Former Liberty County Sheriff Robert Vernon "Bobby" Sikes passed away early Monday morning, according to a family announcement on Facebook.
Sikes served as Liberty County sheriff after his father, Paul H. Sikes, died in office in August 1959. Sikes served the remaining two years of that term and two terms by election. He left office for other interests but was re-elected to the position after sheriff Bill Phillips died during his second term in office.
Sikes kept getting re-elected and served until 1992. On Sept. 9, 2009 Sikes marked the 50th anniversary of the day he was first sworn in.
Sikes also owned a local distributorship of the Standard Oil Company, with an office in the McIntosh community.
He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Lynn Sikes and his three sons Robert Clayton, Steven and Edward Gil Sikes.
Sikes was born inside the old Caswell Hotel, which stood where the new justice center currently is. The building was owned by Sikes’ grandmother Clementine Elizabeth Caswell.
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