The Sharing of Experience

Read testimonials from people who have planned and experienced services here.

Oftentimes the best way to get a sense of how you’ll feel is to hear directly from families that have held services for loved ones at James and Sikes Funeral Homes. We invite you to read and explore a range of testimonials and get the best sense possible of what your experience can be. Please ask us any questions, any time. We want nothing more than to help you through a difficult time with ease, peace and healing.

“Best funeral home. Professional and family oriented. I would never use anyone else.”

Janna Isabella April 01, 2017

“The family of Bob Cloud would like to thank Chris and his staff for the caring and sincere way in which they handled Dad’s funeral service. They were sensitive and understood the grief we were going through. Everything was perfect, and It Dad’s wishes. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!”

Cloud Family

“James & Sikes has been our family’s choice since 1973 when we lost our first family member. We’ve been most pleased with their services!”

Jeanne Hollon December 01, 2018

“Chris Sikes and Ken Rogers are two of the finest guys I know.”

Dennis Love

“Mr. Sikes showed us that his whole heart and soul is totally involved in caring for the needs of our family at a time when it mattered the most.”

Leon Miller

“Dear Mr. Sikes, I wanted to take a moment and sincerely thank you and your staff for the wonderful job you did in reference to my mom, Valerie J. Cox’s viewing and funeral arrangements. You and your staff were professional, courteous and compassionate from the time you picked my mother up from the Rehab Center to when we placed her body in her final resting place. I greatly appreciate you, and the rest of your staff for answering any questions I or my family had no matter what time of the day or day of the week it was, either through email, text, in person or over the phone. This was a difficult time for my family and we are very grateful to you and your staff for being there with us to help guide us through every step of arranging everything. Again, from the bottom of my heart, thank you so much for your kindness, guidance and professionalism and services. We could not have picked a better facility to take care of my mother’s final arrangements. May God continue to bless you all in your business. God Bless, Jennifer Cox Nolan”

Jennifer Cox Nolan

“I have known Chris Sikes both personally and professionally for many years and have nothing but the upmost praise for him. In your time of need for a funeral home you could not find a better firm then James & Sikes - Maddox chapel. Their staff is both friendly , courteous, helpful and very professional at all times. Their tradition of service is well known in this area.”

J. Melvin

“Compassionate staff. They walk you through an overwhelming life transition as caring professionals.”

K. Bass

“Our family has experienced two tragic deaths of children we dearly loved. One was a two-year-old, Joy Bout, who passed in 2005, and the other was 19-year-old Herman Williams, who passed just a month ago. For both of these mournful occasions, James & Sikes has provided instant relief and support during a time that it was difficult to even think clearly. They gently and lovingly served us and cared for the family members and friends of these children with a tenderness and respect that ministered to our entire community. We are extremely grateful for the professionalism, sensitivity, compassion and guidance that every staff member displayed. Their benevolence relieved us so that we and our family and friends were able to put difficult details behind us and move on to grieve and mourn our loved ones. We are thankful to God to have a resource like James & Sikes in our community. They are faithful friends who are dedicated to serving all people, and they exemplify the spirit of Christ in their ministry to the brokenhearted.”

Pastor Brandon Griffin

“Dear Friends at James and Sikes, Thank you so much for the wonderful job you did to make our precious mother's "home-going" celebration special in every way. It was, as always, a pleasure and blessing to work with you. Especially at such a difficult time when we needed help and support the very most. You were such an encouragement and took such good care of us. We surely are grateful to you and ask you to please keep us in your prayers for continued strength and comfort. With love and appreciation, The Wester Family”

The Wester Family

“Our family suffered the sudden, tragic loss of our husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, Charles "Charlie" Croft. We could not have endured the long week prior to his funeral without Chris Sikes and his staff at James and Sikes-Maddox Chapel. The dignity and compassion with which they served will never be forgotten by the Croft family.”

Julia Croft

“We used James & Sikes when my Dad passed away 10 years ago and we were so pleased with their caring service. When my Mom passed away on July 8th, 2018, the care, compassion and dedication was honestly above and beyond. I can't imagine anyone not using this funeral home when their need arises. Mother was beautiful. Thank you all so much for your service and support to my family.”

D Grulke

“James & Sikes is hands down the Best. If you want it done right.”

G. Tipton

“"Thank you for taking care of my beloved friend and her family".”

Ann Holman March 07, 2021

“I and my family would like to thank Chris Sikes and his associates at James & Sikes Funeral Home for the professional manner in which they handled my father's funeral. Well organized and much appreciated. No words can express our family's appreciation.”

Robby Roberts

“Y'all were so good to our family when my father Dean Stokes passed away. My family has used y'all for every family member that has passed. We will be forever grateful to you...”

Elizabeth Stokes

“Thank you very much for everything you did for my dad, my family, and me. I appreciate it all so much and your kindness helped us through a very difficult process.”

Laura W.

“Such gracious people, attention to detail, very classy, They did an awesome job with my mom's services. wouldn't use anyone else, the best I've ever seen.”


“The Spirit truly dwells within them. Our son was treated gently, with beauty, honor, compassion, a ceremony so professional and earnest. Exquisite executive.”

P McDaniel

“Thank you so much for providing such a lovely funeral for our mother, Nell Melzer. Tracie did an amazing job making mother's remains look as she would have wanted. Please thank her for us. Your staff were unfailingly helpful and kind, and we are grateful to them. Miss Doris was always willing to help us, too. Thank you all very much.”

The Family of Nell S. Melzer

“I would like to thank all of the family and friends for the love and support during our families time of grief. I would also like to thank Chris and Tracie Sikes and also Chad Bright for the great job they did. God bless each of you.”

Grace B. Chatwood

“Chris, Tracie, and everyone else that had a part of helping us honor Pape Frank Bylsma, I thank you from the bottom of my heart!!!!! Today was the hardest day of my life, but the caliber in which his service was played out from start to finish was that of excellence. In fact, as I was pondering today how much less painful this process has been with Chris handling every single detail and Tracie making sure pape Frank looked so handsome, God showed me that what James and Sikes provide is a MINISTRY not a business! I felt the presence of JESUS from the second Chris came to my mother's after Pape passed until today when I went back to the cemetery after the service to visit with him and saw the perfection of how all the flowers were placed over his grave. Ministry yes a ministry is definitely what James and Sikes provides. I will forever be grateful for the care, detail, and compassion Chris, Tracie, and their staff provided the Bylsma family!!! May God continue to bless the ministry that gave us so much peace!!”

Julie Melton

“No detail was too small. My Mom and our family felt your compassion during this difficult time. Your customer service is excellent & very appreciated by our Family. Thank you again.”

J Gilmore Blocker

“Chris, I want to thank you for your professionalism and the courtesy you extended to the Jackson family.”

C. Williams