Jim Sykes of Fountain City died Friday, April 19, 2013.
He was born in Oak Ridge, raised in Kingston and attended Castle Heights Military Academy. He served one tour of duty in Vietnam as a U.S. Army helicopter pilot. He received both a Bronze Star and a Distinguished Flying Cross.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Mary Greene and James B. Sykes.
He is survived by his loving wife of 45 1/2 years, Sara Sykes, Fountain City; daughters and sons-in-law, Casie and Michael Higginbotham, Smyrna, and Jamie and Keith Bagwell, Knoxville; grandchildren, Violet, Isaiah and Leah; brother, Randy Sykes and wife Carrie, Seymour; nephew, Chris Sykes, Knoxville; and great-nieces, Jessica and Macy.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to either The
in Nashville or the Arlington Church of Christ Food Bank.
The family received friends from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 21, in Arlington Church of Christ. A funeral service followed at 4 p.m. with Bro. Mark Brackney. Graveside services will be at Tennessee Veterans Cemetery and will be announced at a later date. Lynnhurst/Greenwood Chapel of Berry Funeral Home, Knoxville, is in charge of arrangements. Friends may leave their condolences at www.lynnhurstchapel.com.
Published in Roane County News from Apr. 23 to Apr. 24, 2013