Gerald Bruce Dykes, 78, of Deweyville passed away Monday, Nov. 9, at Beaumont Nursing and Rehab.
Gerald was born Dec. 7, 1936 in Soso, Ms., to Lucinda (Turner) and Bruce Dykes. He lived in the Deweyville area for 30 plus years and was a member of First Baptist Church in Deweyville. He served his country in the US Air Force and retired as a boilermaker in 1990. Gerald enjoyed going camping, hunting, fishing and working in his flower and vegetable gardens. He loved his animals, Little Bit, Feather, Buddy and Tomcat. Gerald also enjoyed watching sports, especially his step-granddaughter, Madison. Gerald was a loving person, who will be missed dearly.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his dog, Naenae.
Gerald is survived by his wife, Shirley Dykes of Deweyville; daughter, Ethelree Dykes of Laurel, MS; son, Everett “Stogey” Dykes and wife, Sonya of SoSo, MS; step children, Angie Cunningham and husband Scott of Littlefield, Brady Scarborough of San Antonio, Daphne Armour and husband Dan of Lumberton; sisters, Zelda Brunson and Donis Stanfield, both of Houston and Jean Shelton of San Diego, CA. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Casey Dykes, Somner Dykes, Swana and Erin Paluch; step-grandchildren, Brandon and Brooke Davis, Ethan Davis, Emma Davis, Madison Gallien, Ashley Cunningham, Kayley Cunningham and great grandchild, Carson Paluch.
A funeral service will be held Friday, Nov. 13, at 1:30 PM at First Baptist Church of Deweyville, with a gathering of family and friends from 11:30 am until service time. The Rev. Damon Bickham will officiate. Burial will follow at Doyle Cemetery in Starks. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Dorman Funeral Home. Condolences may be expressed for the family at www.dormanfuneralhome.com.
Pallbearers will be Dan Wimberly, Otis Ray Hennigan, Cal Ebner, Larry Welch, Gerry Weldon, Johnny Deranger and Brad Bickham. Honorary pallbearers are Bobby Duncan, Eddie Zerlott and A.C. “Plug” Weitzel.