Edith A. Sykes of Dover, DE, born June 4, 1934 in Phila., PA., passed away from this life on January 7, 2012 with her family by her side.


Edith A. Sykes of Dover, DE, born June 4, 1934 in Phila., PA., passed away from this life on January 7, 2012 with her family by her side.

She was a devoted Jehovah’s Witness and spent her life serving & praising Jehovah and spreading his word.

She is preceded in death by her parents Peter and Alice Watson, husband of 38 yrs. Charles Sykes Sr.; brother James Watson; nieces Vanessa Watson, Nakisha Watson, & Carol Ann Purnell; and grandsons Robert Sykes, Chase Sykes, and Marcus Ware.

She is survived by her siblings, Harvey and Brenda Watson, Gilbert Watson, and Gertrude Purnell all of Phila., PA and Margie Satterfield of Deptford, NJ; her children, Charles “Butchy” Sykes Jr., of Smyrna, DE; Roy and Delores Sykes of Dover, DE; Carmella and Axel Wetterich of Greer, SC; Boyd “Poppy” Sykes of Dover, DE; Michael Sykes of Alpheretta, GA; Christopher and Tracey Sykes of Dover, DE; Dawn and Warren Locks of Newport News, VA; Darryl Sykes Sr. of Dover, DE; Joreen Sykes of Wilmington, DE; and Nicole “Nikki” Sykes of Smyrna, DE. Also left to survive her are 17 nieces and nephews, 26 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, a host of great-nieces, nephews and cousins, and long-time foster son Richard Jones of Hamilton, Bermuda.

Memorial services will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, January 21, 2012 at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 450 Upper King Rd., Felton, DE 19943.