Taylor DeWitte Sikes

May 12, 1980 - May 28, 2013
Taylor DeWitte Sikes


Taylor DeWitte Sikes died of a sudden illness on Tuesday, May 28, 2013 at his home in Bennetts Point, South Carolina. He was born in Wilmington, North Carolina on May12, 1980 to Horace Michael and Bobbi Y. Sikes.

He grew up in Wilmington, graduated from Laney High School and Cape Fear Community College. Like his father he acquired his love, respect, and vast knowledge of the ocean at an early age. He spent his early years fishing tournaments and as his father was a consistent winner, becoming SKA Junior Angler, Division 1, in 1994. This affinity led Taylor to IYT and MPT in Fort Lauderdale, FL where he obtained licensure to navigate large vessels in international waters. He spent many happy years cruising yachts in the Caribbean and eventually returned the Spray to Edisto, South Carolina. Where he spent the remainder of his life working with the James Doran Company and at the time of his death was Vice President of St. Jude’s Farms, a sustainable shellfish and seafood company, in Bennetts Point, SC.
Taylor was well known and respected for his knowledge and conservation efforts of the Coastal South Carolina waters and served on the Board of the South Carolina Shellfish Grower’s Association.

Taylor’s happiest times were on the water with Erica racing his Allison speedboat down the Edisto River, scoping out potential places to hunt alligators and ducks. He had found his true home out in the country surrounded by the Ace Basin.

Taylor was preceded in death by his father, Horace, his maternal grandfather, Robert L. Yopp, Jr. and fraternal grandparents, Thurman and Ruby Sikes. He is survived by his mother, Bobbi; brothers, Christopher (Christy) and Michael; Maternal grandmother Edna Yopp of Jacksonville; loving niece, Addison; Love of his Life, Erica van Bavel; uncle, Robbie (Ida) Yopp of Jacksonville, NC; aunt, Mary (Frank) Richards of Greenville, SC; and cousin Allison (Curtis) of Greenville, SC.

A celebration to honor Taylor’s life will occur on Sunday, June 2, 2013 in Mount Pleasant, SC at the home of Bob and Tracy Doran, Taylor’s “South Carolina” family.

In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to South Carolina Ducks Unlimited, www.ducks.org or South Carolina Shellfish Grower’s Association.

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  • June 01, 2013
    Bill Clark says:
    Chris, I am so sorry to hear of your brother's passing. God help you through you time of grief and I will Keep Taylor in my prayers.

  • May 31, 2013
    Sonny and Gail Sikes says:
    Bobbie and family, Wish we could have known Taylor...never got to meet him,we cousins did not get together, sadly, very often, but it is obvious he was quite the man. Our thoughts are with you.

  • May 30, 2013
    Whit Rawls says:
    My memories of Taylor are from the age of 3 or 4, when Taylor was 4 or 5. My mother, Jean Rawls, babysat/nannied for Taylor and Chris occassionally and I got to play with them at their house in Middle Sound. I think we were in Mrs. Rumple's class together (2nd/3rd grade combo) also, a few years later, at Odgen. I did not know Taylor well but I read an article about him yesterday in a SC newspaper that described him as someone who was leading an interesting life on earth. My prayers are with the famil and may he rest in peace.

  • June 02, 2013
    Jeff Johnson says:
    I'm very sorry to hear of Taylor's passing! Rodney Johnson and my mom Cathy were very much too. Our condolences to you and family! Let us know if we can provide any help! Jeff Johnson

  • June 01, 2013
    Jeri Snelling says:
    Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Sikes family. We are so sorry to hear about your loss.