Sylvia Kicklighter • June 14, 2021



On Monday June 14, 2021, Sylvia Lane (Watson) Kicklighter, took her final breath peacefully while asleep in her bed.
Sylvia was born March 4, 1944, in Leesville, LA to Joseph and Vivian Watson of Baton Rouge, LA. She was raised alongside her spirted siblings Dr. Jane W. Lamb, Gloria Jo Watson (Gogo), and Joe Watson, Jr. who would prove to make up her world for most of her life. Sadly, her sister Gogo and brother Joe predeceased her, yet it did not stop the stories of them and expressions of how much she loved them all. Visits with her sister Jane in the final years were incredibly treasured by her.
Sylvia was married to Ray Kicklighter for a period and together they brought their pride and joy Amy Kicklighter (Waddell) into this world. She always wanted the best for her daughter and was not afraid to push to see her obtain the best. Sylvia was incredibly proud of the woman Amy became, and they spent many wonderful moments together in these final years.
Sylvia had a strong drive to improve this world. She sought out a career as a teacher after attending Auburn University and Troy University. Never afraid of a challenge she taught in the 7th and 8th grade. While she was awarded teacher of the year, hearing from her former students was more important to her, and she did receive wonderful complements often (in fact, right up to the end).
One of the greatest moments in her life was when she became a grandparent. The love for her grandson, Finnley Ray Waddell, knew no bounds. It was an unconditional and pure love. Later in life when she was not well, his presence seemed to always bring a smile to her face. Any story of Finn was a welcome one.
She spent her retirement traveling all throughout North America, yelling for her Auburn Tigers, and advocating for all she saw wrong in this world. In the end, Sylvia wished for all to know she loved Jesus, her family, her students, and her country.
A private service with family was held on the morning of Friday June 18th. If you wish to remember her leave a note for her grandson at Pensacola Memorial Gardens website, https://pmgfuneralhome.com/ otherwise, the family requests you to pass on a good deed to another in her memory. We think Sylvia would like that.

  1. Jennifer Summerlin says:

    I taught with Ms Kicklighter at Wedgewood Middle School. As a young beginning teacher Ms Kicklighter was so kind to me. I will always cherish the fun times, the laughs, the dinners, and the stories. You will be missed Ms Kick

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