Kenneth Ray "Ken" Dykes
December 14, 1940 - April 24, 2020
Kenneth Ray "Ken" Dykes, age 79 and a resident of the Springhill community, went to be with The Lord on Friday, April 24, 2020. He was self-taught and gifted by God in music, art, woodwork, and carpentry. On January 12, 1975 he was ordained as a deacon at Trinity Baptist Church, serving most of the 45 years as Chairman of Deacons. Ken also led music, played the piano, taught Sunday School, and served wherever and whenever needed. He enjoyed gathering with family and friends at his home for gospel singing and he and his wife participated in Lay Renewals for many years. He sang tenor in the gospel music group, The Revelations, recording an album "Just Talking to the Lord". Ken was also a published author of his book titled, “Where is God?” He served in the Air Force Reserve as an air traffic controller. In years past, his paintings were displayed at Fair City Cafe. Ken enjoyed fishing, and recently enjoyed playing with his great-grandchildren and great-great-granddaughter.
Survived by: Wife of 59 years: Lillie Pearl Sanders Dykes; 2 Sons and Daughters-in-law: Keith and Dody Dykes of Pine, Dennis and Lisa Dykes of Springhill; A special former son-in-law: Tommy Thomas and his wife Pam of Franklinton; 7 Grandchildren; 11 Great-grandchildren; 1 Great-great-grandchild; 3 Sisters and Brothers-in-law: Janie and Kendal Smith, Mary and Henry Tate, Diane Strickland; Brother and sister-in-law Milton "Mickey" and Pat Dykes; Also numerous nieces and nephews
He was preceded in death by his daughter Teresa Dykes Thomas, parents Buster Dykes and Lexie Crowe Dykes, father in-law and mother in law Herbert and Elois Sanders, sister Betty Lou Brooks.
A graveside funeral service will be held in the Springhill-Magee Cemetery at 10:00 am Tuesday April 28th with Rev. Eric Williams and Rev. David Easterling officiating. Due to the circumstances impacting our community, a memorial service for friends and family will take place at his church at a more appropriate time in the near future.
Pallbearers are Clint Dykes, Damon Smith, James Tate, Roger Dale Hyde, Glennis Brooks, and Tracey Smith.
Honorary pallbearers are his fellow deacons at Trinity Baptist Church Keith Wheat and Allan Sumrall.