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Jack F. Sikes

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Jack F. Sikes of Ruston, Louisiana, died Saturday, April 16, 2011 at Northern Louisiana Medical Center after a lengthy illness.  He was 84. Mr. Sikes was born in Meridian, Mississippi on October 10, 1926, where he grew up, graduated high school, and signed up to fight in WWII with the Navy.   He served two years in the Pacific until the war ended, then returned home to bury his father, take over his Dad's lumber business with his brother Earl, and marry his sweetheart, Jean Ellen Moreland.  He moved his family to Ruston in 1959 while working for Henderson Baird Hardware Co., but after a few years returned to the lumber business he knew so well, eventually beginning  Yellow Pine Lumber Co. in Monroe. Jack never met a stranger.  He was a man of integrity and loyalty, a man of his word and was always ready to help anyone in need. He loved all things outdoors: hunting, fishing and especially golf.  He, his golf buddies and their families had great times, living life together at the Ruston Country Club. He was also very involved in his church, The Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, serving for several terms on the Vestry and in many other capacities.  His life was all about his family, his work, his church, and his friends.  He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and friend and will be deeply and forever missed by those who knew and loved him. Surviving members of his immediate family are his wife, Jean M. Sikes of Ruston; two daughters, Sue Ellen Smith and husband Richard of Sugar Land, Texas and Polly Smith and husband Wayne Smith of Ruston. He is also survived by seven grandchildren: Cindy Smith of Seabrook, Texas, Diana Turner and husband Michael Turner  of Sugar Land, Texas, Cacey Hershey and husband Jason Hershey of Austin, Texas, Amy Burnett and husband Wade Burnett of Ruston, Jack Smith and wife Addie Smith of Ruston, Earl Smith and wife Amy Smith of Longwood, Florida and Carmie Duncan and husband Ross Duncan of Denton, Texas.  He leaves behind seven great-grandchildren and is predeceased by one grandson, Richard Jackson Smith. Visitation with the family will be at 10 am at Haskill Hall adjoining The Episcopal Church of the Redeemer.  Funeral Services will be held Saturday, April 23, 2011, 11 am, at The Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, Tech Drive, Ruston, Louisiana. Fr. Jim Benbrook will officiate the service.  Burial will follow in Forest Lawn Cemetery in Ruston under the direction of Owens Memorial Chapel Funeral Home of Ruston. To leave a memorial message for the family, please visit www.owensmemorialfuneralhome.com.

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