Skeen started boxing at the tender age of 10 in 1946, winning his first tournament in the 112 pound novice class in Mooresville, N.C. He was a tourney winner in every weight except the heavyweight division. He won at least one tournament in every Carolina city on the amateur circuit during his career. Skeen compiled the enviable record of 230 wins and 14 losses. Four of his losses came against Charlotte’s David Mills. Skeen won the open light heavyweight title at the Carolinas Golden Gloves on two occasions.
He and wife Patricia have two children, three grandchildren, five stepchildren and nine step-grandchildren. Jerry worked in sales for 33 years earning several awards and honors in his field.