Alton Earl Sikes, 84, died Monday, May 23, 2016. He was the son of the late Amos and Cora Furmadge Sikes and was preceded in death by six sisters, Thelma Scott, Evelyn Crooks, Annie Mae Creech, Grace Sikes, Ruby Jones and Evelyn S. Crooks of West Jefferson; and two brothers, Norman Sikes and Oscar Sikes.
He retired from the U.S. Army in 1973 and served during the Vietnam War. He served his country for 23 years. He loved his time of service. He was a true soldier in every sense of the word. He was awarded the Bronze Star and also many certificates of excellence in all duties performed.
He loved his family and loved the Lord. He loved attending church at Hallsboro Church of God. He attended as long as his health would allow. When he could no longer attend church he enjoyed Christian and inspirational programs. He read the Bible through many times. His favorite author was Billy Graham. He would read his books over and over again. His favorite scripture was “What shall it profit a man to gain the whole world and then lose his soul.” He was a master gardener, loved working in the yard as long as he was able. His place to go was the Great Smoky Mountains. He would always say after viewing God’s creation, “How can a person believe there is not a God after viewing his creation?” He also loved Acadia National Park in Maine and Niagara Falls.
After retiring from the Army in 1973, he held several jobs. Defender Industries in Columbia, S.C., where he was a supervisor over maintenance. He worked with Southeastern Chemical in Wilmington, Federal Paper Company and the Ford business in Whiteville.
He attended Clemson University where he taught ROTC and studied horticulture.
He suffered greatly for many years and longed to be with the Lord. His prayer was answered Monday, May 23 at 9:30 at Cape Fear Hospice and LifeCare Center. He would have been 85 in September. There is an empty recliner and bed in our home, but thank God for precious memories. I’m sure he would say to everyone “It is well with my soul.” He is gone but not forgotten.
A military graveside service was held Wednesday, May 25 at Whiteville Memorial Cemetery with Rev. Danny Williams officiating.
Survivors include his wife, Emily Tedder Sikes of Whiteville; one son, Allan G. Sikes of Little Mountain, S.C.; and eight grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to Hallsboro Church of God, 312 Giles Byrd Road, Hallsboro, N.C. 28442.