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Born in SE Georgia, Mary Estella Watson was oldest of 4 siblings, living the rural agricultural lifestyle of the day with their mother and father working on local farms. She graduated high school and later married Vincent "Happy" Sykes. They had 1 daughter , and when I was 1 year old, they moved to Pinellas County, FL to better Dad's employment opportunities. She was a homemaker/mother until I entered 7th grade, at which point, she began her career cleaning resistor wires to tolerance. They believed in lifelong learning & education & managed to send me to SPC and PBAU. They also purchased 2 homes and some rental properties, now sold, during their lifetime.

They joined Sunset Point Baptist Church soon after moving to FL and were lifelong members. There, mom worked primarily in Children's Ministries, sometimes with Dad, and other times with others. Over the years, they both touched many lives for the Lord, including many young people that they took under our roof for varying time spans. Their legacy of devotion to God and His work stands as inspiration to many of us.