Born on January 15, 1929, in West Point, MS.
He moved to St. Louis from Mississippi when he was 17 years old and begin working for the Swift Packing Company. He retired after 40 years with the company and begin a second career in real estate. Sykes was a very independent, kind, and hardworking man. He loved to help others out as he would always remind you with his favorite phrase "What would Jesus do?". This statement expresses exactly how he lived his life. On a regular day, you would find him working in his garden, watching his favorite show Judge Judy, reviewing his weekly lottery tickets, and making hot water cornbread for a pot of greens.
Preceded in death by his parents: Ferdinand Sr. and Johnnie B. Evans, grandmother Malindia Holiday.
his five brothers: A.C. (Janie) Wilson, Gene, Harry (Ruth) Sykes, Walter (Louise) Ferdinand Sykes Jr. two sisters Ethel Sykes and Harolyn Richard, one sister in law Faye Hampton, and 1 brother in law: Willie Sims. He leaves to cherish his memories: 2 daughters; Carolyn Daughtery & Sally (James) Ewing, 1 son Debois Sykes, and a non-biological child Glenn Casson.
He also leaves 7 brothers: Ferdinand Sykes Jr., Daryl Sykes, Franklin (Linda) Sykes, James (Margaret) Hampton, Thomas Hampton, Jimmie L. Hampton, Willie Moore, and Willie George Powell, six sisters, Boonie Sims, Delma Hull, Dorothy Hamilton, Thelma (John) Barton, and Letha Black. Willie leaves a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. He will be greatly missed
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