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Harry Sykes

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SYKES Harry N., husband of Geraldine H. Sykes, went to be with the Lord Wed, Nov 28, 2012 after a long illness. He was born in Starkville, MS on April 1, 1927. He was the beloved son of the Rev. Pinkie Kirk and Parkay Marie Hall Sykes. He confessed a hope in Christ at an early age under his father and after marriage, faithfully served the Lord at Historic Pleasant Green Missionary Baptist Church for almost 60 years. Harry received his Bachelor's Degree in Physical Education from KY State University in 1952 and a Master's Degree in Mathematics from the University of Minnesota. A proud member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Harry joined the famed Harlem Globetrotters after graduation and later became a teacher at Dunbar High School. He became Lexington's first black City Councilman in 1963 and served the city in multiple capacities over the next 10+ years. His public service record was chronicled in the Lexington-Herald Leader yesterday and in recent weeks after being honored last month by Mayor Jim Gray and the City Council for his contributions to the city of Lexington. Harry leaves to celebrate his life his devoted wife, Geraldine, his children Harry, Melvin, Paula (Gary), Kevin (Jaquata) and Kermit (Dyanne), two brothers, two sisters, eleven grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and loyal friends. Visitation will be at 1pm on Mon, Dec 3, followed by the funeral at 6pm. Services will be held at the Historic Pleasant Green Missionary Baptist Church at 540 W. Maxwell Street. Arrangements are being handled by Smith & Smith Funeral Home.

Published in Lexington Herald-Leader on Nov. 30, 2012
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