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James J. Sykes, 82, of the Dellwood Community passed away on April 7, 2018 at Jackson Hospital in Marianna, Florida.
He was born July 20, 1935 in Island Grove, FL. He married Joyce Ann Burkett in 1955 and had 3 children, Deanna, Brenda and Jamie. James moved to Gainesville, FL in 1960, and worked as an Electrician and a State Electrical Inspector, until he moved to Chattahoochee, FL in 1983 and worked as a Maintenance Supervisor at the Florida State Hospital. He moved to his farm in 1995 and retired in 2001.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Morgan Sykes and Gladys Hardee Sykes; three brothers, Thomas, William 'Billy' and Kirby Sykes.
Mr. Sykes is survived by his wife of 62 years, Joyce Burkett Sykes and their three children, Deanna Sykes Witte (William) of San Diego, CA, Brenda Sykes Lastinger (David) of Tallahassee, FL, and Dr. James 'Jamie' Sykes (Tammie) of Marianna, FL; five grandchildren, Connie Flores (Marc), Stacey Chadwell (William 'Billy'), Mallory Lastinger, Morgan Sykes and Lyndsey Sykes; six great-grandchildren; five sisters, Marjorie Boles (John) of Gainesville, FL, Cora Sue Price (Joseph) of Island Grove, FL, Frances Coulliette (Audry) of Jacksonville, FL, Berneice Woodard of Micanopy, FL, and Glenda Miller (Perry) of Fairview, TX.
Funeral Service will be at Welcome Assembly of God Church, 6784 Messer Rd, Grand Ridge, FL, Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. with Reverends John Holly and Steven Subel officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery with James & Sikes Funeral Home Maddox Chapel directing.
Visitation will be at James and Sikes Funeral Home Maddox Chapel, 4278 Lafayette St., Marianna, FL, Tuesday, April 10, 2018 from 5 - 7 p.m.
Flowers are accepted or memorial contributions may be made to Covenant Hospice, 4540 Lafayette Street, Suite G, Marianna, FL 32446.
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Published in Gainesville Sun from Apr. 10 to Apr. 11, 2018
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