Raymond Sykes

Raymond Charley Sykes, 88, died Monday, May 17, 2010, with his daughter and son-in-law at his side.

He was born Feb. 5, 1922, son of James Oscar and Gladys Steelman Sykes.

He attended a one-room school in the Hartshorn area. After leaving school at an early age, he entered the Civilian Conservation Corps. He was sent to Heber City, Utah, where he received high marks from his superiors regarding performance of duties.

He was drafted into the Army on Nov. 27, 1942, and served with the 63rd Infantry Regiment in Hawaii, Philippine Islands, New Guinea, Luzon and Korea. As a scout, he fired hand grenades to take and hold enemy positions. He also went on frequent trips into enemy territory to get information on strength and location of the enemy. He was awarded two bronze stars for the New Guinea and Luzon campaigns, four overseas bars, victory ribbon, Philippine liberation ribbon with one bronze star, bronze sv arrow head, combat infantry badge and good conduct medal.

After leaving the service, he married Adeline Richards. She died in 2000.

With his wife, they farmed and raised cattle, hogs and chickens. He also worked in timber in Missouri, Iowa and Oregon. He worked in St. Louis for brief periods, the rock quarry and Craig Charcoal.

He loved the outdoors, especially hunting, fishing and gardening. In his later years, he picked up trash around Summersville.

He was called to the ministry in the early 1960s and served at Raymondville, Timber and Hartshorn. He was pastor at Summersville Assembly of God for more than 25 years and retired in 2000.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Adeline; four sisters, Ethel, Ileda, Alta and Bertha; and a granddaughter.

Survivors include a daughter, Margaret of St. James; two brothers, Thurman Sykes of Summersville and Leroy Sykes of Hillsboro; six sisters, Thelma Pittman, Ruby Bradway, Evelyn Richards-Alton and Myrtle Young of Summersville, Mildred Pyatt of Salem and Juanita Orchard of Hillsboro; a granddaughter; and four great-grandchildren.

Services were Wednesday, May 19, at Bradford Funeral Home with the Rev. Gary Steelman officiating. Burial with military honors was in Antioch Cemetery.

Online condolences may be sent to bradfordfuneralhome.net.

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