Newell C. Sullivan
Newell C. Sullivan came to the end of his earthly road on Thursday, September 14, 2017 at Asbury Hospice House, Hattiesburg, MS surrounded by his loving family and many friends.
Newell entered this world in Sunflower County, MS on June 29, 1928 the fourth child of seven born to his parents, Henry Craven and Minnie Mae Sullivan. He was educated in the public schools and trade schools in the south central part of the state. As a young man he along with many friends joined the Mississippi National Guard and their unit was soon activated to defend our country during the Korean War. While stationed in Germany, Newell was the lead vocalist and guitarist of the Yukon Opry where he performed on his off time duties of the U S Army. When the sun set for his active military service, he received an honorable discharge and returned to south Mississippi.
As he traveled this road back home, he learned the construction trade and became a builder of custom homes and commercial projects. As the owner of Newell C. Sullivan Construction, his projects were known for “quality” and not “quantity”. Some few years later, he married and the business became a partnership leaving a legacy of over 30 years.
Later the couple formed Sullivan’s Superior Sound providing sound for events across the Southeastern United States.
He leaves his wife of over 43 years, Bertie Walters Sullivan and their blended family of seven children. He is survived by four daughters and three sons: Genia C. Leake (Jeff); E. Faye Alvarez; Eileen M. Patterson (Buddy); and Tammy D. Sullivan; Hulon C. Sulivan (Betty); R. Wayne Sullivan (Margaret); and Jerry R. Sullivan (Chandra). They have enjoyed the love of fourteen grandchildren and fifteen great grandchildren. He is also survived by a brother B. W. Sullivan. All of these family members reside in the Hattiesburg area.
The Sullivan household was always filled with other family members and friends. Newell was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters: Bessie Leigh Sullivan; Annie Cloteal Ziegler; and M. Jo Weatherford and two brothers; Henry Sullivan and W. Roscoe Sullivan.
Visitation will be Monday evening, September 18th at Hulett-Winstead Funeral Home, 205 Bay Street, Hattiesburg, MS from 5 to 8 p.m. Funeral interment will be at Biloxi National Cemetery on Tuesday afternoon, September 19th at 12:30 p.m. The family request that memorials in Newell’s memory and honor be made to Mississippi Bluegrass Reunion. Donations may be mailed to P O Box 16778, Hattiesburg, MS 39404 or deposited to the account at any branch of Hancock Bank. One last request that Newell made was “Remember the love that we once shared, miss me --- but let me go.