Mrs. Joanna Sykes Wilder

  • Born: April 5, 1937
  • Died: July 2, 2019
  • Location: Murray, Kentucky

J. H. Churchill Funeral Home

201 S. 3rd Street
Murray, KY 42071
Tel. (270) 753-2411

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Mrs. Joanna Sykes Wilder, age 82, of Murray, Kentucky, died on July 2, 2019, at the Anna Mae Owen Residential Hospice House in Murray, Kentucky.
She was born April 5, 1937, in Detroit, Michigan to Wendell Allbritten and Sadie Wilson Allbritten while they were there for work during the depression. They soon moved back to Calloway County where she graduated from New Concord High School and Murray State University.
Joanna was a teacher and school librarian for over 40 years, 27 with the Calloway County School System and 14 with the Buncombe County School System as a Media Specialist in North Carolina. She loved her students and always enjoyed seeing them and having them speak to her, even after she could no longer remember their name.
She was an active member of the Glendale Road Church of Christ and assisted with the benevolent program. Mrs. Wilder assisted with the Glendale Road Church of Christ Library as well as the Caring and Sharing Program. She was a charter member of the Rho Chapter of the Alpha Delta Kappa Sorority and enjoyed volunteering at Angel's Attic.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her first husband, Max M. (Buddy) Sykes who died in 1980.
Joanna is survived by her husband, James Wilder of Murray, Kentucky; her son, Shea Sykes and wife Brenda of Murray, Kentucky; two grandchildren, Josh Sykes and wife Abby of Murray, Kentucky and Kelsey Sykes of Jeffersonton, Virginia; two great-grandchildren, Nola Sykes and Nash Sykes of Murray, Kentucky; one step-son, Bart Wilder of Birmingham, Alabama; two step-grandchildren, Drew Wilder and Micah Wilder of Birmingham, Alabama; two brothers, Hal Allbritten and wife Patricia of Murray, Kentucky and Ike Allbritten and wife Pat of Murray, Kentucky; as well as several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m., Saturday, July 6, 2019, at the J.H. Churchill Funeral Home with John Dale and Steven Hunter officiating. Burial will follow in the Murray City Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., on Friday, July 5, 2019, at the J.H. Churchill Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to the Anna Mae Owen Residential Hospice House, 803 Poplar Street, Murray, Kentucky 42071 or the Alumni Association of Calloway County Schools, c/o Leah Evans 337 Candlelight drive, Almo, Kentucky 42020.
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Condolence & Memory Journal

So sorry to hear about Joanna. The family is in my thoughts and prayers. Love to all!

Posted by Vicki Steelman - Hazel Green, AL - Family   August 17, 2019


Mrs. Sykes was my 4th grade teacher at Kirksey..I loved her and she was the best Teacher!!

Posted by Martha Clark Clark - Benton, KY - Friend   July 10, 2019

To the entire Wilder family,I extend my heartfelt sympathy. Jimmy and I would often see each other as both our wives were at Spring Creek. I am out of town otherwise I would extend my thoughts in person. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Posted by Dave Hornback - Murray, KY - Friend   July 03, 2019

Joanna was one of the first peope that we met when we moved to Murray. She was our next door neighbor and helped us build our house. Joanna became a very good friend to us and remained so. Shea, Bobby and I are so sad to see her go but we know she was very loved. Our prayers are with you and Jimmy and the whole family.

Posted by Susie Malone - Knoxville, TN - Friend   July 03, 2019

A wonderful sister in Christ who impacted all who knew her. She blessed us with her presence on earth and is now rejoicing in heaven. We will miss her and offer our deepest sympathy and condolences to Jimmy and the rest of the family.

Posted by Tim, Lisa, Katelyn, Brady Clubb - Asheville, NC - Friend   July 03, 2019

MS. Joann was a very special lady. I had her as a teacher in Kirksey school. one of the sweetest ladies ever. Shey and family you have my deepest condolences. prayers for peace and comfort

Posted by Rheaneita Lamb Humphrey - kirksey, KY - Student   July 03, 2019

Shea, I am sorry to hear of the passing of your mom. I always enjoyed talking to her during my time at school. May you find comfort through prayer now and in the days ahead.

Posted by Ladon Haley-Berlin - Evansville, IN - Friend   July 03, 2019


Dear Shea and family, I was so sorry to hear of your mothers passing .Its so hard to let go and give them up but when you realize they aren't suffering anymore and are at peace it makes it a little easier. I have fond memories of when you all lived down the street and you and Mike and David would play and ride your bikes .and all the kids in the neighborhood would gather at our house to play ball and we would play football in Dwane's side yard. Your mother was a sweet person and your dad too I remember when he died. Shea I pray that God will hold you close and keep you In the days ahead. again I am so sorry you all take care.

Posted by Terie Burkeen-Frederick - Murray, KY - Family Friend   July 03, 2019

My Aunt Joanna was a wonderful and giving person. She led a good, long life and was kind to all she met. I will treasure her in my memories.

Posted by Amy Allbritten - Murray, KY - Family   July 02, 2019

Your friends, Max and Ernestine Clubb, send our love and condolences to Jimmy, Shea and Brenda, and all the family. We loved Joanna so much and we will miss her sweet smiling face and cherished conversations on the many trips that we shared with Jimmy and Joanna together. She was a good Christian role model to all those who knew her. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. May God give you peace and comfort during this difficult time.

Posted by Max and Ernestine Clubb Clubb - Asheville, NC - Friend   July 02, 2019

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