Obituary of Harold "Skip" Frank Herring
Harold "Skip" Frank Herring, of Slidell, Louisiana, passed away on September 8, 2021 at the age of 77. He is a native of Columbus, Georgia, born on August 18, 1944 to his loving parents, the late Mary Clair Jones Herring and Frank Gautier Herring. Skip is the beloved husband of 42 years to Melanie Jane McClerkin Herring and cherished father of Emily Clair Herring Racioppa (David Patrick Racioppa), Hannah Jeanette Herring Swift (Richard Boyd Swift), and Amanda "Mandy" Lynne Herring.
Skip graduated from Jordan Vocational High School in Columbus, Georgia, with the Class of 1963. He went on to attend Columbus State University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science in 1976. Skip proudly served in the United States Army as a Special Forces Paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division, where he was stationed at Fort Benning, Georgia. He earned many recognitions during his time in the Army, including being a Legion of Merit Recipient. Skip bravely served two tours in Vietnam and later became an Officer Candidate School (OCS) graduate before retiring from the U.S. Army in 1993 as an O-5 after 27 years of service. He took his responsibility as a soldier with all of the seriousness and respect the position deserves. The love he had for his fellow servicemen and women was immeasurable. He humbly honored our fallen soldiers not just on holidays, but every day in the way he lived his life. In addition to Skip’s service in the military, he also was an active member of the Boy Scouts of America where he was an Eagle Scout Recipient and received the Silver Beaver Scouting Award.
Skip lived every day in the service of his God and his country. He instilled in his daughters a true sense of what it means to be a patriot. He was the most generous and loving man to anyone who had the privilege to cross his path. As an educator in an underserved community, he encountered many students desperate for the love, nurture, and guidance he so freely shared. Skip loved all of God's creatures. He considered his pets members of the family. He was passionate about food and loved to cook, find, and share new recipes. You can consider yourself blessed if you ever had the opportunity to try "Skip's Traffic Light Potato Salad". When asked, "How are you doing?" Skip's unfaltering answer was always, "I’m just absolutely peachy." His love for his wife and three daughters was fierce and will continue without end. Everything he did, everything and every person he loved, was done with fervent passion. Beyond all else, Skip loved his Savior, Jesus Christ, and had an unwavering testimony that because of our Savior's ultimate sacrifice, all mankind can be saved and return home to our Father in the Kingdom of Heaven.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend a visitation on Monday, September 13, 2021 beginning at 11:00 a.m. visitation at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints located at 112 Rue Esplanade in Slidell, LA 70461. A funeral service will begin at noon. Skip will be laid to rest at the Southeast Louisiana Veterans Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to the Wounded Warrior Project or Northshore Humane Society are preferred. Memories and condolences may be expressed at www.AudubonFuneralHome.com
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