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Harrison Sykes

Obituary of Edward Turner Sykes, Columbus, Mississippi.

Maj. Edward Turner Sykes, born in Morgan County, Ala., March 15, 1838, died at this home in Columbus, Miss., on February 18, 1922, having nearly completed eighty-four years. He was a son of Richard and Martha Sykes, who went from Virginia to Alabama at an early day, and, where their son was a baby, moved to Columbus. There he grew to manhood, and there on November 16, 1863, he was married to Miss Caroline Harrison, who survives him. Nine years ago this splendid old couple celebrated their golden wedding. To this union there were born four children, two sons and two daughters, the daughters surviving him, with their mother. There are also a number of grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Edward Turner Sykes was a brave, chilvaric Confederate soldier. He went into the army a captain and was paroled as a major. The title of "General" was honorary as a staff appointee U. C. V. He left Columbus at the outbreak of hostilities to join the 10th Mississippi Regiment, under the command of Gen. Edward Carey Walthall. He was afterwards in the command of Gen. W. H. Jackson. He fought for his convictions in the sixties, and remained to his convictions to the last.

In April, 1843, Edward Turner Sykes united with the Methodist Episcopal Church, and remained a faithful and consecrated member. He was also an active Sunday school worker, having a class of Bible students (men and women) in the Methodist Sunday school. He was a Mason, an Odd Fellow, and Past Commander of the Knights of Pythias of Mississippi. With ability and energy he discharged every duty upon him, and his place will be hard to fill.

SOURCE: Confederate Veteran Magazine, April, 1922.

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