Estate of longtime Aberdeen resident on auction block

By Jeff Clark/Monroe Journal

ABERDEEN – Antiques and collectibles from the history of Aberdeen will be auctioned today from the estate of longtime resident Virginia Sykes.
The auction will be at 10 a.m. at Stevens Auction Company.
Items included in the Sykes collection include money from the First National Bank of Aberdeen from 1929, oil paintings and furniture dating back to the Civil War.
Sykes moved to Aberdeen in 1942. According to auction company owner Dwight Stevens, she assisted her husband with the management of Sykes Plantation in Prairie and Sykes Commission Company, a farm supply company.
“The Sykeses lived at the Old Homestead, one of Aberdeen’s most well-known and historic homes, until 1961,” Stevens said. “Mr. Sykes died in 1961 and Mrs. Sykes stayed in the Old Homestead until 1965 when she moved into the antebellum cottage Dunlee.
“Sykes was a true Southern lady – independent, warm, gracious and perpetually kind. Her story is one of history, romance, dedication and Southern grace. This can all be seen through the wonderful collection of antiques and fine items she gained over almost 70 years in Aberdeen.”
Sykes died Dec. 7, 2009.