June 20, 1946 - July 09, 2019
Cornelius Sykes was born June 20, 1946 to Ms. Brown Gatlin and Mr. Larry Sykes in Bogue Chitto, Mississippi. He resided there until 1947. His family moved to Kenner, LA in hope of finding work and better living condition. It wasn’t until 1952, moving to Bogalusa the family found their true place to put down their roots. There the family united with the Mount Zion Baptist Church of the leadership of a great Gospel Pastor the late E.D. Burns.
He attended school in the Bogalusa City School Graduating the Central Spartan Class of 1965. After finishing high school, he chose to go in the United Army where he served for more than 20 years, going to Duty Station like, Fort Polk, Fort Braggs, along with tours of duties Korea, Vietnam and many other countries. Sykes had a wonderful vision in traveling around the United States to work and protect our people here and around the world. Later he retired and returned to Bogalusa to help out the Mother he loved dearly and his wife parents also who resided in Bogalusa
Being back home Cornelius gave his time to the community with children doing an outstanding job for many years with many friends he worked with in the Bogalusa Little League for 20 years. He was loved by the friends he had meet along the way.
Cornelius departed this life at 3:15 Tuesday at the home of his daughter, Krystle with his wife, brothers, sisters, and other family surrounded him in his new transition from earth to glory with Isaiah sleeping near his, he didn’t realize the transition had taken place. “Sykes heard a voice say it is time to come home and take your rest.
Cornelius leaves to cherish his loving memory a devoted wife, Johnnie D. Sykes; a devoted daughter, Krystle N. Sykes; four sons, Anthony James, Perry David Sykes and Isaiah Cornelius Sykes; a devoted granddaughter, Ed’Ricka A. Adams; a wonderful mother-in-law, Mrs. Elnora Dubb; two sisters-in-law, Sylvia R. Dubb and Brenda W. (James) Porter; brothers and sisters whom loved their brother dearly, Jeanette Brown Anderson, Charles (Sandra) Brown, Patricia Henry, Marshall W. Smith, Sr., Albert W. (Sybil) Smith, Sr., Rose Mary Smith, Beverly Caston, Janice B. (Fred) Oneals; special nephews, Brandon (Brittany) Smith, Reginald Weary and wife and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins other relative and many adoring friends.
Services will be at Crain and Sons Funeral Home in Bogalusa, Louisiana. Visitation will be Sunday, July 14, 2019 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM. The Funeral Service will be Monday, July 15, 2019 at 12:00 PM.