Leila Rose Sykes

October 10, 1942October 24, 2018
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Leila Rose Sykes of Spring Valley, NY passed away on October 24, 2018, she was 76. Born to James Peoples and Ruby Arnold in Birmingham, Alabama on October 10, 1942. She married the love of her life Percy Sykes on July 6, 1968. Leila later started her family and career as a Technician for Lederle Labs in Pearl River, NY. She is survived by her devoted husband; Percy Sykes, loving children; Doretha Waring, Desiree Waring, and David Waring, beloved grandchildren; Agyei Waring, Destinee Harrison, Desheha Waring, Deja Harris, Davonna Waring and Shaunree McLeah, cherished great-grandchildren; Anya Waring and Asher Waring and adored nieces and nephews; Guy Michell, Dennis Michell, Elaine Michell and Sabrina Michell. Leila is predeceased by her parents; James Peoples and Rudy Arnold and her sibling; Barbara Arnold. Visitation will be held at Wanamaker & Carlough Funeral Home, 177 Route 59, Suffern, NY 10901 on November 1, 2018 from 10:30am to 12:30pm. A funeral service will be officiated by Pastor Mary Gibson immediately after. The interment will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery in Nyack, NY.


  • Visitation Thursday, November 1, 2018
  • Funeral Service Thursday, November 1, 2018
  • Burial Following Funeral Service Thursday, November 1, 2018

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Raymond Sykes

November 2, 2018

I salute you Aunt Coonie, and may God continue to bless the rest of the family.


November 1, 2018

Aunt Coonie, You will definitely be missed...You will never know how much influence you had on my life. Your grace, and style was impeccable a true lady with class and elegance.
Thank you for sharing your life with us. We for sure lost an angel !!

With all my love
Precious...Kay Kay's baby!!

Latifah Dortch

November 1, 2018

Ms.Doretha And family, my heart goes out to all of you in this time of her departure. Remember this loss is just heaven’s gain. She is back in his sweet arms eternally. May God continually keep you all comforted, strong in spirit and full of every special memory of her. All of our prayers are with you. Peace and blessings from Latifah Anya and Ayri

Sara Sykes-moore

November 1, 2018

To my beautiful New York family..... I am so sorry to hear about Auntie she was and is a beautiful lady.... I love and miss you all and if there's anything you need please feel free to give us a call... Lots and lots of love your cousin Sara from Detroit..

Catherine Freeman

October 31, 2018

To The Family In Honor of Coonie,

Rest in Peace and I will meet you again.

Peace and Love,


Thelma Sykes-Kimber

October 30, 2018

Coonie was the best sister in-law that anyone could ask 4, she was more like a sister, so loving, kind, & compassionate, I will truly miss her. To my nieces, & nephews I know u understand how bless u were 2 have had her so close by in ur lives. We will make it & get through this with God’s help. As the psalmist says “weeping may endure 4 a night, but joy comes in the morning “ Psalms 30:5b God will see us through. I love u all so much. Love & prayers, Aunt Thelma

Verline (Vee) Freeman

October 30, 2018

AUNTY was a very peaceful soul, it was always pleasant to be in her presence.
She is resting with our Graceful Father now.

To my Family,
I Love You all.

Verline means Faith

Whitney Brisman

October 30, 2018

Leila was such a nice lady. I enjoyed working with her at Lederle. We would joke around all the time. I would always try to find out how old she was and she would just laugh. I missed her when I left there and always thought about her. I’m sad to hear of her passing. RIP Leila. Prayers to her family

Desheha Waring

October 30, 2018

Agyei Waring

October 30, 2018