George Harold Sykes

George Harold Sykes

George Harold Sykes

January 9, 1927 – February 21, 2013

Section: Niche of Peace

George Harold Sykes, 86, of Elizabethton, passed away on Thursday, February  21, 2013, at the Johnson City Medical Center Hospital.

George was the last of six sons born to John Milt Sykes and Fannie Lee  Thompson Sykes, near the town of Erin, in middle Tennessee. George was born at  home on the farm that his dad owned and was the last son to leave home when he  joined the U.S. Army.

George was too late to see combat in WWII, but was trained in the military as  an airplane mechanic and participated in the Berlin Air Lift. He returned home  to marry Velma Griffin Sykes, with whom he spent more than sixty years until her  passing in August 2012. They had one son, Barry Steven Sykes, and spent the last  forty two years in Elizabethton, TN, a town they truly loved.

George was trained by the Tennessee Valley Authority as an operator and  worked his way up through the ranks of TVA to retire as the superintendent of  five hydroelectric dams in Northeast Tennessee.

George became known as the guy who fixed clocks and was a member of the local  clock club.  He and a number of good buddies were also the core of  Elizabethton’s Habitat for Humanity work crew for several years, and several of  those good men also did volunteer work for ARM. In addition, George worked with  SCORE in an advisory capacity. George and Velma were members of First  Presbyterian Church of Elizabethton.

George is preceded in death by his wife, Velma G. Sykes; and five brothers,  James Beverly Sykes, Allen Thompson Sykes, Charles Sykes, Thomas Edwin Sykes and  John Milt Sykes.

He leaves his son, Barry Steven Sykes, and daughter-in-law, Elizabeth  McPherson, as well as numerous adoring in-laws, nieces and nephews.

The memorial service for Mr. Sykes will be conducted at 3:00 PM on Saturday,  March 2, 2013, at First Presbyterian Church of Elizabethton with Rev. John  Shuck, officiating.

The family will receive friends from 2:00 PM-3:00 PM at the church on  Saturday, prior to the service. Music will be under the direction of Robert  Reedy, Jim and Cheri Miller and Anne Sorrell.

Those who prefer memorials in lieu of flowers, may make donations to First  Presbyterian Church/Kenya Water Project, 119 West F Street, Elizabethton, TN  37643; or to Holston Habitat for Humanity, 100 Greenwood Lane, Kingsport, TN  37663.

Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting and signing the guest book or by fax  423-542-9499.

Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton is serving the Sykes family. Office  423-542-2232, Obituary line 543-4917.

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