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In Memory of

George Holsey Sikes

May 27, 1943 - August 5, 2017

Obituary


NEW IBERIA - A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated for George Holsey Sikes at 1:00 pm Thursday, August 10, 2017 at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church. Fr. Ed Degeyter will be the Celebrant, with Fr. Mark Derise, Pastor of Sts. Peter and Paul in Scott, as Homilist. Mr. Sikes will be laid to rest at Holy Family Mausoleum.

A gathering of family and friends will be held at Evangeline Funeral Home on Wednesday from 5:00 pm until 9:00 pm, with the Rosary being recited at 6:00 pm. On Thursday, visiting...

NEW IBERIA - A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated for George Holsey Sikes at 1:00 pm Thursday, August 10, 2017 at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church. Fr. Ed Degeyter will be the Celebrant, with Fr. Mark Derise, Pastor of Sts. Peter and Paul in Scott, as Homilist. Mr. Sikes will be laid to rest at Holy Family Mausoleum.

A gathering of family and friends will be held at Evangeline Funeral Home on Wednesday from 5:00 pm until 9:00 pm, with the Rosary being recited at 6:00 pm. On Thursday, visiting hours will be held at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church from 10:00 am until time of Mass.

George was born May 27, 1943 in Atlanta, Georgia to the late Louie Fay Sikes and Bennie Lou Curlin Sikes, and passed away Saturday, August 5, 2017 at a Lafayette hospital, surrounded by his loving family.

George was a 1961 graduate of Southwest Dekalb in Decatur, GA and received his Bachelor of Arts in Marketing from the University of Georgia in 1964. He proudly served his country during the Vietnam War as a member of the United States Army, CIB-ACM/V 9th infantry Division. While there, he served in Long range reconnaissance and Raid Crew/Night Squad. After the war, he began work with the Gordy Salt Co. (now Cargill Salt) in 1970 and retired with 43 years of service. During that time he held various positions including Sales and Production Mgr., Total Quality Mgr., and retiring as Regional Sales Mgr. of the Southern US and New Mexico. On August 19, 1983, Mr. George was ordained as a Catholic Deacon and ministered to the bereaved, PTSD and youth of his community for 28 years.

Outside of his service he enjoyed being outdoors, especially hunting. But his greatest time and days were those spent with his family. He had a heart of gold and a smile that always made you feel welcome. He leaves behind many fond memories that will forever be cherished by all who knew and loved him.

Survivors include his wife, Joyce Viator Sikes of New Iberia; his children, William Collins of Georgia, John Sikes and wife Kristie and Ashley Marie Sikes of Baton Rouge; his grandchildren, Ella Claire Sikes, Benjamin Sikes, Avery Sikes, Olegg and Danny Collins, Amative Perez, Silas Collins and Luke Perez; his step-children, Cindy McDonald and husband Jay, Tod Thompson, Rusty Thompson and wife Patricia all of New Iberia, and Mark Thompson and wife Chrissy of Lafayette; his step-grandchildren, Lindsey Valls, Matthew McDonald, Elliott Thompson, Jacob Thompson, Luke Thompson, Andrew Thompson, Addison Thompson, Mark Thompson, Henry Thompson, Griffin Valls, Marie Agnes Valls and Oliver Valls; and his brother, William Curlin Sikes and wife Karron.

Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by his 1st wife Diane Derouen Sikes; and his daughter, Stephanie Marie Sikes.

Serving as pallbearers will be Dennis Warnke, Roger Sonnier, Mark Thompson, Charles Ward, Jimmy Wilson, Robbie Conway, Tod Thompson and Rusty Thompson.

To view the online obituary, video tribute and to share memories of Mr. George, please visit his memorial page at www.evangelinefuneralhome.com

Evangeline Funeral Home of New Iberia (337) 364-1881 is in charge of arrangements.