LELAND — Gary Frink “Gramps” Sikes Sr., 66, passed away peacefully Monday, May 31, 2021, with his children at his bedside at Lower Cape Fear Hospice in Wilmington. Gary Fought a long, hard, brave and courageous battle with cancer. He fought with such strength just like a warrior. He truly is “tougher than woodpecker lips.” He has now joined his Lord and Savior and is now at peace. The family appreciates all the thoughts, prayers, love and support shown to him and us throughout his courageous fight.
Gary was born April 25, 1955, in Wilmington to Clyde McCoy Sikes and Marjorie Frink Sikes. He is survived by his loving mother, Marjorie Frink Sikes of Wilmington, and was preceded in death by his father, Clyde McCoy Sikes; and his son, Gary Frink Sikes Jr.
Gary is also survived by his three loving and doting children and their families. His daughter, Amanda Sikes McCormick, and her husband, Joseph B. McCormick; son, Jeffrey S. Sikes Sr., and his wife, Crystal C. Sikes; and son, Mason L. Sikes, and his wife, Elana M. Sikes. Gary also leaves behind his nine grandchildren that he loved and adored, Catherine L. Malone, Gary F. Sikes III, Jeffrey S. Sikes Jr., Kenneth White, Nathan White, Tucker B. McCormick, Raegan M. Knowles, Alex M. Sikes and Cody E. Sikes. Gary is also survived by many other loving family members and friends, including his siblings, Shirley Budd, Barry Sikes and Phyllis Murray.
He graduated from John T. Hoggard High School in 1973. He then served in the U.S. Air Force at the Francis E. Warren Air Force Base in Wyoming. Not long after moving back to Wilmington, he began his career at Corning Inc., where he retired as an industrial mechanic after 30 years of service. During his time there, he made many lifelong friends. Gary was a phenomenal welder and anyone who knew him, knew he had a knack for being able to fix or create anything.
His love of the beach and fishing were also a passion of his. One of his favorite things do with his children when they were younger was to take them fishing, whether it be from the john boat, the beach, a dock or a pier. He also loved to ride his motorcycle with friends or by himself. He loved to work in his yard, especially after retirement, as he took such pride in this. His love and passion for animals was also unmatched. If you were ever around him or had the chance to know him, you were able to see the love and kindness in his heart. He loved and lived life to the fullest. He was a loving dad and a son, brother, gramps/grandaddy, uncle, cousin and friend who will be dearly missed but always with us in our hearts.
A celebration of Life will be held at a later date.
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