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Nancy Duty Sykes

April 29, 1944 July 15, 2019
Nancy Duty Sykes
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Monday, July 15, 2019, marked the end of a beautiful life that was well lived. Nancy Duty Sykes left this world, she was at home surrounded by her family where she wanted to be. She was a wonderful soul who never failed to see the best in people and always had a smile and a kind word for everyone she knew. She was a precious friend to many, a loving wife, mother and grandmother who valued her family above everything.

Born April 29, 1944, to Ellis and Wealthy Duty, Nancy was the third of six children. She was a member of the Grundy High School Class of 1962, that same year she married her high school sweetheart on July 28. Together they created a family that filled their lives with happiness and joy. Nancy was an active member of the Little Prater Church of Christ for over 50 years. She was a true example of a Christian lady with a servant’s heart, quietly sharing her talent, a pie, a hug or whatever she had with those in need. She directed and wrote many Christmas and Easter plays, sang with the LPCC Quartet, sang in the choir, taught Sunday School, quilted with the Busy Bees, and organized numerous church activities. She was employed by the Buchanan County School Board for 38 years; she began as an aide at Vansant Elementary School and would later spend thirty of those years as a secretary and bookkeeper at the central office. In addition to her day job, she baked, sold and delivered birthday and wedding cakes along with other baked specialties for more than 30 years. She loved to cook and bake and feed the people she loved. She was happiest when her home was full of family, food and laughter.

She was preceded in death by her parents Ellis and Wealthy Duty, sister Brenda Bostic, brother Kermit Duty and niece Tresea Lee. Those left to cherish her memory are her devoted husband of 57 years, Lynn Sykes; son Mike Sykes and wife Teresa of Choctaw, Oklahoma; daughter Karen Sykes Brown and husband Troy of Grundy; three grandchildren Jordan Sykes and wife Jessica of Norman, Oklahoma, Bailee Rogers and husband Austin of Grundy, Peyton Hall and husband Kyle of Georgetown, Kentucky; one sister, Martha Ann Church of Grundy, two brothers Tony Duty and wife Cathy of Abingdon, Stanley Duty and wife Sandy of Cedar Bluff, sister-in-law Jean Duty of Lawrenceburg, Tennessee and brother-in-law Brady Bostic of Grundy along with a host of nieces and nephews that she loved dearly and her sweet little dog Abby.

Funeral Services for NANCY DUTY SYKES will be conducted Friday, July 19, 2019 at 11:00 A.M. at the Little Prater Church of Christ with Pastor Ken Runyon officiating with entombment to follow in the Mountain Rest Mausoleum, Mountain Valley Memorial Park, Big Rock, VA.

Friends may call at the Little Prater Church of Christ Thursday evening at 6:00 P.M. with services at 7:00 P.M.

Active Pallbearers are Scott Bostic, Rob Bostic, Bub Duty, Matt Lee, Josh Lee, Duane Church, Kermit Duty, Jr., Mike Getz, Anthony Church, Cheyenne Osborne and Darrel Wise.

Honorary Pallbearers are Mark Keene, Randy Wimmer, Gerald Vanover, Jon Searle, Larry Fields, Michael Brown, Willie Childress and Alvin Childress.

The family wishes to thank the ladies of the Little Prater Church of Christ and the staff of Special Care Hospice for their love and kindness during the past weeks.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Little Prater Church of Christ Kitchen Ladies and Busy Bees so that others in need may be served.

Grundy Funeral Home of Grundy, VA is honored to serve the family of NANCY DUTY SYKES.


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Previous Events

Visitation

Thursday

18

Jul

6:00 PM 7/18/2019 6:00:00 PM
Little Prater Church of Christ

Little Prater Rd.
Grundy, VA 24614

Little Prater Church of Christ
Little Prater Rd. Grundy 24614 VA
United States

Service

Thursday

18

Jul

7:00 PM 7/18/2019 7:00:00 PM
Little Prater Church of Christ

Little Prater Rd.
Grundy, VA 24614

Little Prater Church of Christ
Little Prater Rd. Grundy 24614 VA
United States

Funeral

Friday

19

Jul

11:00 AM 7/19/2019 11:00:00 AM
Little Prater Church of Christ

Little Prater Rd.
Grundy, VA 24614

Little Prater Church of Christ
Little Prater Rd. Grundy 24614 VA
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

Mountain Valley Memorial Park Final Resting Place

Big Rock, VA

Big Rock VA
United States
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