Beau Gregory Skaggs, 27, left his earthly life to rest in eternal peace with God on January 3rd, 2018, at his home in Neosho, Mo. Beau was loved fiercely by his family and friends and his passing leaves an empty space in the hearts and lives of more people than he would have ever imagined.
Beau was born on September 13th, 1990, at Freeman Hospital in Joplin, Mo., to loving parents Jeff and Cheryl Skaggs and proud big sister, Tori. Beau's Grandma Jackie's death preceded his birth and she accurately predicted he would be born on her birthday. Beau shared this quality of intuition with her.
Beau was a born rebel and was notorious for playing pranks, exasperating his family, and making people laugh from the time he could walk and talk. He made a mark wherever he went and whether he compelled you to hug him or scold him, if you met him even once, you never forgot him.
Beau spent his formative years in Neosho with his parents and sister and shared a special bond with his maternal grandfather, Jack Rinehart, whom he took after in both looks and temperament. Beau loved spending time with Grandpa Jack and shared his knack for fun and creativity.
Beau inherited his father's natural athleticism and excelled at every sport he played as a child, from baseball to basketball to football to soccer. He could do it all and with seemingly little to no effort. Beau also shared a love of the St. Louis Cardinals with his dad and many other members of his family.
Beau moved to his father's hometown of Crocker, Mo., as a teenager and was able to spend countless hours there on the river that he so loved. Whether it be an ocean, lake, or creek, Beau would rather be on the water than anywhere else, but the river was always where he felt most at home.
Beau's greatest love in life was music. His tastes varied wildly and it didn't matter the genre; he believed good music was good music as long as it moved you in some way. However, his mother's collection of vinyl sparked his appreciation for 70's music which became the signature soundtrack of his life. This love of the classics was further cultivated by his sister and it became their strongest bond with each other.
Beau spent the final years of his life in his mother's hometown of Neosho. He and his "Ma" grew the strongest bond of their lives with each other during this time through the unconditional love and devotion they had for one another. Beau often called his mom "my angel" and even through the hardest times, their bond was never broken. The love his mother had for him also spread throughout his wide circle of friends who shared Beau's affection for her.
Beau always approached life at full-force and with complete authenticity. He never tried to pretend he was anything he wasn't, and was brave enough to unabashedly be himself at all times, no matter the circumstances. This was at times both his most frustrating and yet most admirable trait. Beau truly exemplified the descriptor of "one-of-a-kind" and his uniqueness is a quality his family will always cherish.
Beau was preceded in death by his maternal grandmother and grandfather, Jackie Jean and Jackie Dean Rinehart; maternal step-grandmother, Wanda Rinehart; paternal grandfather, Jack Skaggs; and cousin, Jaythan Skaggs. Beau never got the chance to meet his Grandma Jackie, but she was always with him in spirit and Beau had great love for each of these other family members who went before him.
Beau is survived by his mother, Cheryl Ann Skaggs; father, Jeffrey Lee Skaggs; sister, Tori Leigh Booth; and his darling Grandma Virginia (Skaggs); along with a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. He also leaves behind his precious pup, Layla; kitty "Poots,"; and his "nephew" dog, Buddy Lee Booth.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Beau's name to any non-profit organization of your choice that serves to help those in need, whether it be a homeless shelter, an animal rescue, or a facility who assists those struggling with addiction and recovery.
No services are planned at this time but the family asks that you honor Beau's memory by maintaining connections with your family, try to mend any bonds that may be broken, and love all without reservation, condition, or fear.
Published on January 7, 2018