Bernard Sykes

Bernard Glen Sykes

Thursday, June 20th, 1929 - Wednesday, May 1st, 2019
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Mr. Bernard Glen Sykes, age 89, of Council, Virginia passed away Wednesday (May 1, 2019) at Maple Grove Nursing Facility in Lebanon, Virginia surrounded by his family. Born June 20, 1929 in Council, Virginia, he was a son of the late John Morgan and Bessie Lester Sykes. A lifelong resident of Buchanan County, Virginia, he was a disabled employee of the Virginia Department of Transportation leaving as Bridge Supervisor. He was of the Freewill Baptist faith and had been a devoted and faithful member of Russell Fork Freewill Baptist Church for sixty-seven years. Having a love for music, he was always ready to sing and share a song with others. He enjoyed fishing and working in the garden, but most of all spending time with his family.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his siblings, Woodrow Sykes, Hattie Ball, Thurman Sykes, Trinkle Lee Sykes, Monroe Sykes, and John Morgan Sykes, Jr. In his generation, he was the last surviving member of his immediate family.
Survivors include his loving wife of sixty-seven years, Virginia Edith Sykes of the home; four daughters, Janice Sue Sykes Ball of Meadowview, Debora Ann Sykes Penley of Honaker, Barbara Elaine Sykes Skeens of Blountville, and Pauline Michelle Sykes Christopher and husband, Anthony of Hackberry, Louisiana; nine grandchildren, Jerry Ball, Terry Ball, Cody Ball, Angela Johnson, Amy Penley Clark, Fredrick Skeens, Leeann Mims, Travis Skeens, Chanse Ball, and Kasey Sykes; great-grandchildren, Lakin Ball, Emmalee Johnson, Bella Clark, Owen Clark, Matthew Worley and Leo Ball; three great-great-grandchildren, Amelia Ball, Hayden Worley, Adalynn Worley, Daniel Womack, Logan Womack, and Zak Womack; special friends and caregivers, Veronica Neece and John Hobson; several nieces and nephews also survive.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 PM Sunday in the Honaker Funeral Home Chapel, Honaker, Virginia with Rev. Kyle Ratliff and Rev. Roy Lee Wilson officiating. Interment will follow in the Frank Smith Cemetery on Big A Mountain, Virginia.
Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.
Honorary pallbearers will be Harold Breeding, John Hobson, Don “Willie” Benton, Steve Rosenbalm, Wayne Baldwin, and the Staff of Maple Grove Nursing Facility.
The family will receive friends at the Honaker Funeral Home after 6:00 PM Saturday, where an evening service will be conducted at 7:00 PM with Rev. Edward Tiller officiating.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Saturday, May 4th, 2019 | 6:00pm - 9:00pm
    Saturday, May 4th, 2019 6:00pm - 9:00pm
    Honaker Funeral Home
    4686 Redbud Highway
    HONAKER, VA 24260
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Evening services will be conducted at 7:00 PM with Rev. Edward Tiller officiating.
  • Service

    Sunday, May 5th, 2019 | 2:00pm
    Sunday, May 5th, 2019 2:00pm
    Honaker Funeral Home
    4686 Redbud Highway
    HONAKER, VA 24260
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Rev. Kyle Ratliff
    Rev. Roy Lee Wilson
  • Interment

    Frank Smith Cemetery
    Route 80
    HONAKER, VA 24260
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Priscilla & John Borders

Posted at 04:07pm
To every one in the family that is feeling the loss of their love one my heart breaks for each, think of all the wonderful memories he help each of you have and grow stronger little at a time as you will know life just took the road to a different route now making new memories I LOVE you all

Carol Davic Courtney

Posted at 10:18am
May you all find peace and comfort in Christ. Deepest sympathies.

Diane Hall

Posted at 10:38pm
Barbara & Travis, I am praying for your peace and strength, during this difficult time. We can find comfort in knowing that
he isn't suffering anymore. May God be with you and your loved ones.

Patricia lewis

Posted at 01:03pm
I want to send my sympathy to all the family and want you all to know I loved Mr.Sykes he was a very special man. I rember going to my grandparents(penleys) and his wife and him coming up there to sing while he played the guitar.

Carson & Keshia Austin

Posted at 06:21pm
Debbie, we are so sorry to hear that your father has passed away. He will surly be missed by all who knew him. Earth's Loss is Heaven's Gain! Sending love and prayers your way! Love Carson & Keshia Austin

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