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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  • May 31, 2013
    Sherry Reeve says:
    Bobbi, Christopher and Family I will be keeping you in my thoughts and prayers. Sherry

  • June 01, 2013
    Sheila Lane says:
    Dear Bobbi, What an amazing, full and rich life that Taylor lived. I am so sorry for your profound loss. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayer. Warm regards, ~Sheila

  • May 31, 2013
    glenda dowd says:
    Bobbi and family, So sorry to hear of Taylor's death. I cannot imagine what you are going through. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • June 05, 2013
    Thunderbolt Marine says:
    We've had the honor of working with Taylor and are shocked and disheartened by his passing. We extend our deepest sympathies to Taylor's family. CROSSING THE BAR Sunset and evening star, And one clear call for me! And may there be no moaning of the bar,When I put out to sea. But such a tide as moving seems asleep, Too full for sound and foam. When that which drew from out the boundless deep Turns again home. Twilight and evening bell, And after that the dark! And may there be no sadness of farewell, When I embark. For though from out our borne of Time and Place The flood may bear me far, I hope to see my Pilot face to face When I have crossed the bar.