A service to celebrate Frank Sikes’, 77 years of life is scheduled at 10:00 AM on Tuesday, February 28, 2023, at Turning Point Community Church. He died on Sunday, February 19, 2023. Please view the service broadcasting schedule, floral purchasing, and an area to share stories of Frank with his family here on this page
“Every man’s life ends the same way. It is only the details of how he lived and how he died that distinguish one man from another.” Ernest Hemingway. The preceding quote is from the opening page of Frank’s book. Following are some of Frank’s details that document a life full of faith, family, love, and laughter. The youngest of 7, Frank Sikes was born February 28, 1945, to George and Floy Stroman Sikes in Plainview, Texas. Except for a brief residence in California as a young boy, he grew up in Plainview and graduated from Plainview High School in 1962. He attended Texas Tech University where he was Saddle Tramp and Sneed Hall President. While at Tech he met his future wife, Nancy Wiley. They married on December 27, 1965, in Lovington, New Mexico. After graduating from Texas Tech in 1967 he joined the Navy and entered Officer Candidate School in Rhode Island. He proudly served as Lieutenant JG aboard the USS Little Rock stationed in Gaeta, Italy 1968 – 1970. The family returned to the US and settled in Houston, TX where he entered the retail business as Distribution Manager at Foley’s, Joskey’s, and Sakowitz. He attended the University of Houston School of Business from 1973-1975. He moved the family to Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1979 and finally back to Lubbock in 1984 where he began his self-employed Real Estate career in Home Inspections, Appraisals, and as a Real Estate Broker. He enjoyed his work never retiring and worked until the very end.
He received his master’s degree in religion from Wayland Baptist University in 2011. Immediately after earning his master’s, he began a passion project of writing a book, and in July 2017, his book West Texas Middleweight – The Story of LaVern Roach was published. He enjoyed attending book signing events and was always more than willing and happy to discuss the book. Frank enjoyed traveling; he and Nancy had the pleasure of many travels throughout Europe during their stay in Italy and a couple of North American cruises in their later years. Frank and several of his Navy buddies and the wives reunited annually in different locations throughout North America.
After the passing of his wife Nancy in February 2019, he met and fell in love with Barbara Dalby. They married on September 25, 2019, in Lubbock, TX. Frank continued his love of travel by taking Barbara on many state-side vacations and trips to Hawaii and The Bahamas.
Frank had a great sense of humor and never took himself too seriously. He loved God, his family, his country, and his Red Raiders. He was a beloved husband, dad, father-in-law, brother-in-law, and PopPop. He was a great friend to many and a favorite uncle to his nephews and nieces.
Frank is survived by his wife Barbara Sikes; children, Samantha (Dale) Ritter, Brian (Amy) Sikes; granddaughters Madison (Ryan) Miller, Bella Sikes; stepson, Michael (Jordyn) Dalby; step-grandchildren Ava Dalby, Andrew Dalby, Shelbi Balentine; sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, cousins, and beloved friends.
He is preceded in death by his parents, George and Floy Sikes; his wife, Nancy Wiley-Sikes; and all 6 of his siblings.
In lieu of flowers, donations to UMC Cancer Center www.umchealthsystem.com/giving or UMC Foundation 602 Indiana Ave, Lubbock, TX 79415 are requested.