John Collins Sykes, Jr., died Friday, June 5, 2015. For 30 years, Sykes directed junior high and high school bands in Rocky Mount. In 2009, Sykes was inducted into the Twin Counties Hall of Fame and was honored in 2012 with a Distinguished Alumnus Award from East Carolina University.
He is survived by his wife, Priscilla Kathryn Wheless Sykes, and son, John Collins Sykes, III of Baton Rouge, La. Funeral services will be Sunday, June 7, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 301 S. Circle Dr., Rocky Mount. The family will receive friends immediately following the service at a reception in the St. Andrew’s Parish Hall. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church or the Tar River Orchestra and Chorus, P. O. Box 8255, Rocky Mount, NC 27804.