Cleroy C. Dykes

March 4, 1938June 30, 2018

LYNN - Mr. Cleroy C. Dykes, died Saturday morning, June 30, 2018, in a local nursing home following a lengthy illness. He was the son of the late Moses C. Dykes and Phyllis Dykes – Hector. Born in Lynn, he attended the Lynn school system and was a lifelong resident of the city. Cleroy was employed by the Lynn Shoe Industry and retired from the Union Hospital about 2003, where he was a dedicated employee, not missing a day of work. He loved to walk and bike throughout Lynn and was a frequent customer of Brothers Deli on Market Street. Cleroy was also known for his ability to work on bicycles of all sorts.

Cle, as he was often called, was preceded in death by his sister and brother -in- law, Amelia E. Battle (Dykes) and Edward A. Battle. He is survived by four bothers and one sister; Elgar B. Dykes (Ann), Cincinnati, Ohio, Phyllis Elaine Dykes, Richard (Evelyn) Dykes and Pierre (Karen) Dykes of Syracuse, NY and Aubrey Hector Jr of Lynn, MA. Cleroy is survived by many nieces, nephews and friends.

The funeral service will be held on Monday, July 9, 2018 at 11am in the CUFFE-MCGINN FUNERAL HOME, 157 Maple Street, Lynn. Relatives and friends are invited. Visitation prior to the service beginning at 10:00 a.m. The burial will be private. Gifts in his memory may be sent to the Life Care Center of North Shore, 111 Birch Street, Lynn, MA 01902. For more information or to register in the online guestbook, please visit


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Beth Wall

July 19, 2018

Uncle Cleroy was a kind quiet yet very observant man. As a young person I remember one day at home being somewhat sad. This day Uncle Cle rode his bike to visit with our family (as he did often) and was his usual silly self. He noticed I wasn’t myself asked if I was ok. I responded yes Uncle Cle....I’m fine. He lifted his hand made a fist and said something like “are you sure? Well....I BUSTED OUT LAUGHING! 😂 That was the end of my sad day. I just remember smiling every time he lifted his fist. Now I will think of him and smile every time I see someone make a funny gesture like that. Till we meet again my dear Uncle...,,Rest In Peace. 😘❤️ Love one of your nieces .... Beth.

Evan Flamer

July 19, 2018

Often, in my youth, I struggled to understand exactly what Cle was saying to me. As I matured, I realized that it wasn’t necessary for me to capture each word spoken but to relish and embrace the love, enthusiasm and joy which was the essence of every conversation I ever had with Cle. Rest In Peace cousin, Evan

Aubrey Hector

July 19, 2018

My memories are all pleasant about my Uncle Cleroy. I loved his passion for wrestling and the magazine's he'd bring me after attending a match at the Boston Garden. I loved the 3Wheel bike ...the only one of its kind, in the late 70's. He dog(s)...Duke. Always gentle and kind. As children, we always knew that there was the chance to take a "trip to the moon" at anytime, while in his presence.

He will surely be missed.

Aubrey C Hector III- Nephew

William Gifford

July 9, 2018

Cle was a disarmingly beautiful person. He was kind, loving and loyal. He always performed to the fullest measure of his potential -- so much so, that I never saw his limitations in any way as challenges. He triumphed to his fullest measure. When his obituary says that he never missed so much as one day of work, those who knew him understand what a sincere and flattering assessment of his righteous character that truly is. Everyone loved him. His was a happy and successful life.

Jacqueline Gifford

July 9, 2018

To The Dykes and Hector Family:
Bill and I are so saddened by the loss of Cleroy. We will always remember his gentle way and warm smile whenever we saw him.
May you find peace and comfort in the days ahead.

E Carleton Brown

July 9, 2018

To our cousins, the extended family and friends. Joanna and I will always remember Cle as a man who always had caring for others in his heart. When Joanna and I were first married and baby Dawn was at 300 Chestnut St. Cle would come visit, share and encourage. His challenges were overcome by his loving attitude. May Gods' promise of comfort by the Holy Spirit be demonstrated in this time of mourning. God bless you all as you share in this memorial service. Pastors Carleton and Joanna Brown In his image ministries Lancaster PA.