Wayne Dykes, 97, of Baytown, formerly of Sulphur Springs, TX, was born August 11, 1915, in Winnsboro, Texas, and passed away Wednesday, May 22, 2013, in a Baytown hospital.
He married Cora Walker in Dallas, on June 18, 1938, then in 1946, Wayne and Cora bought the Walker Family Farm, five miles SW of Sulphur Springs, Texas.
He was a retired dairy farmer as well as owner and operator of the Lake View Mobile Home Park in Sulphur Springs, where he also was a member of the Busy Men’s Bible Class at First Baptist Church and a fifty plus year member of the Sulphur Springs Masonic Lodge #221.
In 2006 he and his wife moved to Baytown, Texas, to live near their family.
After her passing, he continued to live with his son and daughter-in-law.
He was an active member of Memorial Baptist Church where he enjoyed being involved with his Sunday School. He played 42, four times a week and was the president of the 42 Club that met at St. John’s United Methodist Church where he will be sorely missed by these close friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Laura Dykes; wife, Cora “Ted” Dykes; brother, Irwin Dykes; and sisters, Janona Law, Geneva Rainwater and Doris Cowan.
He is survived by his sister and brother-in-law, Mary Ruth and Vernon Percival of Dallas; his son and daughter-in-law, Norman and Brenda Dykes of Baytown; granddaughter, Sherry Dupont Newman and husband, Chip and grandson, Billy Norman Dykes, all of Baytown; great grandchildren, Dylan Wayne Dupont and Kaitlyn Jane Dupont; brother-in-law, Jim Walker of Franklin, TN; several nieces and nephews, as well as special friend, Frances Lankford, and church and 42 Club friends.
His family received friends Friday, May 24, 2013, at the Memorial Baptist Church Chapel, followed by a funeral service, with Rev. Randy Piatt officiating and Rev. Alan Beck assisting.
On Friday, May 31, 2013, a graveside service will be held at the Sherley Cemetery in Hopkins County approximately seven miles south of Sulphur Springs and west of Highway 19 with Rev. Fred Lewis officiating.
Serving as pallbearers will be Billy Norman Dykes, Chip Newman, Dylan Wayne Dupont, Eddie Gray, Billy Rhodes, and David Kadjar. Honorary pallbearers will be Charles Cody, Clyde Hughes, and the Memorial Baptist Adult 7 Sunday School Class.
In lieu of flowers please send donations to one of the three places closes to his heart: the ROC at Memorial Baptist Church in Baytown, www.memorialbaytown.com; the ROC at First Baptist Church Sulphur Springs, 116 Oak Ave., Sulphur Springs, TX 75482, www. ssfbc.org; or the Texas Masonic Retirement Center, 1501 W. Division St., Arlington, TX 76012, www.txmrc.org
To view the online obituary or to post a tribute for the family, go to www.navarrefuneralhome.com
Arrangements are under the direction and personal care of Navarre Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 2444 Rollingbrook Dr., Baytown, TX, 77521 (281) 422-8111.
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