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."
The history of Skins and Bubbas is proudly told on the restaurant's menus and dates back to south Florida in the late 70s.
Marco, who then weighted 150 pounds, was called "Skins," and his friend Craig Elmore was known as "Bubba."
The pair love to cook barbecue and got together to cook for more than 400 people at Elmore's dad's company party.
Word quickly spread of the tasty food, and they began cooking fundraisers and other events.
When Marco moved to Chipley in 2001, he started Skins and Bubba's as a roadside barbecue stand on Falling Waters Road but expanded to a full restaurant facility by popular demand in 2005.