|Birth: ||Mar. 18, 1947|
|Death: ||Jun. 12, 2013|
My uncle passed away unexpectedly in his sleep Wednesday morning. His obituary from the Hampton-Gentry Funeral Home:
Terrill "Terry" Sullivan, 66, of Plainfield, passed away June 12, 2013. He was born March 18, 1947 to the late Cassius and Letha (Collins) Sullivan in Columbia, Kentucky. He served in the US Army during the Vietnam War. He worked for Bryant Heating & Cooling for 11 years retiring in 1977. He also worked for Yellow Freight for 27 years and retired in 2004. For 20 years he owned Sullivan's Auto Sales in Plainfield until 2008. He was a member of the Plainfield Masonic Lodge #653, Fraternal Order of Eagles #3207, Order of Eastern Star #519 and the American Legion Post 118. He enjoyed flea marketing and spending quality time with his family and friends. Terry is survived by his wife, Shirley (Ford) Sullivan; a son, Terry (Joslyn) Sullivan Jr.; two brothers, Jim (Shirley) Collins and Rodger (Patty) Sullivan; two sisters, Fern (Virl) Murray and Geneva Underwood; brother-in-law, Kenneth (Pam) Ford Jr.; four sister-in-laws, Patsy Starlin, Darlene (John) Ayers, Marjorie and Nelda Sullivan; and two grandchildren, Lukas and Lillianna Sullivan. He was preceded in death by his parents-in-law, Kenneth and Lucille (Polson) Ford; four brothers, Earl, Gilbert, Huston and Roy Sullivan; a brother-in-law, William Starlin; and a sister-in-law, Mary Sullivan. Funeral services will be at 10:30 am on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 in the Hampton-Gentry Funeral Home, Plainfield, where friends may call on Monday, June 17 from 4:00 to 8:00 pm. Burial will be in Maple Hill Cemetery, Plainfield.
My uncle was the type who loved to tell stories and make people laugh. When he was diagnosed with cancer, he didn't tell you about it grimly. He gave the highlights and told anyone else going through the same thing, "We're in this together." I don't exactly remember when he was diagnosed, but he went through treatment for both prostate cancer and appendix cancer while I was being treated for breast cancer. Terrill and I called ourselves the survivors. At Christmas 2011 we made a deal to "see you next year" and we did. We also made the same deal in 2012 and he is not going to be here for the 2013 Christmas get-together.
Celebrating Christmas with my dad's brothers and sisters is something my family has done since Christmas 1959. I cannot imagine Terrill not being a part of it. He was someone who (at least in my memories) was always there and big part of my growing up years.
To say I loved the man isn't enough. And people reading that will wonder why I did not spend more time with him. Luckily we did get to have lunch together a few times over the last couple of years. However, when your body is recovering from an illness that almost took you out, it's not uncommon to let things go undone.
I like to remember our really young years when the whole future was ahead of us and no one knew what was going to happen. I like to remember picking up his future wife and taking her to Fort Knox to visit Terrill before he left to go overseas. I like to think about him stopping by our house just to say hi and show us his new car. My favorite was his Plymouth Roadrunner. I spent quite some time making a drawing of the Roadrunner emblems on the car. He needed to leave but he waited until I was done.
With his mother-in-law passing last spring and his mother dying in December it seems I got to see my uncle more in the last 2 years than I had in years. I lived away quite a bit while he stayed in Plainfield once he settled here. I looked forward to spending time at lunch with him - we were meeting once a month but we all did not show up everytime. But if I could go back, I'd be there every time.
When my dad was dying, my mom called Terrill and his brother, Rodger, late at night. They dropped what they were doing to come see how they could help Mom. While he was my dad's younger brother, he was also in many ways like a son to him. I'll always appreciate that night and the help he and Rodger gave my mom.
I like to believe that Terrill is together with his family who have passed on. His sisters who died at too young of an age, Juanita and Janie, and his brothers who we all miss, Gilbert, Huston, Earl, and Roy. And his mom, as well as his mother-in-law, is waiting there to see him again. If you can count on anything, he has a joke to share and smile to bring to their lips.
Cassius Sullivan (1901 - 1958)
Letha Bell Collins Sullivan (1920 - 2012)
Huston Sullivan (1925 - 1994)**
Roy B. Sullivan (1926 - 2011)**
Earl Sullivan (1933 - 2003)**
Gilbert Keith Sullivan (1936 - 1961)**
Jimmy Darlin Collins (1938 - 2013)**
Terrill Sullivan (1947 - 2013)
Juanita Sullivan (1951 - 1951)*
Rodger Sullivan (1955 - 2015)*
Janie Sullivan (1958 - 1958)*
Married Sept 12 1966
Beloved Son Terrill Jr.
Beloved Daughter-in-Law Joslyn
Beloved Grandchildren Lukas and Lillianna
SP4 US Army
Mar 18 1947 ✝ Jun 12 2013
Maple Hill Cemetery
Plot: Block 12
GPS (lat/lon): 39.70028, -86.39546
Created by: J.Sullivan
Record added: Jun 12, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 112182637