William Sykes, Sr., 44, of Helena, passed away May 3, 2014 in Little Rock.

William Sykes, Sr., 44, of Helena, passed away May 3, 2014 in Little Rock.

William Darrin Sykes was born April 21, 1970 to Mary Lillian Sykes and William Wright. He accepted Jesus Christ at the age of 9 under the leadership of Rev. J.W. Webb where he served as an usher on the usher board and an active member of Silver Cloud M.B. Church. He graduated in 1989 from Central High School and received an Associate’s Degree and many certifications from Phillips College, where he was employed for 28 years.

He enjoyed cooking, spending time with his family and landscaping. On July 1, 1991 he married Dana Larry. To their union a daughter was born, Cheiana L. Sykes. Dana Larry Sykes preceded him in death in 1999.

He met the love of his life, Rachel Ann Gamble and on Dec. 24, 2002 Darrin and Rachel married. To this union, William Darrin Sykes, Jr. was born and through this union, he was blessed with a daughter he raised as his own, Takeiya Sparks.

William was a great husband, father, son, brother, and friend. He joins his loved ones that preceded him in death, his father, William Wright, a sister, Lillian Denise, his brother, John Henry, his grandmother, Clara Washington, his uncle, Reginald Fain, and his godfather, Joseph Williams.

Forever cherishing his memory are his wife, Rachel Ann Sykes; a son, William Sykes Jr.; two daughters, Takeyia Sparks and Cheiana L. Sykes; two grandchildren, Madison and Jarvis Gentry Jr.; seven sisters, Bessie Lee Helfrich of Cabot, Mary Denise Sykes Wiley (Lonnell), Kymberly Sykes of Helena-West Helena, Nadine Wright Cook, Everlyne Wright Chambers, Doris Wright Mitchell, all of Helena, Sherida O’Neal Wright of Little Rock; two brothers, John Walker of St. Louis, Mo. and Dewayne “DeDe” Parker (Renae) of Norfolk, Va.; an uncle, Sam Ervin Tucker (Estella); and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and three dear and close friends, Herman Eaton, Cornell Clark and Equardo Carter.

Visitation will be held Friday, May 9 from 5 to 7 p.m. in Kincaid’s East Chapel. The funeral will be 11 a.m. Saturday, May 10 at New Haven M.B. Church. Rev. Rodney Corbin will officiate. Burial will follow in Jackson Memorial Garden.

The family will gather at the PCCUA Fine Arts Building for repast. Arrangements are entrusted to Kincaid Funeral Services. Post condolences and share memories online at www.kincaidfuneralservices.com.