Mr. James Arthur Sykes, Sr., age 68 a resident of Rockwood, Tennessee passed away Thursday, May 25, 2017 at his residence. He was born June 22, 1948 in Keen Mountain, Virginia. Mr. Sykes was a retired Union Carpenter, living and working in the Washington D.C. area for many years; and was a member of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters Union, Local # 1145 in Washington, D.C. James was a Christian who was Born Again on March 13, 1977, and he read his Bible daily. He is a Beloved Husband of 48 years and a Devoted Father, Grandfather, and Great Grandfather and was an avid hunter, fisherman, gardener, and outdoorsman. He was preceded in death by his parents, Earl Lawrence Sykes and Grayce Marlene Potter Sykes; and brothers, Adam Sykes and Roger Sykes.
Wife of 48 years: Linda Sykes of Rockwood, TN
Son: Jimmy Sykes of Rockwood, TN
Daughter & Son-in-law: Lisa & Brandon Laugherty of Maryville, TN
Grandchildren: Samantha Sykes, Gemma Laugherty, Reagan Laugherty, and River Laugherty
Great Granddaughter: Serenity Bailey
Sisters: Dorothy Rowe of Evansville, IN
Linda Shortt of Anna IL
Brothers: Jerry Sykes & wife, Mary Ann of Vandergrift, PA
Gregory Sykes & wife, Phyllis of Elkhorn City, KY
Sister-in-law: Sandra & husband, Tom Allwine of Dunkirk, MD
And several nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.
The family will receive friends Sunday, May 28, 2017 from 1:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m. at the Evans Mortuary. Funeral services will follow on Sunday, May 28, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. from the Chapel of Evans Mortuary with Pastor Travis Langley officiating. Committal services and interment will follow in the Oak Grove Cemetery in Rockwood.