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Edward “Sykes” Cropper

Apr 20, 2017
Edward “Sykes” Cropper

printed 04/21/2017


Edward “Sykes” Cropper, age 87, of Bishopville, Maryland, passed away Friday, April 14, 2017 peacefully at home with his family by his side.

Sykes was born in Salisbury and was the son of the late Edwin S. and Nellie (Selby) Cropper.

Sykes retired from Worcester County government as the fire marshal/director of Emergency Services.

In 1966, Sykes became the first full-time fire marshal for Worcester County, where he served for 30 years. He was a 60-year member of the Bishopville Volunteer Fire Department, a 61-year member of Synepuxtent American Legion Post #166, past president of the Worcester County Fireman’s Association, and member of Fire Marshal’s Association of North America.

He was the chairman of the committee for building the Worcester County Fire Training Center. He was a member of Wilson United Methodist Church and served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Betty Bunting Cropper; one daughter, Sherry C. Harrington and husband, K.C., of Bishopville; daughter-in-law, Ellen Cropper of Selbyville; two grandchildren, Dale Cropper and wife, Brittany, and Blakelyn Harrington and fiancé, Ethan Davis; step-granddaughter, Delilah, and several nieces.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Eddie D. Cropper; brother, Benjamin Cropper; and a sister, Fleda Campbell.

Special thanks to his caregivers, Darlene and Vaun-Tae.

The funeral was held on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at Wilson United Methodist Church in Bishopville with Rev. Paul Sherwood officiating. Interment was in Bishopville Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: Bishopville Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 350 Bishopville, Maryland 21813, or Wilson United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 375, Bishopville, Maryland 21813.

Condolences may be sent by visiting www.bishophastingsfh.com.

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