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Frances Joyner Sykes Obituary
Frances Joyner Sykes

Norfolk - Frances Joyner Sykes, 99, widow of Lee S. Sykes, died peacefully on Friday, June 20, 2014. Born in Courtland, Virginia, she was the daughter of the late Bernard B. Joyner Sr. and Emily Joyner Swain. She had made Norfolk her home since 1929, residing in Warner Shores and the Talbot on Granby. She recently was a resident of Bay Lake Retirement and Assisted Living in Virginia Beach.

Mrs. Sykes was an honor graduate of Maury High School, Class of 1932, and served on its' reunion committee which was active through the 75th reunion of the class.

She retired from the Naval Supply Center in 1979 as a Supply Technician and retired in 1983 as Secretary/Treasurer of her late husband's business, Advertising Sales and Services, Inc.

She was a long time member of Knox Presbyterian Church, having served as an Elder and Moderator of Knox Presbyterian Women and having taught in the children's Sunday School Department for many years. She was a member and treasurer of WHTS Knox Bible Class and Moderator of the Day Circle.

Mrs. Sykes was a Volunteer at Bon Secours DePaul Medical Center beginning 1984 for over 24 years. She also had been a volunteer with the "Reach to Recovery" program of the American Cancer Society and the Mobile Meals program.

In addition to her parents and husband, Mrs. Sykes is predeceased by her youngest daughter, "Suzy" S. White, her sisters, Emmalyne J. Woolard and Dorothy J. Logan; her brother, Bernard B. Joyner, Jr. and her step-father, Edgar C. Swain.

She is survived by two daughters, Sandra S. Gray and husband Jon of Alexandria, Va.; Mary S. Sykes of Virginia Beach; five grandchildren, Scott Gray and wife Meredith of Millersville, Md.; Jon D. Gray and wife Debra, of Warrenton, Va.; Catherine G. Fitzpatrick and husband Mike of Ashville N.C.; Bradley White and wife Nicole of Virginia Beach; Kristen Rowen and husband Colin of New York, granddog Saylor and son-in-law H. Wendell White and wife Anna of Virginia Beach. She is also survived by ten great-grandchildren; Nicole and Jack Gray; Thomas and Claire Gray; Michael Jr. and Jonathon Fitzpatrick; Avery, Cameryn and Merrick White and Sean Rowen; seven nieces, one nephew and a number of great nieces, nephews and cousins.

A memorial service will be conducted at two o'clock on Thursday, July 17, in Knox Presbyterian Church with Rev. Ron Blade officiating. A reception will follow in the church social hall. Burial will be private in Forest Lawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Knox Presbyterian Church, 427 West 37th Street, Norfolk, VA 23508 or to a . H. D. Oliver Funeral Apts., Norfolk Chapel is handling the arrangements. Online condolences may be offered to the family through www.hdoliver.com.
Published in The Virginian Pilot on July 12, 2014
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