(KENNESAW, Ga.) Jasper Reese "Sonny" Pike of Kennesaw, Ga., died Jan. 5, 2021, at the age of 88.
The family will hold a celebration of life service at Winkenhofer Pine Ridge Funeral Home in Kennesaw on Jan. 10. Visitation starts at 1 p.m. EST with a service to follow at 3 p.m. The memorial service will be livestreamed on Winkenhofer Pine Ridge's Facebook page.
Sonny was born Feb. 22, 1932, in Rock Mills to Robert Doil Pike and Vester Hammond Pike. Sonny's wife of 67 years, Dolly Jackson Pike, was by his side at their Kennesaw family home where they raised their four sons.
In 1950, Sonny graduated from Handley High School in Roanoke. After high school, he served his country in the Korean War. After his military service, Sonny moved to Marietta, Ga., where he had a long career with Lockheed, retiring after 38 years.
Sonny was most proud of his large family. He talked with his sons almost every day and enjoyed keeping up with everyone in the family. A true family patriarch, he was devoted to helping any family member with whatever they needed. He had a great sense of humor and loved to listen to people talk about their work, travel and adventures. Sonny enjoyed the outdoors. He loved to hunt and work in the garden. He also was an avid sports fan, especially when it came to The University of Alabama football and NASCAR.
Sonny is preceded in death by his parents and sister, Louise Pike Knight.
He is survived by his wife Dolly; sons and daughters-in-law, Joey Pike (Kathy), Kenny Pike (Sherri), Keith Pike (Judy) and Chris Pike (Debbie); brother, Dorsey Pike; sisters, Erma Jean Stitt and Jackie Howard; sisters-in-law, Mary Kampe and Judy Haun; brother-n-law and wife, Gene Jackson (Louise); 15 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren, as well as many nieces and nephews.
Sonny's love and friendship will continue to bring joy to his family and friends as they hold him close in their hearts.
Memorial donations can be made to the Pike Family Scholarship at Kennesaw State University at http://bit.ly/PikeFamily.
Winkenhofer Pine Ridge Funeral Home, Kennesaw.