|Thomas Richard Sykes' Grave Marker|
Southern Tidings, 27 June 1934, Volume XXVI #26
Sykes - Thomas Richard Sykes was born March 8, 1870, and died Saturday night, June 9, only a few minutes after the truck in which he was returning from the camp meeting collided with another. Brother Sykes attended the meetings in the tent at Quitman last summer, and helped with the work all he could. At the close of the meeting he was baptized and united with the Quitman church. From that time on he gave himself untiring to the work of the church, even beyond his strength, to see the cause of truth built up there in his town. He was deacon of the church and Sabbath school superintendent, and all regarded him as a pillar in the church. On the last Sabbath of camp meeting he seemed very happy in the Lord, and bore testimony to his faith and courage. He leaves to mourn his death, his wife, who has for many years been a faithful Seventh-day Adventist, six sons, two daughters, and other relatives and friends. Interment was in Pleasant Grove cemetery. Words of comfort were spoken by the writer. L.A. Butterfield.
The Meridian Star, Monday, 11 June 1934
Another victim of Basic Collision Dies, Bringing Total To Three - Traffic Mishaps and Controversies Cause Other Fatalities
Nine Persons Suffer Injuries
With another victim of the Basic truck - van collision Saturday night dying in a Meridian hospital Sunday morning, making a total of three who lost their lives in the accident, Mississippi's weekend toll of violent deaths mounted to eight, while nine are suffering from injuries. The state victims are: A collision Sunday south of Meridian, near Basic, took the lives of T. R. Sikes, 67, Dennis Taylor, 21, and T. J. Covington, 45, all of Quitman and injured Miss Mary Lou Sikes and Miss Edith Covington of Quitman.
TOLL GOES TO THREE
The death toll in the collision on a bridge of a New Orleans van and a Clarke County truck three miles south of Basic late Saturday night, mounted to three when T. Judd Covington of Quitman died in a hospital early Sunday morning. Tom R. Sykes, 67, and Dennis Taylor, 21, also of Quitman, were killed instantly. Misses Mary Lou Sykes, 14, and Edith Covington, 16, Quitman residents, slightly hurt, were treated at a Meridian hospital and returned home Sunday morning. H. A. Covington and wife of Bill Sykes, Quitmanites, the latter grandson of one the death victims driving the truck, all riding in the cab of the machine, escaped injury...
Verda Mae "Birdie" Edwards was the daughter of Lloyd Edwards and Emeline. She was born on 11 February 1874 in Mississippi and died on 1 September 1947. She is buried in East Pleasant Grove Baptist Church Cemetery in Clarke County, Mississippi.
|Verda Mae Edwards Sykes|
|Verda Mae Edwards' Grave Marker|
Thomas and Verda had 10 children:
Etta Lizzie Sykes was born in August 1889 in Alabama and died in 1918. She is buried in East Pleasant Grove Baptist Church Cemetery in Clarke County, Mississippi. She married R. W. Davis on 17 January 1909 in Clarke County, Mississippi. She later married Mark H. Booker on 24 October 1910 in Clarke County, Mississippi.
|Etta Lizzie Sykes' Grave Marker|
|James Slater Sykes's Grave Marker|
|Lloyd Clayton Sykes' Grave Marker|
|Willie Mae Sykes' Grave Marker|
Thomas Hayward Sykes was born on 24 September 1902 and died on 20 October 1969. He is buried in East Pleasant Grove Baptist Church Cemetery in Clarke County, Mississippi.
|Thomas Hayward Sykes' Grave Marker|
|Coyt Shaeffer Sykes' Grave Marker|
Alton Sykes was born on 3 August 1911 and died on 13 October 1983 in Quitman, Mississippi. He is buried in Quitman Cemetery in Clarke County, Mississippi. He married Ida Louise Boykin. He fathered six children: Cathryne Lewis, Lucy Arlene, Grady, Grace, Mary Ann, and Sandra.
|Alton and Verda Mae|
|Alton Sykes' Grave Marker|
Mary Lou Sykes was born on 1 September 1919 and died on 20 January 1981 in Quitman, Mississippi. She is buried in East Pleasant Grove Baptist Church Cemetery in Clarke County, Mississippi. She married Rufus Green Cook. She birthed six children: Janette, Janice, Annie Ruth, Ronnell Glenn, Carol Marie, and Barbara Joyce.
|Rufus Cook and Mary Lou|
|Mary Lou Sykes' Grave Marker|