Dr. Walter Newton "Skeet" Creekmore, 70, of West Monroe, Louisiana, was welcomed into his home in heaven on May 6, 2013.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Walter Newton Creekmore, Jr. and Mary Carol Rice Creekmore, of Apalachicola, and his only brother, Rice Bryan Creekmore, of Pensacola.

Those left to treasure his memory are his wife of 35 years, Nancy Nunes Creekmore, whom he adored; beloved daughter, Courtney Elizabeth Stuckey and husband Justin; cherished son Bryan Joseph Creekmore and wife Lauren; and two beautiful granddaughters, Addison Lee and Blake Elizabeth, who were the lights of his life, along with a host of well-loved family and friends.

Skeet was a native of Apalachicola, and attended the University of Florida on a football scholarship where he earned his bachelor's degree in education in 1966 (Go Gators!). He held academic appointments at North Carolina State University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Purdue University.

In 1967, he earned his first master's degree from Florida State University in educational therapy. He went on to earn a master's degree in special education from East Carolina University in 1976, followed with his doctoral degree in special education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1979 (Go Tarheels!).

Skeet was a professor of education for the University of Louisiana at Monroe for 26 years. During this time he served as the faculty athletic representative to the NCAA, was appointed to the Selected Committee on Disability Issues by Presidents George Bush and Bill Clinton, and was the chairman for the Best Practices Institute.

He loved all types of music and retired as the undefeated world champion banjo player. Skeet loved classic automobiles and loved working on his 1936 Ford and 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air and attending car shows with his car club.

He proudly served on the committee to finalize the transition for the name of his beloved "NLU" to "ULM". Skeet was an avid ULM Warhawk supporter and loved attending football games at Malone stadium. His favorite pastime was taking pictures of his granddaughters. To him, their smiles shined brighter than the brightest star.

Skeet was a longtime member of Cedar Crest Baptist Church and shared his faith with friends and strangers alike. Skeet loved life and was a constant reminder to anyone that had the privilege of meeting him that "every day was a good day. Although his presence in the lives of family and friends will be deeply missed, we are comforted to know that he would tell us he's "Peachy" in his heavenly home.

Funeral services were May 8 at Kilpatrick Funeral Home of West Monroe, Louisiana. Officiating was Brother Greg Clark. Interment followed in Wilmington, North Carolina. Honorary pallbearers were the men of the John Adams Sunday School class from Cedar Crest Baptist Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Susan G. Komen Foundation or the charity of your choice. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.kilpatrickfuneralhomes.com