August 5, 1951 - March 17, 2014
Sykes, Ronald Lewis of Carrollton, TX formerly of New Orleans, LA died Monday, March 17, 2014 at the age of 62 after a lengthy illness. He was preceded in death by his parents, Herman Lewis and Billie Lou (Evans) Sykes. He is survived by his loving spouse, Patricia (Juge) Sykes, two children, Stacy Marie Rose (Timothy) and Jonathan Lewis Sykes (Debra). To grandchildren Beth and Matthew (The Keeper) Rose and Ashleigh and Madelyn Sykes, he was Paw-Paw. To sister Diane Peters (Raymond), he was Bubba. He was an inspiration to all of us, including his nieces and nephews.
Ron was an engineering graduate of Louisiana State University and a proud Veteran of the Vietnam War. His career with Halliburton Services spanned Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Texas. He enjoyed all music (especially jazz), playing golf, taking and developing photos, and telling a good joke. His sense of humor, evidenced by his big smile, was a source of great levity for all those around him. A long time member of First Baptist Church Carrollton, Ron cherished his church family. He loved “church.” He was particularly fond of his preacher, Brent, and clearly enjoyed kisses from the ladies on Sunday mornings. His faith in Christ was solid, and he never shied away from expressing it. He always said Jesus loved him more than any one on Earth.
Ron was blessed with two long time helpers, Petra and Carmen. They were like family; we are forever grateful for their love and care. The family would like to express heartfelt thanks to the doctors and nurses who cared for Ron through the years and a special thanks to those at the Dallas VA whose support was such a blessing. Thank you also to the staff at Season’s Hospice who provided such compassionate care.
Visitation is Monday, March 24 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at First Baptist Church, 2400 North Josey Lane, Carrollton, Texas 75006. Funeral service is 10:30 am Tuesday, March 25 at First Baptist Church, 2400 North Josey Lane, Carrollton, Texas 75006. Burial will be at 2:00 pm at the DFW National Cemetery, 2000 Mountain Creek Parkway, Dallas, Texas 75211, Lane A.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Wayne & Theresa Allen Endowment Fund of First Baptist Carrollton, The Sports & Recreation Ministry of First Baptist Carrollton, or the Ron Sykes Memorial Fund at the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
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