The South Carolina Association of CPAs is mourning the loss of H. McRoy Skipper Jr., CPA, and his wife, Jo, who both died in a tragic multi-vehicle traffic accident on a North Carolina interstate, on Wednesday, Aug. 29.

Skipper, 74, was a partner at WebsterRogers LLP and energetically served the CPA community for more than 40 years. He was President of the SCACPA Board of Directors in 1995 and has been lauded by the Association with the Distinguished Public Service Award (1995), Service to the Profession Award (2005) and was named among “100 Influential People in Accounting” during SCACPA’s 2015 centennial year. 

“McRoy was an exceptional person with a generous spirit,” SCACPA CEO Chris Jenkins said. “During this heartbreaking time, the SCACPA family extends our deepest sympathies to the Skippers’ relatives, friends, co-workers, and all who had the privilege and pleasure of knowing Jo and McRoy. Everyone in the CPA community is better from knowing him, and my memories of our interactions will always be cherished.”

For those who wish to pay final respects, the family will receive friends at First Baptist Church in Georgetown on Thursday, Sept. 6, from 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.  Funeral services for the couple, officiated by the Rev. Larry Deeter, will be held on Friday, Sept. 7, at 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church.

SCACPA is planning a tribute to McRoy on Thursday, Nov. 15, during our Fall Fest Accounting Conference.  If you would like to share a few words about McRoy or have photos, please contact Lisa McGee at lmcgee@scacpa.org.

 McRoy was a CPA in the Georgetown area since 1977 and merged his former practice with WebsterRogers in 1999. Since then, he served on the firm’s Executive Committee and led several of its large initiatives. As a WebsterRogers partner, McRoy managed the Georgetown and Pawleys Island locations.

“Today we mourn the loss of a great man, a brilliant mentor, and a dear friend,” said Chuck Talbert, CPA, WebsterRogers Office of Managing Partner and a SCACPA Board Member. “The loss isn’t just our own, McRoy and Jo were staples in both their community and the profession, leaving so many individuals behind in the wake of this tragedy. We are the lucky ones to have known the Skippers and will keep their family and friends in our thoughts and prayers.” 

McRoy was heavily involved in his community, including being the chairman of the Tidelands Health Board of Trustees. Other leadership roles for local organizations included the Georgetown Rotary, Charleston Southern University, Winyah Indigo Society, Georgetown Economic Development Alliance and Georgetown Water and Sewer District.

In addition to his service as a SCACPA Board Member, McRoy was a chair and member of numerous Association panels, including the Professional Relations Task Force, Leadership Selection and Succession Committee, 100-Year Committee and the Educational Fund Trustees. He was also a former Chairman of the South Carolina Board of Accountancy.

McRoy earned his Associates in Science degree in Accounting at Coastal Carolina University from 1968-1970, followed by a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting at Charleston Southern University from 1970-1972.

In 2015, Tidelands Waccamaw Community Hospital in Murrells Inlet was the only hospital in South Carolina named among a list of 98 of the nation’s Top Hospitals by The Leapfrog Group.

“It shows what we have known for some time – that we have one of the country’s best facilities and health-care teams right here in our community,” Skipper, as chairman of the Tidelands Health Board of Trustees, said at the time, as reported by Southstrand News.

“Tidelands Health and our community have lost two extraordinary advocates and incredible individuals,” the hospital group said in a statement. “Words can neither fully express our grief nor adequately convey our gratitude for the opportunity to have known the Skippers. Our prayers are with the couple’s family at this incredibly difficult time. Their loss, and ours, is immeasurable.”

The CPA Profession, WebsterRogers and the Skipper Family are experiencing a profound loss. Please keep them in your prayers during this incredibly difficult time.