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Melvin Sickles Jr., 89, of Flaggy Meadow Road, Mannington, died Tuesday, June 20, 2017, at his residence.
He was born July 29, 1927, at Wyatt, son of the late Oscar Melvin Sickles and Myrtle Eddy Sickles Parks.
He is survived by his wife, Nancy Kinch Sickles, Bridgeport; two daughters, Elaine (George) Bland and Diane Sickles, both of Mannington; two sons, Paul (Barb) Sickles, Hedgesville and Dale (Sandy) Sickles, Morgantown; 12 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren; a sister, Betty (Jr) Halpenny, Wyatt; several nieces and nephews and former wife and good friend, Dee Dye, Mannington.
He was preceded in death by nine brothers, two sisters, a granddaughter, Melissa Sickles, and a grandson, Dustin Akers.
He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War and was a Golden Glove boxer while in the armed forces.
He was a member of the Charity Baptist Church. He was an avid "junk" collector and donated the proceeds of aluminum cans he collected to his church. He loved kids, passing out candy to them, and also enjoyed trapping.
He retired from the coal mines, having worked at Williams Mine, Four States Mine and mines in Gilmer County. He was loved very much by all and he will truly be missed by all.
The family would like to thank Amedysis Hospice, Ryan, Meredith, Emily and Randy for their great, compassionate care of their father and for the wonderful help of Terry Morgan and everything she did to help
Family and friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Masters Funeral Home, 209 Main St, Mannington. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday in the funeral home with Pastor Jerry Reel officiating. Interment will be at Wyatt Cemetery.
Online condolences may be left for the family at: www.mastersfuneralhomewv.com.
Published on June 22, 2017
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