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4997 Memorial Blvd, Kingsport, TN

OBITUARY

Rufus "R.C." Charles Sykes

December 11, 1946May 10, 2020

Heaven gained a precious man when Rufus Charles (R.C.) Sykes 73, of Kingsport went to be with the Lord on Sunday, May 10, 2020. Born in Caretta, West Virginia and living for the last 51 years in Kingsport, R. C. loved to share stories about his childhood growing up in Russell and Buchanan Counties in Virginia.

R.C. served in the United States Army from 1966-1968 having a tour of duty in the Panama Canal Zone. He graduated with an Associate’s Degree as a Mechanical Designer from Tri-Cities Tech in 1971 and worked at several different companies. He enjoyed family research and family get-togethers having organized a Sykes Family Reunion. He also enjoyed camping and his cabin in Smyth County, Virginia as well as going with his best friend Josh Snapp and several friends to their cabin near Roanoke. He attended Kingsport Community Church until his health prevented his attending. He was also a member of the Indian Springs Ruritan.

R. C. was preceded in death by his parents, Troy Sykes and Artie Owens Sykes Cochran; a brother, Ronnie Colley; and a sister Wanda Viers.

R. C. is survived by his wife, Jewel and their son, Travis and his family Jeni and Nate; three sisters, Sharon Gatens, Loretta (Gian) Argentati, and Anita (Rick); two nieces and two nephews.

R. C. has been blessed with many wonderful neighbors and friends who he cherished.

Committal services will be held at East Lawn Memorial Park on Friday (May 15, 2020) at 9: 30 a.m. with military rites provided by American Legion Posts 3/265. R.C. will be laid to rest following the committal services at Mountain Home National Cemetery.

Online condolences may be made to the Sykes family at www.eastlawnkingsport.com. East Lawn Funeral Home and Memorial Park has the honor of serving the Sykes family.

  • FAMILY

  • Jewel, Wife
  • Travis and his family Jeni and Nate, Son
  • Sharon Gatens, Loretta (Gian) Argentati, and Anita (Rick), Three Sisters
  • Two nieces and two nephews, Family
  • Troy Sykes and Artie Owens Sykes Cochran, Parents (deceased)
  • Ronnie Colley, Brother (deceased)
  • Wanda Viers, Sister (deceased)

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Services

  • Committal Service

    Friday, May 15, 2020

  • Laid to Rest Follwing Committal Service

    Friday, May 15, 2020

Memories

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Brenda Dingus

May 14, 2020

Jewel so sorry for your loss.

jim Arrington

May 13, 2020

I am sorry for your loss. R.C. and i became friends thru the Arrington reunions. He was always full of energy and fun to be with.

Terry Nye

May 13, 2020

I am saddened to hear Rufus has passed away. I was privileged to be his primary care doctor for many years when I was employed by Mountain States Health Alliance. I always enjoyed seeing Rufus. He was one of the most friendly, mannerly, and gentlemanly people I have ever known. He will no doubt be missed by many. Please accept my condolences for your loss of such a wonderful person.

GREG DAVIS

May 12, 2020

JEWEL I'M SO SORRY ABOUT R.C.! HE AND I WERE BEST FRIENDS FOR MANY YEARS! I'LL GREATLY MISS HIM! IF THERE IS ANY THING I CAN DO PLEASE CALL ME.

Gilda and John Pafford

May 12, 2020

Jewel,
We're so sorry for your loss. May you find comfort in your faith in God.
Love and Prayers ,
Gilda and John Pafford

Pauline Salyers

May 12, 2020

What a blessing to have known and loved RC. His love of life & compassion for others was always obvious no matter the circumstances. Praying God's peace for you Jewel & his family. Love to you all.

Sandra Hood

May 12, 2020

Jewel you and RC were such blessed friends
To our family. I am remembering the times
You shared. Lots of love

Susie Fife

May 12, 2020

I will never forget all the good times we shared... cookouts at Nash’s Ford and the Sykes reunion he organized and managed so many years. He was a wonderful man and a very good friend. Rest In Peace until we meet again.

MELANIE CHILDRESS

May 12, 2020

So sorry for our loss. May you all find comfort in one another during this difficult time. May the wonderful memories fill your hearts instead of sadness and may God's angels watch over you and your beautiful family. With lots of love and prayer.." The Childress Family"

Karen Montgomery Doris Morrison

May 12, 2020

We are so sorry to hear this..praying and thinking of you during this time of sadness..

FROM THE FAMILY

Biography

      Rufus Charles Sykes was known as many things to many people. He was a loved one, a friend, and someone special. To family and friends who knew him best, R. C. Will be remembered as a very exceptional person.

Heaven gained a precious man when Rufus Charles (R.C.) Sykes 73, of Kingsport went to be with the Lord on Sunday, May 10, 2020. Born in Caretta, West Virginia and living for the last 51 years in Kingsport, R. C. loved to share stories about his childhood growing up in Russell and Buchanan Counties in Virginia.

R.C. served in the United States Army from 1966-1968 having a tour of duty in the Panama Canal Zone. He graduated with an Associate’s Degree as a Mechanical Designer from Tri-Cities Tech in 1971 and worked at several different companies. He enjoyed family research and family get-togethers having organized a Sykes Family Reunion. He also enjoyed camping and his cabin in Smyth County, Virginia as well as going with his best friend Josh Snapp and several friends to their cabin near Roanoke. He attended Kingsport Community Church until his health prevented his attending. He was also a member of the Indian Springs Ruritan.

R. C. was preceded in death by his parents, Troy Sykes and Artie Owens Sykes Cochran; a brother, Ronnie Colley; and a sister Wanda Viers.

R. C. is survived by his wife, Jewel and their son, Travis and his family Jeni and Nate; three sisters, Sharon Gatens, Loretta (Gian) Argentati, and Anita (Rick); two nieces and two nephews.

R. C. has been blessed with many wonderful neighbors and friends who he cherished.

Committal services will be held at East Lawn Memorial Park on Friday (May 15, 2020) at 9: 30 a.m. with military rites provided by American Legion Posts 3/265. R.C. will be laid to rest following the committal services at Mountain Home National Cemetery.

Online condolences may be made to the Sykes family at www.eastlawnkingsport.com. East Lawn Funeral Home and Memorial Park has the honor of serving the Sykes family.


     Simply stated, R. C. Was a good and kind person, an individual who will for all time be remembered by his family and friends as being a caring and giving person, someone who was a vital part of their lives. R. C. Leaves behind him a legacy of life-long friendships and many cherished memories. Everyone whose life he touched will always remember Rufus Charles Sykes.

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