Walter Mack Sykes, Sr.

February 16, 1931 - December 7, 2020

02/16/1931 - 12/07/2020

Past Services

Wednesday December 09, 2020
1:00 pm
Deloatch-Sykes Family Cemetery
1416 Zion Church Road
Conway, NC 27820

CONWAY, NC – Walter Mack Sykes, Sr., age 89, of Zion Church Road, passed away peacefully on Monday, December 7, 2020 at his home surrounded by his family.

Mr. Sykes was born on February 16, 1931 to John Benjamin Sykes, Jr. and Mildred Oakes Sykes in Burlington, NC. He attended Chowan College after high school and played football. Walter was a devoted member of Zion United Methodist Church and he was also a member of Pendleton Masonic Lodge 418 earning the level of 32-degree Scottish Rite. Walter cherished his family, especially his grandchildren.  He retired from Hercules in April of 1989 after serving 33 years with the company. During retirement, Pops, as he was so affectionately called, worked at Sykes Funeral Service as a key member of the staff as long as his health allowed. He also enjoyed traveling. Walter always had a great story to tell and would keep the listeners attentive to what story was coming next. He was loved by many and will be deeply missed by his family and friends.

Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Rebecca Jean Sykes.

Walter is survived by his son, Mack Sykes and wife Tracy of Conway; two sisters, Glenda Phillips of Mebane, and Kay Langford of Graham; two brothers, John Richard Sykes of Winston Salem, and Robert Franklin Sykes of Graham; grandson, Cameron Wallace Sykes; granddaughter, Rebecca Christine Sykes; and a very special companion of 25 years, Hilda Whelan of Margarettsville.

A celebration of life graveside service will be held on Wednesday, December 9, 2020, at 1:00 pm at the Deloatch-Sykes Family Cemetery, Conway, NC, with Rev. Becky Turner officiating.

In lieu of flowers, the family ask that memorial contributions may be made to the Zion United Methodist Church, c/o Susan Taylor, 719 Fire Tower Road, Jackson, NC 27845 or online by clicking here The Masonic Home for Children, 600 College St, Oxford, NC 27565, or online by clicking here

The Sykes family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the nurses, Kim, Jackie, Lisa, Angie, and chaplain Joy of Vidant Home Health and Hospice for their love and sincere kindness shown to Mr. Sykes and them during his time of illness.

Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service – Rich Square Chapel is handling the arrangements for the Sykes. family and online condolences can be directed to the family by visiting

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Ann P and Milton Cox
2 years ago

Mack, we are sad to hear of your Dad’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May God put his arms around you and give you comfort. We are sure he is at peace and no health issues with our Heavenly Father in paradise.

Dollie and Tony Bland
2 years ago

Mack we are very sorry to hear about the passing of your dad. Our prayers are with you and your family.

Ryland Vinson
2 years ago

Mack, Tracy and family, sorry to hear of Mr. Walter’s passing Mack, he was fine man and just a joy to talk with…He will be missed by all. God bless you and your family.

Veronica Rascoe
2 years ago

Sorry for your loss.I work for Mr.Walter a year.He was a very sweet man.

Harrell and Betsy Phelps
2 years ago

So sorry for your loss.

Kathy & Ken Cain
2 years ago

I am so saddened by Mr. Walters passing. I’m so blessed to have had him as a friend and an awesome customer at Claudines. I will miss your smile and hugs. Loved when you asked about my family. Ken & I will miss our talks. RIP Mr. Walter

Walter L. Duke Jr.
2 years ago

Mack, Tracy, and family; Twyla and I are very sorry for your loss. Mr. Walter was a kind and wonderful man.

Nancy Kaye, Bobbie, and Ruben
2 years ago

Mack and family,
What a gift Walter has been these many years to all who knew and loved him. A Southern Gentleman who was a delight to know and be with. We always felt encouraged and happier after spending time with him… Walter loved family and home, that we all know. May we celebrate him once again this day, as we remember he really went HOME this Christmas.
Thoughts and prayers are with you.

Linwood and Evelyn Bryant
2 years ago

So sorry for your loss

2 years ago