Sikes family to be honored at Homecoming

For the past six decades, one family has made a deeper impact on the York College campus than any other. For size and longevity alone, the Sikes family is significant—42 members of the family have attended classes at YC, and many of those also served as faculty or staff over the years.

More important is the family’s contribution to the spiritual life at YC and how they continue to bless the college as ambassadors all around the world.

Many bearing the name of Sikes were campus leaders during their college years. On athletic teams, in choirs, and in clubs, they could be counted on as friends and classmates, known for their good nature and infectious joy.

Sikes family reunion in 2008

After college, they went on to honor their alma mater as they worked in ministry in foreign and domestic fields, became doctors, educators, church elders and Bible class teachers, bank managers, and more.

In recognition of all that the Sikes family has done for York College, the school will honor the family with the York College Legacy Award, to be presented at Homecoming alumni chapel on Saturday, October 13, 2012.

Jack and Robbie Sikes
Jack and Robbie Sikes

The award recognizes the entire family, but special tribute is due to parents Jack and Robbie Sikes. They sent their oldest child, Joyce, to York College in 1964. Then throughout the 60s, 70s, 80s and into the 90s, their other 12 children followed in their big sister's footsteps. Not long after that, a second generation of Sikeses arrived at York College. Some of that generation are current students at YC.

In 1973, Jack and Robbie were recognized as York College Parents of the Year. At that point, six of their children had attended YC. Since then, the Sikes’ footprint on the campus has grown exponentially.

Robbie says that she and Jack were very intentional about raising a Christian family. They did their best to plant seeds of faith in their children and they were pleased when each chose to attend YC when they were ready to leave home.

Jack and Robbie with grandson
Jordan, YC class of 2003.

“We could see how the spiritual commitment of our children was able to take root and grow stronger in a Christ-centered community. Each time one of them would come home for holidays or summer we could not help but notice how York College had provided exactly the kind of growth culture we had hoped for,” she says.

York College wishes to recognize Jack and Robbie for their dedication to Christian education and the sacrifices they made to ensure it was available to their children and grandchildren.

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*Correction: an earlier draft of this story stated that 51 Sikeses had attended classes at YC.



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