Gun shots take Sykes from family, community


Gun shots claimed the life of Joe Sykes, 64, of Greenville, Saturday evening in the 400th block of Sunflower Street, near Doe’s Eat Place.

Just before 11 p.m. the Greenville Police Department responded to a call in reference to a shot person. Upon arrival, officers located the victim laying in the street with apparent wounds from a gun shot.

According to GPD, emergency medical personnel responded and were unsuccessful in  attempts to save the life.

Washington County Coroner Methel Johnson was dispatched and pronounced the subject deceased. 

Assistant Chief Michael Merchant said there is no information regarding a suspect at this time.

“Investigators are currently following up on leads,” Merchant said. “We will provided more information as it becomes available. Anyone with any information is asked to call the Greenville Police Department or Crimestoppers. 

Jerkeya Ledlow said the community support and love shown for her grandfather has been tremendous.

“Joe Sykes was my granddad. He was the most loving caring person anyone could ever meet,” she said. “Our family is really hurt behind this, and also the community people all over Greenville. Even people that are from different states that visited Doe's are hurt, because he worked as the security guard there, and they loved him as well.”

A post on Doe’s Eat Place - The Original Facebook page informed the community of Syke’s death.

The post has more than 600 comments and more than 2,300 reactions.

“It is with great sadness that we regret to inform you of the passing of Joe Sykes,” the post states. “Joe has been a security guard and valued member of the Doe’s family and team for over twenty years. He will be greatly missed by us and all of our guests that have come to know and love Joe through the years. Please keep Joe’s family in your thoughts and prayers as they go through this difficult time.”