Tom Mayfield investigates the Locke and Sykes Families

Tom Mayfield

Tom Mayfield

The Locke and Sykes families came to life during a presentation today by Tom Locke Mayfield this afternoon at the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library. Around 30 people listened as Mayfield explored the method behind researching his family and revealed personal letters and stories about the two families. The highlight of the presentation included two old home videos of his mother Irene Malcolm Locke Mayfield as a young girl.  Footage also included Tom Locke’s Zoo in Columbus from the 1920s and a post World War I parade down Main Street. 

Archivist Mona Vance said, “Mayfield has done an excellent job researching his family by utilizing the records available at here the Billups-Garth Archives as well as all over the country.  Hopefully this will inspire others to investigate their roots here in Columbus.”

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.

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Published in: on November 4, 2008 at 2:10 am  Comments (1)  

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  1. So I was wondering if I could get information regarding whether Thomas Locke has a personal website I can contact him on. At the present moment out of a seemingly holy curiousity I found a site mentioning Thomas Locke and I also found it mentioning “The Friendship” house. I wanted to gather any or all related information. Is this in anyway related to the Catholic Friendship houses that mirrored the Hospitality Houses of The Catholic Worker movement…or is it a Methodist equivalent; or just a funeral home :)?? Either way all possible details would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.


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