|Coyt Sykes and Mary Slay's grave marker|
Mississippi Press, 25 September 2005
SYKES Mary Catherine Sykes, of Pascagoula, Miss., passed away Sept. 4, 2005, in Singing River Hospital in Pascagoula, Miss.
Mrs. Sykes was born Aug. 5, 1912, in Hazlehurst, Miss. to Annie E. Ott and John L. Slay. She was a graduate of Hazlehurst High School, Copiah Lincoln Junior College and Blue Mountain College. She was a resident of Jackson, Miss. from 1945 to 1977, where she was a kindergarten director at Daniel Memorial Baptist Church. She had been a resident of Pascagoula, Miss. since 1977 and was a member of the First Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Coyt Schaeffer Sykes.
She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Margaret Ann "Peggy" and Jack C. Hoover, M.D., of Pascagoula; and a son and daughter-in-law, John Ott and Camille Campbell Sykes of Pascagoula; four grandchildren and spouces, Jack C. Hoover and Nancy Hoover, M.D., of Silver Spring, Md., Catherine and Caleb Williford of Jackson, Miss., Myrtle Delgado, M.D., and Nestor K. Delgado, M.D., of Pascagoula, and Bradley P. and Angela Sykes of Pascagoula. She also leaves behind seven great-grandchildren, Nester K. Delgado Jr. and Anna Margaret Delgado of Pascagoula, Noah Sykes and Andrew Camp Hoover of Silver Springs, Md., Audrey Madison and Briley Paige Sykes of Pascagoula, and Jonathan Avery Williford of Jackson.
The graveside service was at 11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 5, 2005, at Machpelah Cemetery. Dr. Rex Yancey and Rev. Dennis Ray Smith officiated the service.
Donations can be made in her memory to the First Baptist Church of Pascagoula at 902 Live Oak St., Pascagoula, Miss. 39567.
They had the following children:
Margaret Ann Sykes was born ???. She married Jack C. Hoover. She birthed a child: Jack.
John Ott Sykes was born ???. He married Camille Campbell. He fathered a child: Bradley.