Saturday, March 27, 2010 at 10 a.m.

301 High Street; Aberdeen, Mississippi 39730

Aberdeen is 35 miles southeast of Tupelo, MS on U.S. 45


Stevens Auction Company is pleased to announce the auction of the late Virginia Sykes, of Aberdeen, Mississippi.  This absolute auction will include items from Mrs. Sykes’ personal, historic estate.  Her story is one of history, romance, dedication and Southern grace, all of which can be witnessed through the wonderful collection of antiques and fine items she gained over almost 70 years in Aberdeen. 


Virginia Sykes was a true Southern Lady, independent, warm & gracious, and perpetually kind.  The daughter of a banker from Camden, Tennessee, Mrs. Sykes forsook a college education in order to start her very own trucking business right out of high school, in 1939.  Her trucking company hauled chert for Southern companies.  Years later, in the spring of 1942, Mrs. Sykes came to Aberdeen and was introduced to Eugene L. Sykes, Jr.  It was love at first sight, and they were married by the summer of 1942—a match made in heaven.


Eugene L. Sykes, Jr. was eternally devoted to his Virginia, and she to him.  She was very active in the Aberdeen community as well as with her husband’s varied business interests, helping him manage Sykes Plantation, outside of Aberdeen, and the Sykes Commission Company, a farm supply business.  Eugene L. Sykes, Jr. was also a member of the Board of Directors at his father’s bank, First National Bank in Aberdeen.  He & his Virginia made their home at the Old Homestead on Aberdeen’s Main Street and lived there together until he died in 1961.  Mrs. Sykes lived in the Old Homestead, caring for her father-in-law, until his passing in 1965.  Afterward, she sought a smaller abode where she could live the rest of her life, at which point she found Dunlee, an antebellum cottage suited perfectly for her, where she lived until she died at the end of 2009.


Auction information and new images of items to be offered are continually updated on our website:  However, for information not found online or for a brochure, please call our office at (662) 369-2200 or email us at  Additionally, reserved seating and phone bids are welcome with advanced arrangements.  Refreshments will be available the day of auction.  There are no reserves. 


The auction preview will be held on Friday, March 26, 2010 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.  Auction doors will open at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 27, 2010. 


Terms: Cash, All major credit cards or pre-approved check.  All sales final with no warranty expressed or implied.  Announcements made day of auction take precedence over all written material.  A 12% buyer’s premium will be charged on the total purchase price, with a 2% discount for Cash.

Business/Personal Checks accepted with proper I.D., or Wire Transfer.  Not responsible for accidents.

Follow this link to view items being auctioned.