Erma Lee Dykes, 92, of Elizabethton, went to be with her Lord, Tuesday, February 12, 2013, at Hermitage Health Center after a brief illness.
Erma was born to E. France and Maude Murray Dugger, April 20, 1920, in Carter County, Tenn. She worked for many years at Anderson’s Grocery in Elizabethton and was a bookkeeper for years in small businesses. She was also an excellent seamstress, specializing in formal and bridal attire. She also loved to quilt.
Erma was a Charter member of Southside Christian Church, which was built in 1936, and was active in service for many years.
Erma was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Oscar Dykes, former sheriff of Carter County; her son, J.B. Dykes; a grandson, Glenn Dykes; brothers, John and Ray Dugger; and sisters, Mamie Seaton, Viola Phillips, June Owens and Nell Thomason.
Survivors include her son, Mack Dykes of Colonial Heights; grandsons, Donald Ray Dykes, Mark Dykes, Lance Dykes and Chad Dykes; several great-grandchildren; her brother, Carmon Dugger and wife Charlotte of Elizabethton; daughters-in-law, Carol Luethke of Oak Ridge, Mary Anne Dykes of Florida; a brother-in-law, Troy Thomason; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services for Mrs. Dykes will be conducted at noon Thursday, February 14, at Memorial Funeral Chapel with Mr. Mike Koruschak and Mr. Richard Thomason, ministers, officiating. Music will be provided by Charles Dugger. Entombment will follow in the Mausoleum of Hope at Happy Valley Memorial Park. Active pallbearers will be her grandsons and nephews. Honorary pallbearers will be James Murray, Ray Hill, Jim Pearson, Troy Thomason and the Deacons and Elders of Southside Christian Church. The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. until noon Thursday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Gideon International or East Tennessee Christian Home of Elizabethton. The family would like to express a special “Thank You” to the wonderful staff at Hermitage Health Center for their support and many acts of kindness and to Dr. Vivian Clark. Friends may also visit at the residence of a grandson, Donald Ray Dykes, or at the residence of Carmon and Charlotte Dugger. Condolences to the Dykes family may be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.