Carroll Sikes, 81, of Metter, passed on to be with the Lord on Wednesday, Feb. 25. Carroll was born the son of Clarence M. and Ellen Eva Lewis Sikes in Claxton where he farmed with his family. In 1955 he joined the army and was stationed at Fort Bragg in Fayetteville, N.C. While in North Carolina he met his future wife, Ann Marie Jackson. After marriage they moved to Anchorage, Alaska and were stationed at Fort Richardson Army Base. After serving in Alaska, they were reassigned to El Paso, Texas. He left the Army in 1963, and finally settled down back in Claxton for a few years before moving to Metter where he has lived for the past 48 years. He was a farmer, avid fisherman, and hunter.
He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Joseph “Jo-Jo” Sikes; brother, Joseph Cardell Sikes; sisters, Ruth Cowart and Annette Scott.
He is survived by his wife, Ann M. Sikes; daughters, Pamela Ann Jones and husband Ricky of Metter, Barbara Sikes Bird and husband Rick of St. Cloud, Fla.; sons, Carroll “Knocker” Sikes and wife Kim of Metter, Timmy “Timbo” Sikes of Metter; his siblings, Swinton Sikes, Sr. of Metter, Daniel (Laura) Sikes and David Sikes, all of Claxton; sisters, LaGale (Chris) Briggs of Damascus Oregon, Mary E. (Don) Lenig of Welches, Oregon, and Christia (Daryl) Purcell of Brandon, Fla.; 13 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be Saturday, Feb. 28, from 5-7 p.m., at the Metter Chapel of Kennedy-Brannen Funeral Homes.
Funeral services will be conducted Sunday, March 1, 3 p.m., at Kennedy-Brannen Funeral Homes Metter Chapel, with Rev. Burnon Jarriel officiating.
Burial will follow at the Lake Church Cemetery in Metter.
Pallbearers will be Gary Jackson, Austin Jones, Bubba Morgan, Jason Rigdon, Douglas Sikes, Swinton Sikes, Jr. and Adam Starcher.
Kennedy-Brannen Funeral Homes of Metter is in charge of arrangements.