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Lodema Lee & Arnold Don Sikes

Lodema Lee b. 20 Jan 1897 Subiaco, "Greasy Valley" AR d. 24 Apr 1961 Ozark, Franklin Co., AR Married: 24 Dec 1917 by Rev. Guthrie in Paris, AR buried: Ridge Cemetery, Hills Chapel Community, Etna, Franklin Co., AR Father: Albert Pike Lee Mother: Rebecca Elizabeth Baker

husband: Arnold Don Sikes, Sr. b. 17 Jan 1886 Roseville, Logan Co., AR d. 15 Jan 1964 Ozark, Franklin Co., AR Occupation: Farmer. buried: Ridge Cemetery, Hills Chapel Community, Etna, Franklin Co., AR Father: James Andrew Sikes Mother: Lucy Jane Routon


Deward Lee Sikes b. 27 Jun 1919 Logan Co., AR d. Apr 1987 Mabelvale, Pulaski Co., AR (ssdi:AR)

Wife: Gloria "Jo" Fontaine b. 22 Oct 1922 Little Rock, Pulaski Co., AR d. 7 Jan 2005 Mabelvale, Pulaski Co., AR (ssdi:AR)Father: William L. Muller Mother: Bertha Susan Turner

Jim Pike Sikes b. 30 Jan 1921 Logan Co., AR d. 10 Aug 2004 Wellington, Collingsworth Co., TX (ssdi:AR)

Myrtle Ladell Sikes b. 4 Oct 1922 Logan Co., AR d. 6 Jan 2006 Buffalo, Leon Co., TX Buried: Cemetery Ridge, Etna, Franklin Co., AR

Husband: X Adair b. ? lived in Buffalo, Leon Co., TX & Normangee, Leon Co., TX

Arnold Don Sikes, Jr. b. 27 Nov 1924 Logan Co., AR lived Bakersfield, CA

Wife: Martha Louise McClung

Betty Lou Sikes b. 8 Aug 1926 Paris, Logan Co., AR d. 3 Apr 2006 Ozark, Franklin Co., AR Buried: Oakwood Cemetery, Paris, Logan Co., AR

Husband: Walter Reece Noren (Sweden) b. 24 Oct 1921 Kirksville, MO d. 6 Nov 2005 Ozark, Franklin Co., AR Buried: Oakwood Cemetery, Paris, Logan Co., AR

Velma Sue Sikes b. 16 Oct 1928 Logan Co., AR d. 1995 Buried: Memorial Cemetery, Palestine, Anderson Co., TX

Husband: Charles G. Easley b. 4 Oct 1928 d. 12 May 2009 Normangee, Leon Co., TX Buried: Memorial Cemetery, Palestine, Anderson Co., TX

Notes on Arnold Sikes family

"We farmed McClain's bottom and rented land from H. L. Hembree. We grew mostly cotton, neighboring farmers were the Hixson's, Lowery's, Willem's, Mill's, and Ruff Smith.

The Huntsville Democrat, dated 3 Nov 1899, “Arnold Sikes, farmer on Reed’s Creek, is reported to be in very feeble health for months, notation in the Springdale News”.

In 1939, my dad had pneumonia. I left school to farm the land. It was hard times, but we made it. In 1941, father sold the farm and moved to Franklin County, Arkansas and ran a country store till he returned to farming berries." {Memoirs of Arnold Sikes, Jr.}

Father: James Andrew Sikes b. 1857 Madson Co., AR Mother: Lucy Jane Routon b. 1858 Fannie Co., TX

The Paris Express, dated 20 May 1915, "Don Sykes has left for Ft. Logan H. Roots, to attend National Guard training".

The Paris Express, dated 2 Dec 1915, "James A. Sykes' wife died, 3 miles northeast of Paris, due to Pneumonia. Funeral services and burial at Baxley Cemetery".

The Paris Express, dated 15 Jun 1939, "Jim Pike Sykes at CCC Camp at Eagleton, visiting parents, Mr. & Mrs. Don Sykes, on six day leave near Union".

The Paris Express, dated 3 Aug 1939, "Mr. Arnold Sykes is the new superintendent. Arnold Sykes who has been principal of Prairie View school ward for four years. He has been elected Superintendent of the Scranton Consolidated schools. Mr. Sykes is a graduate of Scranton High School and former student of the University of Arkansas. In high school, he was active in the 4 H Club work, served as 4 H President and attended 4 H Club meetings in Washington, DC. During four years at Prairie View, the 4 H Club has progressed and won second place in state for 1938. He is one of the youngest Superintendent's in the state".

The Paris Express, dated 8 Feb 1940 Deward Lee Sikes, & Jim Pike Sikes, Paris enlisted Feb 8, as apprentice seaman, U. S. Naval training station, Norfolk, VA".

Deward was a CPO in the Navy during World War II, and was an electrical worker. Jim was a CPO in the Navy during World War II, and was an electrical worker. Myrtle was a phone company employee. Arnold Jr. was an oil field worker in California, there he met his wife who was from Oklahoma. Betty has a ranch near Roseville, Arkansas. Velma was a housewife living in Texas.

The Paris Express, dated 17 Apr 1944, “Arnold Sikes had been recuperating in a government hospital in Excelsior Springs, MO due to a lung ailment. He decided to run for county assessor, so he has paid his filing fee. He received a medical discharge from the Navy, which he served for two years. He volunteered for service while deputy county assessor”.

