Who We Are
The Skinner family has been in the funeral profession for three generations. The staff at Skinner-Silva Funeral Homes offer many years of combined years of experience serving families at their time of grief and loss. Our bilingual staff is able to help you in English or Spanish and provide you with unsurpassed quality at a low cost to you.
Frank Finis and Mary Lola Skinner came to Texas in 1924 and began Skinner Mortuary in Edinburg, Texas. They began the business in a small building on West Harriman in Edinburg and moved to the present location at 122 W. Samano a few years later. In 1933, they were both named among the top business leaders in Edinburg. After Frank’s death in the 1940’s, Lola continued the business. They had five boys: Frank W. “Ted”, Harry, Norman, Albert, and Jerry. Frank W. “Ted” married a school teacher named Shirley Ward from Alamo. They had two children, Sandra and Ward. In the 1950’s, they bought a beautiful colonial home on Caffery Street in Pharr and began Skinner Funeral Home. Harry helped his mother at Skinner Mortuary, until her death, and years later, Ted bought Skinner Mortuary from Harry.
It was during this time that a teenager by the name of Rick Silva began working for Shirley. Rick was the third generation Silva that was employed by Shirley’s family. Rick graduated from PSJA High School and continued working for Shirley while he attended UTPA.
Shirley’s death brought Ward and Sandy to run the two locations along with some exciting changes. The first change entailed a move from the old southern colonial house that was the home of Skinner Funeral Home in Pharr since it opened in the 1950’s. Rick Silva attended mortuary school and joined our Board of Directors, which also brought about a name change from Skinner Funeral Homes to Skinner-Silva Funeral Homes, and the legacy continues.