We are proud of over eighty-eight years of heritage and are grateful to the families of our communities we have served for more than eight decades.
J.J. Edge establishes Maddox Funeral Home
Employees Woodson & Dorothy Maddox purchase the funeral home.
William Leland James & James N. Lipford, Jr purchased the firm and changed the name to James & Lipford Funeral Home Maddox Chapel.
The business expands to include James & Lipford Funeral Home in Graceville, formerly knows as Mitchell Funeral Home
The Sneads Chapel in Sneads is established
Following the passing of Mr. Lipford, the firm's name is changed to James & James Funeral Homes Maddox Chapel.
Christopher Sikes became manager in 1997 and later purchased the funeral homes changing the name to James & Sikes Funeral Homes, Maddox Chapel & Sneads Chapel. The purchase also included James & Lipford Funeral Home, Graceville Chapel.
Established in 1931 by J.J. Edge, employee's Woodson & Dorothy Maddox, purchased the funeral home in 1939. Longtime employees, William Leland James & James N. Lipford, Jr. partnered in 1970 and purchased Maddox Funeral Home changing the name to James & Lipford Funeral Home Maddox Chapel. The partnership then expanded in 1973 to include James & Lipford Funeral Home in Graceville, formerly known as Mitchell Funeral Home. Soon after, the Sneads Chapel in Sneads was established. The partnership dissolved in 1988 with the death of Mr. Lipford. The name would then be changed to James & James Funeral Homes Maddox Chapel. Christopher Sikes began working in 1997 and was named manager. Soon after, Sikes purchased the funeral homes and the name was changed to James & Sikes Funeral Homes, Maddox Chapel & Sneads Chapel. The purchase also included James & Lipford Funeral Home, Graceville Chapel. We are proud of over eighty-eight years of heritage and are grateful to the families of our communities we have served for more than eight decades.
Who We Are
Meet our staff. Members of the local community make everything that happens possible.
Together, we make this place amazing.
Chris was born in Jackson County but grew up in the Bethlehem community in Holmes County where he graduated from Bethlehem High School. Chris attended Chipola College and later attended Jefferson State College in Birmingham where he graduated with a degree in Mortuary Science. Chris was an insurance agent with Liberty National Life Insurance company for a number of years. He is active in the Marianna Community serving as a member of the Chipola Civic Club. He was the former member and past president of The Marianna Kiwanis Club. Chris attends Evangel Church in Marianna. Chris and his wife, Tracie have two sons who are both active in the funeral home. Prior to purchasing the funeral homes, he was the General Manager for a number of years. Chris is an accomplished pianist and enjoys playing at church when he is able. He also enjoys fishing, hunting, spending time with his family and woodworking.
Tracie Bryan Sikes
Tracie is a lifelong resident of Jackson County, she grew up in Bascom and graduated from Malone High School. She attended Chipola Junior College where she became a licensed cosmetologist. She is married to Chris and has two sons, Jordan and Jonathan Sikes.
Licensed Funeral Director/ Manager
Dorothy Lipford Padgett, a graduate of Graceville High School in 1979, has worked at this funeral home for the majority of her life. She attended Chipola Junior College before obtaining her A.A.S. in Funeral Service Education from Jefferson State College in August 1987, also receiving her National Board Certificate in Funeral Service. Dorothy served her apprenticeship with her father, James N. Lipford Jr., before his passing in October 1988. Following the apprenticeship, in January 1989, she received her Funeral Directing and Embalming licenses in Florida. Since then, she has gained Funeral Directing and Embalming licenses in Alabama, and she has also became a licensed Life Insurance Agent and Pre-need agent in Florida, making her an exceptionally well-qualified licensed funeral director with decades of experience.
Licensed Funeral Director
Ken Rogers has been a licensed Funeral director and Embalmer since 1974. He is a graduate of The Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science. He is a former owner/operator of funeral homes, cemeteries and crematories. He has been with the James & Sikes team for over 12 years. He served in the United States Army, serving in Vietnam. He is married to Marilyn Harrell Rogers of Bonifay, FL. He is a member of Christian Center Church. Ken enjoys, working on the farm, hunting and woodwork.
Jordan Sikes is a Jackson County native, growing up in the Bascom community and later moving to Marianna. He is a 2018 graduate of Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service in Houston, Texas. Jordan is currently completing his Funeral Director and Embalmer internship and is soon to be licensed. Jordan is the eldest son of Chris and Tracie Sikes. Being the son of a funeral director, Jordan has been around the funeral home for many years. For the last eight years, Jordan has worked side by side with his father learning the ins and out of the family business. Jordan is married to Claresa Moore Sikes and they have one child. He is a member of Lifepoint Church where he serves on the production and worship teams. In his free time, Jordan enjoys being in the outdoors, grilling, volunteering at church, and traveling.
Claresa Moore Sikes
Claresa was born and raised in Holmes County, moving to Marianna in 2012. She joined the staff of James & Sikes Funeral Home in the fall of 2012 and quickly grew to love the business.
Claresa married Chris and Tracie’s oldest son, Jordan in 2016 and has been a vital part of the funeral home’s team. Claresa and Jordan had their first child in October of 2019. She is a graduate of Bethlehem High School, Chipola College, and Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service in Houston, Texas having degrees in Digital Graphic Design, Funeral Service Science, and Event Planning. She currently serves as the Worship Pastor at Lifepoint Church. Claresa enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, and being in the outdoors.
Jonathan is Chris and Tracie's youngest son. He graduated from Graceville High School in 2014. Jonathan assists at the funeral home as well as Pinecrest Memorial Gardens. He enjoys hunting, fishing and spending time with family.
Angie Knight was born in Dothan, Alabama, and has lived most of her life in Northwest Florida. She is a graduate of Bethlehem School, near Bonifay, Florida.
Formerly a legal secretary for over ten years, Angie, along with her husband, Jeff became ordained ministers, graduating from the West Florida District School of Ministry, then both proceeded to become Commissioned Missionary Associates to the South American Country of Bolivia in 2016. They enjoyed their time abroad, but have returned to where they call home, both finding ways to minister and serve people in many other capacities. Angie uses the funeral home as a way to serve people. Angie is a writer for Street Talk Magazine and attends Evangel Church in Marianna.
Angie and Jeff have 2 daughters, 8 grandchildren, and one little Shih Tzu who is her constant companion. Still her one of her greatest joys, Angie assists her husband as much as possible with leading mission teams.
Ty Daniels is a lifelong resident of Jackson County, and currently resides in Cottondale. He is a 2005 graduate of Grand Ridge School and a 2010 graduate of Chipola College. Ty has been a part of James and Sikes since 2008. Ty serves as the chief of the Cottondale Volunteer Fire Department and is a member of Welcome Assembly of God Church in Dellwood.
Ray was born and raised in cottondale,Florida. He graduated from Chipley High School in 1970. He is married to Pauline Carter. Ray started working in the funeral business part time in the early 80’s. He enjoys camping and fishing in his free time.
Kevin lives in Graceville and is a Graduate of Graceville High School. Kevin joined the Sikes team in 2014 and does an excellent job helping to maintain the grounds.
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