Delores “Honey” Sykes – Another Soldier Gone Home

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The Duncanaires: Honey Sykes top row, second from left.

I was so dismayed to hear that Delores “Honey” Sykes of the Duncanaires and Thompson Community Singers, has passed away.

I spoke with her sometime last month and although she had been on dialysis for some time, there wasn’t any indication that her illness was so acute.  She was a very generous and friendly person.

Honey was a young member of Chicago’s Roberts Temple Church of God in Christ when, in 1952, she and several church friends organized a singing group and named it after Roberts Temple’s Elder Edgar J. Duncan.  The Duncanaires became known as the “Gospel Wonders of the Midwest.”

More details to follow.  Meanwhile, please keep Honey’s family and friends in your prayers.

About Bob Marovich

Bob Marovich is a gospel music historian, author, and radio host. Founder of Journal of Gospel Music blog (formally The Black Gospel Blog) and producer of the Gospel Memories Radio Show.

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