OBITUARY

Kenneth W. Sykes, III

September 18, 1951August 12, 2016
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Kenneth Wesley Sykes III, known to his family and friends as “Wes”, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family on August 12, 2016. A true Norfolk native, he was born in Norfolk, VA, September 18, 1951. He was predeceased by his father Kenneth Wesley Sykes, Jr. and mother Clara H. Sykes. He is survived by his loving wife Ann Freeman Sykes; son Travis W. Sykes and his wife Katherine, and her son Jason, granddaughter Allie R. Sykes; brother William G. Sykes and wife Frankie; brother Richard L. Sykes and wife Christie and their sons Jeremy and Justin. He is also survived by many other aunts, uncles, cousins, and extended family. He graduated from ODU with a master’s degree in Civil Engineering, was a registered professional engineer in Virginia and North Carolina, and served in the US Coast Guard Reserves. Wes worked for the City of Norfolk’s survey department, the Army Corps of Engineers, and the US Coast Guard. Wes really enjoyed the time he had with Ann, traveling and watching the view from their backyard, and the rabbits. He also enjoyed the time he spent with Travis and Allie, especially when they were hunting or fishing together. The family would like to thank Travis’s mother Linda Bondurant, Allie’s mother Meg, and her grandmother Ruth Ann for their help and support during this difficult time. The funeral service will be conducted at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, August 17, 2016 at Smith & Williams Funeral Home, 818 Norview Ave, Norfolk. The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, August 16, 2016. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research or Sentara Hospice Services. Condolences may be shared with the family at www.smithwilliamsnorfolk.com

Services

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, August 16, 2016

  • Funeral Service

    Wednesday, August 17, 2016

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Kenneth W. Sykes, III

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Bill Gatter

August 18, 2016

To Wes' family...My sincere condolences for your loss.
To Wes... I was only at Coast Guard FD & CC with you for a year but that led to a 20 year friendship that is difficult to replace. I expected it to last much longer and was looking forward to our next fishing trip and discussions. Memories of our fishing, hunting, discussions & friendship are what I have left. I will miss you, dear friend...

John Salley

August 18, 2016

I had the pleasure of working with Wes at the Army COE. He made an impact upon all of us with his outgoing personality and sense of humor. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of loss.

Roberta Stike

August 16, 2016

Thoughts and prayers go out to the entire family and my deepest sympathy! Ann is one of my dearest friends and I know it will be a tremendous loss for not only her but the entire family. Much love, Bert

Bernie Kirsch

August 16, 2016

My deepest sympathy to the friends and family of Ken, who are grieving his death.

May he rest in peace.

Bill Haas

August 16, 2016

I worked with Wes at the Coast Guard and one could no ask for a better working relationship with anyone. Wes was so active and on top of the situation that He was the model for the entire team. Truly an outstanding person that will be missed dearly by all that knew Him. With profound condolences to the family
Bill Haas, Virginia Beach

John Morsberger

August 16, 2016

Sorry for your loss.

Randy Piercy(Grissom family)

August 15, 2016

may you rest in peace and may our lord forever watch over your family for the rest of there time here with us . i am sure you will be missed dearly by many . i can still see you and squeaky waxing those surf boards and hearing the heat guns being used to put the wax on . it was very nice having being connected with you after all these years passed since the days around Colley ave. rest in peace my ole friend.until we meet again on the flip side this is Randy .Robert Grissom was my uncle .Wayne Grissom was my step father.

Walker Spence

August 15, 2016

My thoughts and prayers are with the family. I worked with Wes for 15 years at the Coast Guard Engineering office. He was "Mr. Personality", so well-liked by all, and a very talented Engineer. He will truly be missed.

Lew Samuels

August 15, 2016

To the Sykes Family
I am saddened to learn of the passing of Kenneth. Please accept my sincere sympathy and condolences. If my memory serves me accurately, Kenneth and I rode a Greyhound bus from Norfolk to Cape May, NJ, 30 JUN 1969, to begin basic training at USCG TRACEN Cape May. May Kenneth rest in peace.
Lew Samuels
Boise, ID

Dan and Sandy Neveu

August 15, 2016

Thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless.

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