'Proud to be part of Chipley'

Skins and Bubba's Founders

Rick Marco (right) started "Skins and Bubba's" with friend Craig Elmore.

Carol Kent
Published: Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at 11:31 AM.

CHIPLEY - The community is mourning the loss of local business man and hometown fan Rick Marco this week.

Marco owned popular local eatery Skins and Bubba's Family Restaurant and was known for his generosity to the community, as well as his support for local students. Marco passed away after a long illness Sunday, Aug. 24.

"He fed the football players every game day and was always actively supporting the Future Farmers of America and other local organizations," said employee Angela Grantham.

"He was very proud to be a part of Chipley and to be a member of this community."

Marco was also known for his barbecue, which earned his restaurant first place in the Washington County News "Best of Tri-County" barbeque division more than once, including 2013 and 2014.

What many may not know is Marco's love for music. He hosted a karaoke night just one time before becoming well known for his rendition of the Oak Ridge Boys' famous bass line from their hit "Elvira."

"He sounded just like Richard Sterban from the Oak Ridge Boys," said Grantham. "People would randomly go up to him and ask him to sing just that one part."

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