The very dedicated folks at the Old Buncombe County Genealogical Society have spent many years indexing Buncombe County obituaries. The index is available on their website, and they can provide a copy of the obit for a small fee. See obcgs.com home page for links to alphabet ranges. They have an entry for Alton E. Skipper, age 66, born Bladen Co, NC. Apparently the Asheville Citizen-Times published something for him on June 12 and June 15, 1998. There are other Skipper family members listed as well.