A heart of gold stopped beating, two shiny eyes to rest.
God broke our hearts to prove to us, He only takes the best.
God knew you had to leave us, but you did not go alone,
For a part of us went with you that morning, He took you home.
Your suffering was great and God knew best.
He whispered softly and said, “Come home and rest.”
Antionette Latrice Sykes, the youngest daughter of the late George L. Sykes and Mary L. Ratcliff Sykes, began her journey through life on Friday, March 16, 1973 in Emporia, Virginia.
Antionette obtained her education through the public schools of Greensville County, Virginia and went on to further her education in Atlanta, Georgia. Upon returning to Emporia, she gained employment at Central State Hospital, as a mental health technician, where her love for helping others grew.
Antionette was very family-oriented. Nothing brought her more joy than spending quality time with her family and friends. She loved couponing, entertaining and helping others. Her motherly instinct allowed her to become a mentor to her children’s friends, as she always opened her heart, as well as, her home to them.
Don’t grieve for me, for now I’m free, I’m following the path God laid for me. I took his hand when I heard his call, I turned my back and left it all. I could not stay another day, To laugh, to love, to work, to play. Tasks left undone must stay that way, I’ve found that peace at the close of the day. If my parting has left a void, Then fill it with remembered joy. A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss, Ah yes, these things I too will miss. Be not burdened with times of sorrow, I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow. My Life’s been full, I savoured much, Good friends, good times, a loved one’s touch, Perhaps my time seemed all too brief, Don’t lengthen it now with undue grief. Lift up your heart and share with me, God wanted me now, He set me free - On Sunday, May 23, 2021; while in the care of Bon Secours St. Francis Medical Center, Midlothian, Virginia; God lifted our beloved Antionette from this world of sin, sorrow and pain, to a place of peace and sweet eternal rest. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by: her first born, Dominique L. Sykes; sister, Angelique Sykes and niece, Angel L. Sykes.
May the winds of heaven blow softly and whisper in your ear, how much we love and miss you and wish that you were here. Her truth and love will forever be remembered and cherished by: her life-long companion, Shadeed Jones; her children, Keian S. Hayes, Devon K. Hayes, Jaliear R. Jones, Javontae’ R. Jones; granddaughter, Zai Hayes; niece, Layla L. Sykes; a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, other relatives and friends.
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