published Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

Hamilton County Commissioner Fred Skillern loses son to cancer

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    Commissioner Fred Skillern speaks during a Hamilton County Commission meeting in this file photo.
    Photo by Angela Lewis /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

Rees Skillern, Hamilton County Commissioner Fred Skillern’s only son, died Tuesday after a seven-year battle with cancer.

The younger Skillern, 49, helped run Dixie Souvenirs, a Soddy-Daisy business started by his father.

“The Skillern family needs and desires your prayers during this time of great grief,” County Commissioner Mitch McClure said in a statement late Tuesday.

Funeral arrangements are not complete.

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