Gary Lee Sykes

July 30, 1946October 16, 2020

Gary Lee Sykes went to be with his Lord and Savior on October 16, 2020. Gary was born on July 30, 1946 in Glendale, CA to parents Byron P. and Marjorie (Hartley) Sykes. Gary is survived by wife Vicky (Thompson) Sykes; children Jennifer and Jon with wife Pashe (Kelley) Sykes; and grandchild Josephina Hartley Sykes. Gary served honorably in Vietnam from 1966 through 1968 in A battery 6th/15th Artillery where he received many commendations including the Bronze Star with valor for his heroism in battle. He suffered his whole life from this experience. Upon return, Gary attended and graduated from Texas A&M in Commerce with a double major in Biology and Chemistry. He was a member of the PJC golf team that ranked in the top ten junior college teams in the nation. He worked at the Department of Human Services as a Child Protective Services worker. Then he had 22 years with Exxon-Mobil in Talco, TX, eventually retiring in 2000. Many close friends knew him as “Pumper” from his years of work in the oil field. Gary greatly enjoyed playing golf; exploring Caddo dig sites as an amateur archaeologist; spending time with his family and doating on his grandchild Josephina; watching the Cowboys every season; working in the yard; and travelling the world with good friends Charles and Jimmie Hodges. He was a member of Novice Baptist Church. He loved cooking his famous green beans for the monthly fried chicken luncheon and also cooking gravy for the men’s prayer breakfast. Bright-Holland Funeral Home has scheduled graveside services, with military honors, for 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24th at Union Grove Cemetery in Reno, TX with Rev. Duane Falk officiating. The family would like to express their appreciation to the staff at Clyde Cosper Texas State VA Nursing Home in Bonham, TX for their exceptional 4 year care of Gary. We would also like to thank Bro. Duane Falk and Sunday School teacher Verlon Vaughn for their loving support and encouraging visits. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Novice Baptist Church, 13796 FM 195, Paris, TX 75462 or to the charity of your choice.


  • Graveside Service with Military Honors

    Saturday, October 24, 2020


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Sheryl Moore

October 24, 2020

Dear Vicky,
I want to extend my deepest sympathy to you and your loved ones, at this sad time.
I hope you can find comfort in the sweet memories you shared with Gary and know others care. He is admired for his military service to this country, and he will never be forgotten.
May God bless you.
Yours truly,
Sheryl Moore

Kenneth Smith

October 23, 2020

I'll always remember Gary as my friend since early childhood. Regardless of the distance between us in our later years my love for Gary never diminished. In the rare times we were able to be together in later years, it was as if we had never been separated. His easy going manner commanded respect and admiration. He found the perfect mate in Vicky, who made all his friends love her immediately. Thank you for loving him Vicky.

Bob Rater

October 23, 2020

I am so sorry for your loss Vickie. But then to heaven has gained a beautiful soul with Gary. Have good memories and enjoyed the time we had together going to college. I am one of the fortunate and many that Gary touched to make life better. Bob Rater

Cynthia Bell

October 22, 2020

Our family was so sad to hear of Gary's passing. How wonderful to know that he and Bill are together in their heavenly home. I have so many memories of the ballpark and Jennifer in the concession stand, The boys tournaments and our getting together for an evening of cards. We love all of you, and will continue to hold on to the precious memories. Love, Cynthia

Jerry Frazier

October 20, 2020

I hope you are holding up under the stress of losing a spouse.

Jerry Frazier

John Mark Davis

October 19, 2020

So sorry to hear of “Pumper’s” passing, he was always so nice to me every time I saw him at PG&CC!! Try and remember the good times and know that JT is shuffling a deck of cards right now for a few hands of Gin Rummy when he arrives!!

Take Care,

John Mark Davis


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