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Barbara Sykes Stroud

February 5, 1953 - November 20, 2019

Visitation Services

6:00 - 8:00 P.M. Saturday, November 23, 2019

Echols Funeral Home
803 Brunswick Avenue
Emporia, Virginia 23847

2:00 P.M. Sunday, November 24, 2019

Sykes Family Cemetery

Barbara Sykes Stroud, 66, died Wednesday, November 20, 2019, at Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center.

Although born in North Carolina, Barbara lived and worked her whole life in Greensville County, the daughter of Alice Brickell Sykes and the late Dana Weaver Sykes. In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence Eugene Stroud. Barbara attended Chowan College, where she was later named “Person of the Year” in the Womens Recreational Association and was inducted into the Chowan College Sports Hall of Fame. She later earned her Bachelors degree from Longwood College. Barbara served with the Greensville County Sheriff’s Department for 24 years, retiring as a Captain. She was an avid hunter and golfer, a great cook, and loved spending time with her grandchildren.

In addition to her mother, Alice Brickell Sykes, Barbara is survived by her son, Brian W. Stroud and his wife Ashlee, her daughter, Mary Alice Banner, a sister, Wanda W. Wilson, grandchildren, Brantley Eugene Stroud, Kiersten Banner, and Kandie Hicks.

Graveside Services will be held Sunday, November 24, 2019, at 2:00 P.M. at the Sykes Family Cemetery with Pastor Tom Spizzirri officiating. The family will receive friends Saturday, November 23, 2019 from 6:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. at Echols Funeral Home.

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