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Michael Darell Sikes (Mike), 79

Michael Darell Sikes (Mike), age 79, passed away Thursday, June 7, 2018. Mike was born April 30, 1939 in Aurora, Missouri. 

Mike began his career in the shoe industry cutting shoe patterns right out of high school and remained in the shoe industry until retirement.  He worked for several companies including Monroe, Hushpuppy, Sebago and Wolverine. He specialized in shoe design and pattern making, and his expertise took him to several other countries.

One of his most noteworthy accomplishments was designing the boots for the 1976 Winter Olympic Team. He personally hand braided the zipper pulls, and his kids helped attach the brass Olympic clasps on the braids. Mike also enjoyed playing golf.  

 Mike was proceeded in death by his wife, Judy Sikes, his parents, Joseph Warren Sikes and Jewel Helen Long Sikes, his brothers, Kenneth Warren Sikes and Richard Sikes, and his sister, Carolyn Sue Leffington.

Mike is survived by his daughter, Paige Robinson, his two sons, Tim Sikes (Vicki), and Marty Sikes (Jennifer); Dana Zyskowski (Paul), Jim Black (Bec), Chip Black,  and Matt Black (Lindsey); nine grandchildren, Megan Peterson (Rob), Laura Greenwood (Alan), Derek Sikes, Anna Rosenthal (Tyler), Julie Robinson, Tory & Abby Zyskowski, Bella & Charley Black; one great granddaughter, Brighton Greenwood; his sister, Marilyn Phillips; as well as three brothers, Terry Sikes (Kathy), Gary Sikes (Leesa), and Craig Sikes (Debbie).

Cremation arrangements are under the trusted direction of A Natural State Funeral Service, 2620 West Main Street, 2620 West Main Street, Jacksonville Arkansas, 72076. 501-982-3400.


  • Sherry J. Guthrie Posted June 9, 2018 9:17 AM

    I enjoyed Mike when he lived in Dyersburg. I remember his apple pies he brought us. A very kind, loving man.

  • Carol Tower Posted June 9, 2018 10:06 AM

    Gary & Leesa … so sorry for your loss. Mike was a great guy. I always enjoyed talking with him. My thoughts and prayers for you and your family.

  • Marylin Posted June 9, 2018 10:18 AM

    Love you always

  • Melanie (Rea) Walker Posted June 9, 2018 11:22 AM

    Hugs and prayers to the family.

  • Mike Argo Posted June 9, 2018 7:28 PM

    Many good times were experienced with Mike at Munro & Company. So saddened for you loss and my prayers are with you all. May he Rest In Peace!

  • Sissy Posted June 10, 2018 6:17 AM

    My deep condolences to the Sikes family,
    The pain of losing a loved one is oh, so real. I truly understand because recently my husband fell asleep in death after 50 years of marriage. May you find some comfort in the Most High God’s word (Psalms 83:18) . Yes, He promises a time when we can see our loved ones again (Acts 24:15) in perfect health (Isaiah 33:24) and He says where: Psalms 37:11 and how long (Psalms 37:29). May you hold on to God’s promises.
    May comfort & peace be with you.

  • Jack and Patricia White Posted June 10, 2018 7:24 AM

    So very sorry to the family and friends of Mike. He was my classmate as were several other of his siblings, sister, Marilyn grads together. My sympathies to each and all that loved him.

  • Helen Dawdy Weeks. Posted June 12, 2018 1:08 AM

    Marilyn, my he as rt h oes out to you on the loss of your brother.

  • Pat and Richard Hess Posted June 12, 2018 10:11 AM

    Deepest sympathy

  • Betty Jones Posted June 12, 2018 7:30 PM

    Gary and leesa, and the rest of the family, I am sorry for your loss. Condolences from the Jones family, Betty, Donna and Randy.

  • Steve Jackson Posted June 13, 2018 3:04 PM

    Loved your Dad. I remember the fun times at Heber a he always had great stories. I remember getting Tim and Marty some beer and we got caught. My Dad insistent demand that I go and apologize and I was scared to death. Your Dad wasn’t happy about what happened but he was so nice and used the situation to help me develop character from the situation. I actually felt good about myself after the apology. He built me up instead of adding more shame. Your Dad was a class act to me and a great friend to my father. Sorry for you loss and praying for y’all.

  • Freda Hilton Posted June 16, 2018 10:10 AM

    Just now reading this, Marylin. Deepest sympathy to you and your family in this loss.

  • Jim Irvin Posted July 2, 2018 3:29 PM

    I am so sorry to hear this. I worked with Mike at Rick Hill Nissan in Dyersburg, Tn. Mike was always a dependable individual. He has been missed by us. My deepest sympathy to the family.

    Jim Irvin

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