Jesse Wayne Dykes, 86, of Johnson City, went home to be with his Lord on Friday, February 8, 2013 in the James H. Quillen Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center. A native of Washington County, he was a son of the late Earl and Cleat Riddle Dykes. He was a graduate of Happy Valley High School, the University of Hawaii and received a master’s degree from the University of Indiana. His areas of study were mathematics, statistics and linguistics. He served in the United States Army and the Air Force during World War II. He traveled the world, was involved in research and spoke many foreign languages. Mr. Dykes owned and operated a hotel in New Orleans from 1965 to 1985. Afterward, he moved to Bay St. Louis, Miss., where he resided until moving back to Elizabethton in 2012. He was of the Methodist faith. He had many close friends in Mississippi, Tennessee and Virginia. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers: Dana, Arvil, Jim, Clarence, Roy, Grover and Dennis, and his sisters: Kate, Erma, and Dorothy.
Survivors include his sister, Frances. Mr. Dykes was well cared for by his nieces and their spouses: Kathy & Steve Bailey, Kay & Jerry Freeman, Fay & T.H. Johnson, Amy & Sam Cooke; and a special nephew, Dean Dykes.
Graveside Services will be conducted at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Mountain Home National Cemetery. Military honors will be provided by the American Legion and the Tennessee National Guard. Pallbearers will be selected from family and friends. To those who prefer, memorials may be made in memory of Mr. Dykes to the Watauga Point United Methodist Church, 416 Sabine Street, Elizabethton, TN 37643. Family and friends will assemble at the funeral home at 1:50 p.m. Tuesday to go to the cemetery. Condolences may be e-mailed to email@example.com.
Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of all services.