Walter Lee Sikes

April 19, 1938 - February 19, 2022

Walter Lee Sikes, 83, of Lumberton, died Saturday, February 19, 2022, at Christus Southeast Texas – St. Elizabeth, Beaumont. He was born April 19, 1938, in Paris, Texas, to Bessie Lou Lindsey Sikes and John Clay Sikes. Walter had a kind, gentle soul. His hobbies included making furniture, woodworking, gardening, and helping others. He retired after thirty-seven years as a lineman and line foreman with Gulf States Utilities and Entergy. Walter was a member of the Lumberton Masonic Lodge #1430 and a faithful member of North End Baptist Church for fifty-nine years.

He is survived by the love of his life, who he always called baby, Jo Ann Sikes of Lumberton; his little baby and daddy’s girl, Laura Sikes of Lumberton; sisters-in-law, Johnnie McManus of Beaumont; Ronnie Hamilton and her husband, Roger, of Beaumont; niece, Kelly Simon and her husband, Chad, of Beaumont; nephew, Jud Hamilton and his wife, Agata, of Poland; niece, Christina Morgan and her husband, Andrew, of Austin; and many great nieces and nephews.

Walter is preceded in death by his parents, John and Bessie Sikes; brother, James Sikes; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Joe T. and Zeffie Ramos; brother-in-law, Billy Ramos; granddogs, Maggie and Emma; and many friends and family that have gone before him.

A gathering of Mr. Sikes’ family and friends will be at 11:00 a.m., with his funeral service beginning at 12:00 p.m., Thursday, February 24, 2022, at North End Baptist Church, 5115 Eastex Freeway, Beaumont, with his interment to follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, 4955 Pine Street, Beaumont.

Memorial contributions may be made to the North End Baptist Church, 5115 Eastex Freeway, Beaumont, Texas 77706; the Humane Society of Southeast Texas, 2050 Spindletop Avenue, Beaumont, Texas 77705; or to the Masonic Lodge #1430, 305 Fletcher Road, Lumberton, Texas 77657.

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Download Program

Gathering of Family and Friends

North End Baptist Church
  • 5115, Eastex Fwy, Beaumont, TX, 77706,
  • February 24, 2022
  • 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Funeral Service

North End Baptist Church
  • 5115, Eastex Fwy, Beaumont, TX, 77706,
  • February 24, 2022
  • 12:00 pm


Forest Lawn Memorial Park
  • 4955, Pine St, Beaumont, TX, 77703,

Comments (14)

    Mary Manning says:

    Oh my dear friend, I’m sooo very sorry to hear of your father’s passing. I wish I had known in time to attend
    His service.. I’ll never forget how you were there for me. I’m keeping you in my prayers as well as your mom.

    rodney c wing says:

    JoAnn and Laura, after both families moving we didn’t stay in touch, but I still remember the helping hand he was ready to give anytime on anything , may he rest in peace. Prayers be with you !

    Mark E Martin says:

    JoAnn and Laura,
    I am saddened in learning of Walter’s passing; from the time he was my Sunday school teacher in the 5th grade and thru all the years since a person could always count on a warm smile and friendly greeting from Walter.

    amanda Sikes says:

    Rest in peace Uncle Walter, this world won’t be the same without you. I will always remember all your words of wisdom.

    Sandy choate says:

    We are so sorry about your Dad, he is in Heaven with love ones and just know We are there for you when you need us.
    Sending you Prayers and Love.
    Sandy and Doug Choate

    Jimmy Sikes says:

    Uncle Walter had a profound impact on my life, with his good humor and gentle wisdom. I will always cherish the time we spent together, and I was truly blessed to have had him in my life.

    With deepest condolences, Jimmy

    Anita Cole Vogel says:

    Dear Jo Anne and Laura,
    Walter loved God. He loved his family.
    He loved his church. He loved people. He enjoyed life. If anyone followed the Golden Rule, Walter did.
    May you find comfort during this delicate time. The loss is immeasurable, but so is the love left behind.
    With our deepest sympathy,
    Anita & Jerome Vogel

    Otis & Billie Mitchell says:

    We are sorry to read about Walter’s passing. He was always a gentleman when he greeted us on Sunday morning. We pray that our Most High will grant you His love and comfort during this time.
    In Christ’s Love,
    Otis & Billie Mitchell

    Jeanie Holt says:

    JoAnn, I am so sorry for your loss. We admired Walter so much for his kindness. He was such a friendly person. He was always willing to help others with his woodworking talent. I am sure he had many talents. We enjoyed the friendship of both of you for many years.

    Robert Purks Sr says:

    I met Walter when he was a inspector years ago and I was doing tree work then he was a good man, I never knew he was a Mason until he was at daddy’s 60th anniversary for them. Our prayers are with Laura,her mother and family at this time 🙏🏻

    Stephen and Jill Piazza says:

    Laura, oh what a sweet kind daddy you had. Such an inspiration to others. We will pray for you and your mother during this difficult time. God has gained an Angel for sure !

    Aleta Wheeler says:

    Love and prayers.

    Jim Dumesnil says:

    To the SIKES family my prayers are with you. Walter was all ways a gentlemen to everybody,and all ways had a big smile,I worked in another department but at eleven st service center everybody knew each other.Walter will be missed by his family and friends.

    Phil and Georgia Dunlap says:

    A great man full of kindness and grace. Prayers for his family.

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