|Birth: ||Jul. 13, 1926|
|Death: ||Jan. 17, 2011|
Roy was the second child of Balla (Polston) and Cassius Sullivan. He was born in Kentucky, but spent the first four years growing up in Cincinnati where his mother was a school teacher and his father a meat cutter for Krogers.
In the 1930s his family moved back to south-central Kentucky where he and his brothers worked on the family farm. His sister, Fern was born in 1938 and his mother passed away in 1940. In late 1942, his father remarried and his brother, Huston, joined the army in early 1943. Somewhere around that time or after, Uncle Roy moved in with his grandparents, Asa and Della Polston.
I asked Uncle Roy once to tell me about his grandfather, Asa, and Roy said he'd have never made it without him, that he was the kindest man he ever knew.
By 1951 he had married and started a family of his own. He and his wife had four children, one born in Kentucky and the other three in Indiana. He and his wife divorced and he remarried in 1958.
Throughout his life, Roy was a hard worker. He had learned, during the depression as he grew up, that if you wanted something, you had to work for it. During those years it was on his family farm and then later it was at Bridgeport Brass during the day and farming in the evening and on weekends. He was also active with his church.
Uncle Roy loved his family and he spent many Sundays after church with his children, his grandchildren and eventually great-grandchildren. Most times I saw him, he had a hat on that indicated he was the best Pop, best Granddaddy, best Grandpa ever. In his casket was placed a hat that was stitched: Hats Off! It's Pop's Last Top.
His obituary from the January 18, 2011 Hendricks County Flyer:
Roy B. Sullivan of Plainfield died Monday. He was 84. Born in his grandmother's home in Russell County, Kentucky, he was a son of the late Cassius and Balla Polston Sullivan. Mr. Sullivan retired from Bridgeport Brass in 1979, after 25 years of service. He also farmed in Clayton. He was a charter member of Bethel Church of the General Baptist in Indianapolis.
Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Nelda Sullivan; children Carolyn Archer and husband Monte, Brenda Powers and husband J.R., Roy Mitchell Sullivan and wife Latena, and Aneita Lemke and husband Walt; grandchildren Carl Kelle III and wife LaDonna, Lisa Cunningham and husband Jeff, Ryan Montgomery and wife Amanda, Rebekah Montgomery, Benjamin Montgomery, Jeffrey Broyles, Balla Broyles and husband Jim Gokenbach, Jeremy Broyles and wife Mandy, Richard Lemke, Melissa Lemke, and Miranda Brimhall; great-grandchildren Brittany, Lauren, Jacob, Addy, Macy, Grayson, Ava, Braxton, and Drake; siblings, Fern Murray and husband Virl, Geneva Underwood, Terrill Sullivan and wife Shirley, and Rodger Sullivan and wife Patty; and a sister-in-law, Marjorie Sullivan. Preceding him in death were brothers Huston, Earl, and Gilbert Sullivan.
Services are 1 p.m. Friday at Hampton-Gentry Funeral Home in Plainfield with the Rev. Wayne Murray [Roy's nephew] officiating. Interment will be at Center Valley Cemetery, with all of his grandchildren serving as pallbearers. Calling at the funeral home is from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday.
Cassius Sullivan (1901 - 1958)
Balla Polston Sullivan (1900 - 1940)
Ellon Freelove Tiller Phillips (1933 - 1976)
Nov 8 1958
Note: My uncle (my dad's brother). No middle name, just the initial B believed to be for his mother, Balla.
Center Valley Cemetery
Center Valley (Hendricks County)
Created by: J.Sullivan
Record added: Jan 17, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 64327990