Columbus, Mississippi in 1946 and has been a resident ever since. She was a homemaker, mother, newspaper carrier and the BEST nanny.

Bobbie Jean never met a stranger & quickly became known as Nanny to most who met her. She had a huge heart and the most beautiful smile. She was an excellent cook and was known for her chicken and dumplings along with her amazing coconut cake. Bobbie was the best story-teller and loved to talk about memories from the past. She loved Jesus and often attended Live Oak Baptist Church with her daughter. She loved to go fishing in her younger years, plant gardens and had the most beautiful rose garden. She lived at the Crestview Manor the last two years of her life with her faithful kitty, Lily. She quickly made many friends while living there and became the adopted grandmother to many of the staff members. She loved watching Walker Texas Ranger, listening to her gospel CD’s, getting her nails done and going on lunch dates. She loved talking about her grandchildren and great grandchildren to anyone who would listen.

Bobbie Jean was a devoted Christian, Mother, Grandmother, Aunt and Friend. She lived a beautiful life and will be greatly missed by her loved ones. The family would like to acknowledge The Crestview Manor Staff and Vitas Hospice team for the love, compassion and care they provided.

Bobbie Jean is preceded in death by her parents, Brice and Vana Rye, two brothers, Billy Rye, Buddy Rye, her sister, Barbara Reeves, her daughter, Mary Elizabeth Banes, her husbands, Ed Skiles and Daniel Leroy Spears – the father of her children.

Bobbie Jean is survived by her children, Fred Spears (Susan), Ricky Spears (Mitzi), Patsy Lawson and Gloria Garcia (Alex), her grandchildren, Joe Banes (Wendy), Bobby Banes(Gina), Micheal Sowell (Teresa), Ben Spears (Sabrina), Jill McKinley (Nick), April Dill (Justin), Tasha Nicholson (Drew), Tiffany Odom, Danny Lawson, Amanda Tilburg (Derrick), great grandchildren, Madison (Colton), Caitlyn, Chandler, Brock, Lily-Kate, Weston, Sadie, Parker, Adalynn, Lawson, Lane, Paxton, Addie, Marnie, Austin, Haylee, Ariana, Hailey, Harrison, Helen, Joe, Cade, Kaiden and Jaryn and many great great grandchildren and extended family members.

A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, November 8, 2023 beginning at 11:00 a.m. from the Chapel of Brackney Funeral Service with Pastor Donnie Cadenhead officiating. Burial will be held at Live Oak Park Memorial Cemetery in Crestview, Florida. The family will receive friends on Tuesday, November 7, 2023 from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

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Brackney Funeral Service, Crestview, is entrusted with arrangements.

Our Angel, Nanny

An angel lived among us,

A gift from God above.

She showered us with kindness

and shared with us her love.

Cherishing each memory with her family she ever made,

Always making each one of them feel love that will never fade.

She’s gone to live with Jesus,

But part of her will always stay.

Smiling down on us from Heaven,

and telling us that she’s never far away.

Nanny, you are our Angel,

Thank you for loving us from above.

We will never forget you, we will never forget your love.

Love you, April

For God so loved the world that he gave us his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

John 3:16



Brackney Funeral Service Chapel

  • November 08, 2023
  • 11:00AM
  • Email Details
  • 480 E James Lee Blvd, Crestview, FL, USA
    Crestview, Fl 32539-2829
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Brackney Funeral Service Chapel

  • November 07, 2023
  • 6:00PM -8:00PM
  • Email Details
  • 480 E James Lee Blvd, Crestview, FL, USA
    Crestview, Fl 32539-2829
  • Directions

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Danny and Debbie Bowden

November 6, 2023, 6:57 pm

We are so sorry for your loss. Praying for God to give you comfort, peace and strength.

Patty Price Bryant

November 6, 2023, 8:18 pm

So sorry to hear of your mothers passing. May God give you strenfth and comfort during this difficult time.

April Dill

November 7, 2023, 1:17 am

Gone , but never forgotten! Love you with all my heart! ❤️ April

Barbara Whiting

November 7, 2023, 1:57 am

I was so sorry to hear of your Nanny’s passing.
She was obviously a very loving person, and that love was returned her family.
My sincere sympathy to Nanny’s family, and especially to April, Caitlyn and Chandler Dill.
My thoughts, my heart and my prayers are with you.
Barbara Whiting

patricia fulton

November 7, 2023, 5:26 am

Nanny was such a wonderful person. I will never forget the love and kindness she showed to people. I will forever miss our late night talks and coffee breaks. Prayers and sympathy to her family.

Barbara Mayfield

November 8, 2023, 9:18 pm

Prayers and sympathy to her family. It is a hard loss. Gloria you are in my thoughts and prayers. Joe and Bobby and family – Praying for comfort.


November 9, 2023, 1:42 pm

hey nanny i miss you but you are gone but hyo will never be forgotten love you

Chandler dill

November 9, 2023, 3:36 pm

Nanny she was the best i miss her more then anything i loved her so much and i still do she may be gone from this world but she has just moved onto the next

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