Harry Britton Sykes, 86, of Gray, TN, passed away on Thursday, March 1, at McLeod Hospice House (Florence, SC) after a period of declining health.
Mr. Sykes was born in Swords Creek, VA, on July 25, 1925, to the late Curtis and Euva Beavers Skyes.
He was a resident of Kingsport since 1945 and had been a deacon in Fordtown Baptist Church since 1960. Harry was recognized as Deacon Emeritus at Fordtown Baptist Church for his 50 years of faithful church service. He also taught the Fordtown Baptist Church Men’s Sunday School Class for 50 years and sang in the choir for many years.
Mr. Sykes worked for CSX Railroad as a signal maintainer for 50 years, 1942-1992. He had the longest continuing employment with CSX of anyone in the East Tennessee/Southwest Virginia region. During that time, he was also General Chairman of the Brotherhood of Railway Signalmen.
In addition to his parents, Harry is preceded in death by his wife of 62 years, Eula Vilas Bellamy Sykes; brother, Willard Sykes; and sister, Ruth Sykes Smith.
Surviving are his two daughters, Sharon Sykes Starnes, of Kingsport, TN, and Sarah Sykes Hall and husband, Robert Hall, of Society Hill, SC; as well as one granddaughter, Amy Starnes, of Nashville, TN; and sister, LaVerne Sykes Flickinger, of Sebastian, FL.
Calling hours are from 10 AM to 12 PM on March 5 at East Lawn Funeral Home, followed by the memorial service at noon with the Reverend Frank McCarter officiating.
Graveside services will be conducted immediately following the memorial service. The deacons of Fordtown Baptist Church will serve as pallbearers.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in memory of Mr. Sykes to Wellmont Hospice House, 280 Steeles Road, Bristol, TN 37620.
The staff of East Lawn is serving the family, please visit www.eastlawnkingsport.com to leave a condolence to the Sykes family.