Horace Michael Sikes

July 16, 1946 - September 19, 2012
Horace Michael Sikes


Horace Michael Sikes, 66, died peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family on Wednesday, September 19, 2012.

He was born in Wilmington, NC on July 16, 1946 and was the son of the late Thurmon D. and Ruby H. Sikes.

Horace was a life long resident of Wilmington and the Wrightsville Beach area. He was the owner of Bushranger Gate Automation Company. He loved and honored his country with service in the NC National Guard for six years. He was a graduate of New Hanover High School, attended Wilmington and Campbell Colleges, and graduated from Burnside-ott Aviation Training Center.

Horace was most know for his love of the ocean and spent many happy days fishing and diving the coastal waters of the Southeastern United States. He was well known, respected, and loved among the anglers of various North Carolina fishing clubs and tournaments. His active participation includes directing tournaments and teaching seminars sharing his vast knowledge and experience with others.

Horace began his scouting career as a young boy and spent many years as an adult leader with several local troops. He was also a Life Member of the Wilmington NC Elks Lodge #053, Mason Orient Lodge #319, and a former member of the Wilmington Jaycees.

In addition to his love of fishing, Horace loved aviation, and spent many happy hours flying his Piper Cherokee and was the happiest when transporting patients on Angel Flights. In recent years, his new water sport became metal detecting on the beach. Not only did he enjoy the surf in a new way but also met and corresponded during his sickness with new friends in this hobby via the computer.

All thru the years Horace’s benevolent spirit, in quiet ways, helped many, especially young people. He reached out to others with encouragement through his infectious positive attitude. His final contribution was a sacrificial gift to UNC Lineberger Cancer Center to further melanoma research.

Surviving is his loving wife of 36 years, Bobbi Y. Sikes; his sons, Christopher (Christy) of Wilmington, Taylor of Edisto, S.C. and Michael of Wilmington; his “Princess” Addison (granddaughter); father-in-law, Robert L. Yopp and mother-in-law Edna E. Yopp of Jacksonville, NC; brother-in-law Robbie (Ida) Yopp of Jacksonville; sister-in-law Mary (Frank)Richards of Greenville, SC and niece Allison (Curtis) Smith of Greenville, SC.

A Celebration of Life service will be held on Thursday, September 27, 2012 at 7:00 PM at Port City Community Church in Wilmington, Visitation will precede the service from 5:30 – 7:00 PM.

In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to Lower Cape Fear Hospice, 1406 Physicians Dr., Wilmington, NC 28401 or UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, CB #7295, UNC-CH, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7295.

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Wilmington Funeral and Cremation, 1535 S. 41st Street, Wilmington, NC 28403 910.791.9099


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  • September 21, 2012
    Barry Turano says:
    Horace was one of the finest people I have ever known. I am certain that his kindness to everyone he met will be repaid to him in heaven. I feel blessed to have known such a wonderful man. Rest in peace Captain Horace.

  • September 21, 2012
    Sherry Reeves says:
    Bobbi & Family Remembering you in our thoughts and prayers. You have so many special memories that you will always be able to cherish. Sherry Reeves

  • September 21, 2012
    Debra Zarnow says:
    Bobbi, Even though I never met Horace, I felt that I knew him through your stories. He was a wonderful husband, father and grandfather. I know you will miss him, but he is now at peace. My sincere condolences to you and your family.

  • September 21, 2012
    Bob & Barbara Gunter says:
    Our thoughts & prayers are with you all at this time.

  • September 22, 2012
    Buddy Brande says:
    I did not know Captain Horace personally but instead met him through an online boating and fishing forum. In July of this year I responded to one of his post at which point we discovered we shared more than just a love for the ocean, fishing, and the outdoors. In July I too was diagnosed with Melanoma in my right eye. Horace opened up to me about his condition and encouraged me to fight which I have done and will continue to do going forward. My only regret is that I never got a chance to meet him in person because it is pretty easy to tell that he was a wonderful man that will be missed by all that knew him!