Donations assist family in laying Joe Sykes to restBy KELLY BENFORD KBENFORD@DDTONLINE.COM,
Funeral arrangements are being arranged for the hometown hero, Joe Sykes, a long time employee of Doe’s Eat Place. Sykes was shot and killed on June 22 in the 400th block of Sunflower Street.
The Doe’s Eat Place - The Original Facebook page shared a link on June 25 to a GoFundMe account they created to help with funeral costs.
On the GoFundMe page several comments were written offering compassion and sympathy.
Doe Signa III said, "We are going to help take care of his family the best way we can. He was part of our family. This is just another way we can bring his family support. Please for his family and friends can we please keep positive as they go through this grieving process.”
According to the comments from the GoFundMe, Sykes will be greatly missed.
“Just want to thank everyone for all that you've done,” said Olympia. “Especially the prayers my Pops was loved and touched by so many people!! Continue to pray for us and we'll do the same for you all!! Again thanks everyone!!”
“Joe was a kind and gentle man,” said Joe and Barb Boyd. “He was an ambassador for Doe’s and for Greenville. His death was senseless and stupid. We wanted to try to provide some comfort for his loved ones.”
On June 23, Doe’s posted on Facebook, "It is with great sadness that we regret to inform you of the passing of Joe Sykes. 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."
Donations can be made at gofundme.com/joe-sykes-funeral-fund. At press time, $3,845 of $5,000 has been raised and the page has been shared 296 times.
“I want to thank the community for the love that they are showing my brother and it goes as a living testament to my mom that my brother lived his life the way she raised us,” said Rosa Sykes, Joe’s sister. “Just being nice.”
Mayor Errick Simmons, in a press release on June 25, expressed his condolences to the family of Joe.
“The City of Greenville family has lost a true public servant in Joe Sykes. Joe was a friend to many who visited the worlds famous Doe’s Eat Place during his more than a decade of outstanding service to all the great customers and visitors to our great City. Joe was respected for his commitment to service, his warmth, and his relentless belief in doing all things needed from security, escorting customers to their cars, and even holding the door open while you enter and leave the restaurant were all kind acts of Joe.”