Robert "Skip" Lee St. Clair
Robert "Skip" Lee St. Clair
September 30, 1943 - May 22, 2020


Robert Lee “Skip” St. Clair, 76, of Waynesville, GA, formerly of Satsuma, passed away on Friday, May 22, 2020 at his residence, following an extended illness.

Skip was born in Roanoke, VA and had lived in Satsuma for nineteen years before moving to Waynesville, GA in 2019.

Skip was raised in an orphanage. At the age of seven, he started working in a print shop in the evening after school. Later he was sent to Dozier School for Boys reform school in Marianna for stealing cars, going on “joy rides” and returning the cars to where they were stolen. At the age of 16 he was able to join the Army. He did a tour in Germany and later joined the Marines and was sent to Vietnam for a tour. He was in Vietnam for five months when he was shot. When he woke up in a hospital, he found out he was promoted to Sergeant. After almost getting killed, he was a patient in Bethesda Naval Hospital for a year before going back to full duty at Parris Island. While in Bethesda he got on a first name basis with the Commandant of the Marine Corps, Wallace “Wally” Green. While in Parris Island he played on the football team. Later, he was reassigned to full secretary at the Embassy in Honduras. Following a jeep wreck and nine more months at Bethesda Hospital, he was medically discharged and retired from the Marine Corps.

Skip became a painting contractor, painting the Krystal’s restaurants. He was a life member of the VFW and the DAV. He enjoyed wood working, building things, fishing, and dancing.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Glenn Addison St. Clair and Virginia St. Clair; his wife of 20 years, Linda St. Clair, his twin brother, William Lynn “Billy” St. Clair; and a brother, Carlton Ward St. Clair.

Skip is survived by his three sons, Dan “Caesar” Athanasaw and his wife Stephanie of Arlington, VA, Robert Lee St. Clair, Jr. of Atlanta, GA, and Scott St. Clair and his wife Michelle of Waynesville, GA; a step brother, Wayne Mabes; a step sister, Shelby Jean Mabes; the mother of his children, Julia Leitao of Waynesville, GA; and five grandchildren, Samantha St. Clair, Branden St. Clair, Kathryn Athanasaw, Alexander Athanasaw, and Katelyn St. Clair.

A private memorial service will be held at San Mateo Church of God with Pastor Phil Wyatt officiating. Urn burial with military honors will take place at a later date in Jacksonville National Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be sent to Disabled American Veterans, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250-0301. Messages of encouragement or sympathy may be expressed in his online guestbook at

Masters Funeral Home of Palatka is in charge of arrangements.

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