Kay Prince Sykes
Chesapeake - Kay Prince Sykes died peacefully in her home on Easter Sunday. She was preceded in death by her parents, Carl R. and Evelyn M. Prince.
She is survived by her four children, Scott Holland, Barry Sykes, Monte Sykes (wife Yai) and Kim Sykes; a brother, Wayne Prince (wife Carole); three lovely granddaughters, Caroline, Savannah and Noel and extended family, Etheleen Ward, Walter Ward, Virginia Dare Matthews and Phil Jackson.
She attended William & Mary and ODU where she earned a BA and a MS. She taught for 46 years, mostly at Western Branch High, where she was rewarded with the "Teacher of the Year" twice. She had great success in drama and forensics and won honors on the local and state levels. She was known for her direction of musicals. Kay loved the arts and dance and excelled at both. She appeared in numerous local plays including playing Big Mama in "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" at the Smithfield Little Theater. Kay was in the Living Legends and the Virginia Shaggers Hall of Fame.
She had many friends from Myrtle Beach to New York City. Kay had a passion for helping young girls in scholarship pageants. She worked with Miss Virginia and Miss America pageants during her lifetime. She loved and admired the "Hurrah Players" and Hugh Copeland. Kay traveled with them to New York and other destinations for over 30 years and it would do her heart good for donations to go to the "Hurrah Players".
In closing, the family would like to thank a very special friend, an angel Judy Swope, for her love and kindness.
A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 4, in Sturtevant Funeral Home, Portsmouth Blvd. Chapel. Burial will be in Olive Branch Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Wednesday from 6:30-8:30 p.m. www.SturtevantFuneralHome.com