Tom Mayfield: Exploring the Locke and Sykes Families

Some families have resided in Lowndes County and surrounding communities for generations.  Two such families are the Sykes and the Locke’s.  On November 3 at 2pm Tom Locke Mayfield; descendant of John Gilmer, owner of the Gilmer Hotel, and Tom Locke, owner of the largest private zoo in the South in the 1920s known as Locke’s Zoo; will present “Tom Mayfield: Exploring the Locke and Sykes Families.”

Mayfield will explore the history and genealogy of these two families and their impact on the surrounding communities.  He will also include old home videos of these families including footage of Tom Locke’s Zoo in Columbus from the 1920s.  Archivist Mona Vance said, “This is an excellent opportunity to learn not only about these two families, but also how researching your ancestors can lead to understanding the history of a town or city such as Columbus.”

Mayfield, son of Irene Malcolm Locke Mayfield, grew up in Texas and attended Baylor University followed by Southern Methodist University where he received his masters from the School of Banking and Finance.  He served as the President of The Moody National Bank in Galveston, Texas and then of Renfroe Enterprises in Atlanta.  He became interested in his ancestry several years ago after discovering many of his mother’s letters and scrapbooks.  Mayfield seized the opportunity to learn more about his family in order to leave his descendents recollections of his family.  Currently, he lives in Winston-Salem, North Carolina with his wife Janie.

The event will be in the library’s upstairs meeting room.  It is free and open to the public.  For more information call Mona Vance at (662) 329-5304.

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