She was educated in the Nottoway County Public School System. Before retiring, Inez worked as a caregiver for a local family. She was a faithful and dedicated member of Shiloh Baptist Church until her health declined. She remained dedicated to her faith by being actively involved in church functions and activities at Heritage Hall. She often lead the services with prayer or a favorite scripture, which she could most often recite by heart. Inez was heavily involved in many social activities at Heritage Hall as well, including participation in the Senior Olympics and long time member of the Resident Council.
Inez was married to James M Sykes who preceded her in death. To this union three children were born, Ethelda and James who preceded her in death and Benjamin of Blackstone, Virginia. She was also preceded in death by her grandson, Alton Hawkes, Jr.
Inez was a devoted mother and grandmother. She not only cared for and counseled her own family but she also greatly impacted many others by freely sharing her wisdom and philosophy on life.
Inez was an avid cook and she loved to sew. She passed this love on to her three children. She also loved to read the bible and often shared her beautiful voice through songs of praise. Inez also had the gift of gab, and always had a story to tell that could brighten anyone’s day. Her infectious wit and charming personality will be missed by all.
She leaves to cherish her memory, her loving son Benjamin Sykes of Blackstone; a devoted nephew, John Bagley of Lima, Ohio; and a host of grandchildren, great grandchildren, other relatives and friends.
Funeral Services Wednesday, November 2, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. from Shiloh Baptist Church, Blackstone with interment in the Greenview Cemetery, Blackstone.
W.E. Hawkes & Son Funeral Home of Blackstone in charge of arrangements.
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