Harry N. Sykes, 85, died Nov. 28, 2012. Services are Monday at 6 p.m. at Pleasant Green Missionary Baptist Church. Burial will be Tuesday at 11 a.m. in Lexington Cemetery. Smith and Smith Funeral Home of Lexington, Ky., is in charge of arrangements. Mr. Sykes was born April 1, 1927, in Starkville, to the Rev. Pinkie and Parquette Marie Hall Sykes. He was a former member of Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church of Starkville. He received a bachelorís degree in physical education at Kentucky State University, and he later received his masterís degree in mathematics from the University of Minnesota. He taught at Dunbar High School in Lexington and served as the first black member of the Lexington City Commission in 1963. He later served as mayor, city manager and chief executive officer of the city. He was a civil rights leader in Lexington for decades. He is survived by his wife, Geraldine H. Sykes; children, Harry, Melvin, Kevin, Paula and Kermit; brothers, the Rev. Wallace Sykes of Maywood, Ill., and Lacy Sykes of Romoland, Calif.; sisters, Marion Sykes Stallings of Starkville, and Addie Sykes Graham Johnson of Fayetteville, Ga.; 11 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Appeared in The Commercial Dispatch on December 2, 2012
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