Harley Sykes

October 2, 1924October 31, 2018
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Harley A. Sykes of Orange Park, Florida passed from this life on October 31, 2018 at the age of 94 years.

He was born in Charlotte, North Carolina on October 2, 1924 to Archie and Rita Sikes. He and Florence moved to Jacksonville, Florida in 1946 to pursue studies in radio and music. He had a love of music and a wonderful bass voice that he used by serving in the choirs of the churches he faithfully attended. Even while living in an assisted living facility he continued to use his voice to provide musical entertainment for the residents.

Harley served in the US Navy during WWII in the Pacific Theatre and continued his patriotism by serving in the Naval Reserves for 25+ years. His continued support of the military reflected the pride he held for serving his country. He also retired from the Prudential Insurance Company.

He was a long time member of the First Baptist Church of Orange Park where he had many friends that became extended family members.

Harley was preceded in death by his wife, Florence Sykes, and two sons, Harold and Kevin Sykes. He is survived by his son, Dale (Glenda) of Acworth, Georgia and daughter-in-law, Pat Sykes-Amos of Umatilla, Florida. He is also survived by three grandchildren, Paul, Glenn and Michelle Sykes; two step-grandchildren, Tyne and Edward Amos; five great-grandsons, Dillon, Logan, Troy, William and Kevin Sykes. He will also be fondly remembered by his loving friend and caregiver, Natalie Wood.

Visitation will be held from 10:00am to 11:00am on Monday, November 5 at First Baptist Church of Orange Park, 1140 Kingsley Avenue, Orange Park, FL 32073. The funeral service will follow at 11:00am at the church. We will reconvene for interment at 2:00pm on Monday, November 5 at Hardage-Giddens Chapel Hills Memory Gardens, 850 St. Johns Bluff Road North, Jacksonville, FL 32225. In lieu of flowers the family has requested any donations be made to First Baptist Church of Orange Park.

HARDAGE-GIDDENS CHAPEL HILLS, 850 Saint Johns Bluff Road North, Jacksonville, FL 32225, is serving the family.


  • Visitation Monday, November 5, 2018
  • Funeral Service Monday, November 5, 2018
  • Interment Monday, November 5, 2018

Harley Sykes

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Julia DiPianta

November 4, 2018

Harley was truly as southern gentleman. We shall miss hearing his amazing voice yet we know that Harley is rejoicing today and singing praises to his Heavenly Father.

Julia and Larry DiPianta

Paul Ghiotto

November 4, 2018

I met Harley in the Naval Reserve where we served together from 1968 to 1972 in Fleet Processing Team 6-1 out of NAS Jacksonville. Harley at the time was a Yeoman First Class (YN1, E-6). He was truly one of the nicest and most helpful people I have ever met. There were a number of outstanding people in this unit and he was right there on the top shelf. God blessed us all with Harley Sykes!

Ellis Summa

November 3, 2018

I met Mr. Harley 8 years ago. He came to our facility and was given to me to take care of. He was a grandfather to me. I listened to him and treated him like family, he knew he could ask me anything and if something was wrong I would do what I could to fix it. I loved caring for him. I will truly miss him. Love Ellis

Kathy Willis

November 3, 2018

My dearest Harley I am so glad that I got the honor and privelage of being your nurse at life care. You became like family to all of us! You were such a gentle soul with the biggest heart I’ve ever saw. I am so honored that I got to be your nurse the day of your passing. I was already home when you passed but the love and the overall sadness that was in that building knowing the inevitable was heart wrenching to watch. There wasn’t a staff member or resident in that building that knew you that did not want to come in and speak to you hold you loving you one last time. You were an amazing man and will be missed for sure! I am so glad that we got to spend your 94th birthday with u singing to you hanging banners and making u feel special. I am blessed to have known u Harley. My heart and prayers go out to Dale Natalie and family for they lost a great man father grandfather and friend! Fly high with the angels sing a song for me! No more pain no more suffering love u always Nurse Kat life care center of orange park ❤️

melanie powers

November 2, 2018

I met Mr. Harley almost two years ago at Brookdale and instantly knew I had met a true Christian, southern, gentleman. He and I along with Ms. Natalie soon became good friends. I loved to hear him sing and never allowed a Sunday to go by that I didn’t ask him to bless us with a hymn. Which he did beautifully and everyone loved listening to him and usually requested more. My time with him was full of interesting conversation and humor, but he never failed to loving talk about his family and church. He has a special place in my heart and I am sure he does in many others also. I will miss my good friend Mr. Harley, yet I am confident that we will meet again.