The Paris Express, dated 7 Jul 1960, “Mr. & Mrs. Tobe Sikes 50th Wedding Anniversary was held at their home Sunday, 3rd July. Attending: Mr. & Mrs. Arnold Sikes & son, Jim & daughter, Nell & Miss Len Kraft, Little Rock, Mr. & Mrs. Fred Randall & daughter, Jeanie, Meridan, OK, Mr. & Mrs. Hayden Sharpe & children; Danny & Dorothy Marie, San Fernando, CA, Mrs. Wayne Boswell & children; Ronnie & Susie, OKC, OK, Mr. & Mrs. Steward Collins & children; Carl Larry, Rickie, Jackie Ray & Joyce, Enid, OK & Mr. & Mrs. Carl Sikes & daughters; Doris Jean, Charlotte & Fran & sons; Donald & Charles, Scranton”.

The Paris Express, dated 27 Apr 1961, “Mrs. Lodema Sikes, 65, Ozark, route 3, died Monday in an Ozark Hospital. She was born in Subiaco. She had resided in Ozark for 3 years. Survivors: husband, Don Sikes, sons; Deward Sikes, Little Rock, Jim Pike Sikes, Wellington, TX & Don Sikes, Jr., Fellows, CA. Daughters; Mrs. Myrtle L. Adair & Mrs. W. R. Noren, Dallas, TX & Mrs. Charles G. Easley, Brownsville, TX. Funeral services at Cox Chapel & burial at Cemetery Ridge. Pallbearers; Harry Robberson, W. R. Noren, Charles Easley, Gene Doom, Ralph Reames & Guy Franklin”.

The Paris Express, dated 16 Jan 1964, “Arnold Don Sikes, 77, Ozark, route 3, died Wednesday a.m. in a hospital in Ozark. He was born in Roseville community & a member of the Methodist Church. Survivors: sons; Deward Lee Sikes, Little Rock, Jim Pike Sikes, Wellington, TX, & Don Sikes, Jr., Taft, CA. Daughters; Mrs. Myrtle L. Adair, Dallas, TX, Mrs. Betty Lou Noren, Senagoville, TX & Mrs. Velma Sue Easley, Brownville, TX. Funeral services at Cox Funeral Chapel & burial at Cemetery Ridge Cemetery”.

Waltner Reece Noren, 84, of Ozark, Arkansas died Sunday, November 6, 2005. He was born October 24, 1921, in Kirksville, Missouri. He was a retired towboat captain, an Air Force veteran of World War II, and a cattle rancher. Funeral was held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Roller Funeral Home Chapel in Paris, Arkansas with burial at Oakwood Cemetery in Paris, Arkansas. He is survived by his wife; a daughter, Myra; a son; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Myrtle Sikes Adair, Formerly from Ozark, AR she passed away in Buffalo, Texas, at the age of 83, She was a retired operator with Southwestern Bell and worked as a riveter for Lockheed during World War II. Her local survivors include a sister, Betty Noren of Ozark.

Gloria Fontaine Muller Sikes was born Oct. 22, 1922 in Little Rock to William L. and Bertha Susan (Turner) Muller. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Lee (Bob) Sikes, Jr.; brother, William L. Muller, Jr.; sister-in-law Maureen (Hines) Muller; and brother-in-law, Louis Quarti. She attended schools in Little Rock, and she was a Baptist and for a number of years was a member of Baptist Tabernacle. Survivors include a daughter, Sandra Mulvihill and her husband, Jerry of Orange Park, Fla.; three sons, Bobby L. Sikes and his wife, Debbie, of Bryant, Gary L. Sikes of Mabelvale and Tim Sikes of Bryant and his fiancee' Cecilia Strozyk of Little Rock; six grandchildren, Kelley Mulvihill of Kissimme, Fla., Maj. Kevin Mulvihill and his wife, Elizabeth, of Copperas Cove, Texas, currently stationed with the U.S. Army First cavalry in Iraq, Megan Mulvihill of New York, NY, Corey Mulvihill and his wife, Kim, of Gainesville, Fla., Kris Sikes and his wife, Jennifer, of Sardis and John Thomas of Benton; three great-grandchildren, Meredith Mulvihill of Copperas Cove, Texas, Peyton Sikes and Parker Sikes, both of Sardis, and a new great-granddaughter on the way; her sister, Frances Quarti of Mabelvale; her aunt, Evelyn Meyers and her husband, Raymond, of Benton; four nephews William Quarti and his wife, Beverly, of North Little Rock, John Quarti and his wife, Kathy, of St. Cloud, Fla., James Sadler and his wife, Judi, and Gene Sadler and his wife, Jane Ann, all of Dallas, Texas; two nieces, Marilee Taylor of North Little Rock and Claudia Reynolds and her husband, Larry, of Collegeville; and several great-nieces, nephews, and friends. Visitation will be held 6-8 p.m. Sunday at Ashby Funeral Home in Benton. Services will be 2 p.m. Monday at Pinecrest Memorial Park, with Rev. David W. Smith officiating. Family comments: In her youth loved dancing the "jitter bug." She enjoyed painting ceramics and was one of the first members of the Collegeville Arts and Crafts Club. She participated in many craft shows, displaying her ceramics and some needlework. She loved flowers, Christmas and M&Ms. She always enjoyed animals and spent many hours with her poodle Diamonique. The family would like to thank everyone at the critical care units (SICU, CCU, MICU) of Baptist Hospital.

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