Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas


May 9, 2013

James W. Sykes

Corsicana —

James W. Sykes, 85, of Corsicana passed away Wednesday, May 8, 2013 at Navarro Regional Hospital. He was born July 14, 1927 to Jack and Annie L. Sykes of Dawson. He married Lorene Brown on Sept. 26, 1950 and they celebrated 62 years of marriage. They were faithful members of Calvary Worship Center.

He served in the United States Army from 1948-1953 including serving during the Korean conflict. After his honorable discharge he went to work for the Texas Department of Transportation as a heavy equipment operator and retired after 34 years of service. He was inducted into the Navarro County Historical Society Hall of Fame in 2012. The most notable contribution he made to Navarro County was as the lone remaining charter member of the Corsicana Emergency Corps, for which he is perhaps best known. He served in the CEC from 1961 to present. He also served as a reserve office for Corsicana Police Department and the Navarro County Sheriff Department.

He was the chief of the organization for many years. He enjoyed events such as Derrick Days, assisting with the traffic at the Corsicana Tiger football games, Jingle Bell Jog, escorting funerals for both Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home and Corley Funeral Home. The last count the family had, he had escorted over an estimated 3,000 funeral processions.

He was preceded in death by his parents Jack and Annie L. Sykes and sister Wanda Shipley of Baytown.

He is survived by his loving wife Lorene Sykes; son J. Keith Sykes along with Ronda and Airyka Kirkham; daughter and son-in-law Karen and Charles Fincher; grandson, Drew Sykes who he called his “TooToo,” all of Corsicana, as well as brother J. B. Sykes and wife, Jessie of Waco and sister, Bernice Hecker of Royal City, Wa.

Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, May 12, 2013 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Services will be 2 p.m. Monday, May 13, 2013 at Calvary Worship Center with Bro. Gary Johnson officiating. Burial will follow at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Jim Hodge, David (Punchy) Dycus, Kevin Raymond, Daniel Vasquez, Lewis Palos and Les Cotton.

Honorary Pallbearers will be the members of Corsicana Emergency Corps.

Contributions in his honor may be made to Calvary Worship Center at 1364 North Beaton Street or Corsicana Emergency Corps, P.O. Box 353, Corsicana, Texas 75151.

An online guest book is available at

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Text Only
  • Joyce Lloyd Joyce Lloyd

    Joyce Lloyd, 45, of Ennis passed away Monday, April 14, 2014.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • Marion Junior Clark

    Marion Junior Clark, 76 of Kerens, passed away Tuesday, April 15, 2014 in the Heritage Oaks West Retirement Village.

    April 16, 2014

  • Billie Jean Tunnell Billie Jean Tunnell

    Billie Jean “Jeanie” Tunnell, 81, of Oklahoma City, Okla. passed away Monday, April 14, 2014 surrounded by her husband, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • Otis Lee Long Otis Lee Long

    Otis Lee Long, 76, passed away peacefully at 4:23 p.m. Monday, April 14, 2014.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • Audrey Faye Thompson Tolleson Audrey Faye Thompson Tolleson

    Faye Tolleson, 85, of Corsicana, peacefully went to be with the Lord during her sleep early Saturday morning on April 12, 2014.

    April 14, 2014 1 Photo

  • Doris Fay Ivy Patrick

    Doris Fay Ivy Patrick, born in the Mt. Zion Community located near Fairfield on May 9, 1926.

    April 11, 2014

  • William 'Wiggy' Earl Defreeze William 'Wiggy' Earl Defreeze

    William (Wiggy) Earl Defreeze, 65, of Norman, Okla. born Oct. 25, 1948 in Corsicana to Joe and Delores Defreeze of Hobbs, N.M., passed away Sunday, April 6, 2014 in Midwest City, Okla.

    April 11, 2014 1 Photo

  • Betty Montfort

    Betty Montfort, 85, of Corsicana passed away Friday, April 11, 2014 at Navarro Regional Hospital.

    April 11, 2014

  • Death Notices for 4-11-14

    Hiawatha Brown, 81, of Corsicana passed away Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at the VA Hospital in Dallas.

    April 10, 2014

  • Edna Owens McCain Edna Owens McCain

    Edna would have celebrated her 94th birthday on May 6, 2014, but her Lord and Savior called her home a few days early.

    April 10, 2014 1 Photo