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Judson Vann Sikes

June 25, 1944 — February 27, 2024

Watkinsville, Georgia

Judson Vann Sikes, former superintendent of Crisp County Schools, passed away peacefully on February 27, 2024 at the age of 79. He was born June 25, 1944 in Moultrie, GA to Ivey Judson “Jake” Sikes and Lois Bateman Sikes. Vann graduated from Doerun High School in 1962 and earned his associate’s degree from Norman Baptist College in 1964. While attending Georgia Southern College, he earned his bachelor’s degree in history in 1966 followed by his master’s degree in education 1967. He taught briefly at Jonesboro High School before becoming the first curriculum director in McIntosh County from 1968 to 1973.

Vann completed his Doctor of Education degree from the University of Georgia in 1975. Soon afterward, he was hired as the curriculum director for Crisp County Schools in Cordele, GA and later became the assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction. Vann was appointed superintendent of Crisp County Schools in 1991 and served in that position until his retirement in 2005. He loved working for the school system and enjoyed keeping up with the Crisp County Cougars in all events, especially football on Friday nights. Shortly after retiring, Vann worked as a regional facilities consultant for the Georgia Department of Education from 2005 to 2009. He was a long-time member of First Baptist Church in Cordele where he served as a Deacon and occasionally taught Sunday School. He was also an active member of the Kiwanis Club for several years.

Vann is survived by his beloved wife and lifelong partner of 56 years, Jamey Waters Sikes, and his two sons, Brian Sikes (wife Debbie) of Buford, GA, and Brad Sikes (wife Elizabeth) of Watkinsville, GA. He is also survived by his brother, Elwin Sikes (of Atlanta), and his six grandchildren; Chloe, Lily, Quinn, Addie, Grey, and Grant.

Vann was a good and decent man. He never met a stranger and was a positive role model for leadership in the community. He was humble, honest, and respectful. In his profession, he was skilled with human relations and task orientation. He practiced common sense for the common good and showed a strong desire to help people.

Vann loved his family. He was proud of his boys and cherished the times he and Jamey could watch their grandchildren play on the porch. Vann had a green thumb and could always be seen planting vegetables and beautiful assortments of flowers. He loved to read, and was especially interested in World War II history.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be made to the American Diabetes Association (

Visitation will take place Saturday, March 2 from 1-1:50 pm. Funeral services will begin at 2:00 pm at Lord and Stephens, West, followed by graveside services at Oconee Memorial Park at 2370 Hwy 53, Watkinsville.

Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, WEST, Watkinsville, GA is in charge of arrangements.

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