Oscar Blane Dykes, age 78, of Maplewood subdivision, passed away Wednesday morning, June 25, 2014.
He was the son of the late William Bill and Laura Rose Dykes of the Dykes community. He was known as "Papaw" to all children who knew him.
He is survived by his wife Barbara Bridgeman Dykes of Somerset, Ky.; eight children, Jeffery (and Jeannie) Dykes, Ronnie Dykes, Michael (and Robin) Dykes and Melissa Canada, all of Somerset, Ky., Darrell (and Melaney) Canada and Mark (and Linda) Canada, of Berea, Ky., Misty (and Samuel) Johnson of Wilmore, Ky., and Chrystal Speaks (and Kevin) of Somerset, Ky.
He is also survived by one brother, Onva (and Donna) Dykes of Indianapolis, Ind.; four sisters, Lila (and Norman) Thompson of Muncie, Ind., Faye Wiggington of Indianapolis, Ind., Hulda (and Charles) Baugh and Regenia (and Eldon) Hyden, of Somerset, Ky.; grandchildren, Stacy and Christy Dykes, Mindy Dykes, Logan Dykes, Aaron Vaught, Dustin Meece, Jacob Canada, Alex and Austin Helton, Connor Speaks and Colyer Speaks, Jessalyn and Madelyn Johnson; great-grandchildren, Austin and Lindsey Dykes, Ayden and Lakelynn Dykes, Bailey, Sydney and Kamryn Wilson, Jackson Dick, and Tanner Vaught; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends who will sadly mourn his passing.
Along with his parents he was preceded in death by a son, Lloyd Wayne Dykes; one grandson, Kevin Dewayne Dykes; two brothers, Lawrence and Roy Dykes; four sisters, Buelah Phelps, Iva Dean Goff, Arettia Goff, and Christine Griffith; sisters- and brothers-in-law, Ruby and Bessie Dykes, Gilbert Bridgeman, Byrd Phelps, Wesley Goff, Talmadge Goff, Donald Griffith, and Almond Wiggington; and father- and mother-in-law, Gene and Pauline Bridgeman.
He was a kind and loving man who was loved by all who knew him. There was nothing he wouldn't do for anyone, at any hour. He was the rock of the family and none of us know what we will do without him. His greatest love was working, and he had worked up to a year ago.