Sunday, July 10, 2016

Sunday's Obituary: Laura and Will Sullivan

Sunday’s Obituary is a daily prompt at Geneabloggers asking bloggers to share old obituaries and other information about an ancestor.

From The Page News & Courier edition of 7 August 1947 page 8 column 1
Obituary Laura Jollett Sullivan The Page News & Courier edition of 7 August 1947 page 8 column 1
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Death of Mrs. Laura E. Sullivan

Mrs. Laura E. Sullivan, 82, died at her home Wednesday evening about 10 o’clock after an illness of eight months.

She was born on May 30, 1865, a daughter of the late Franklin and Lucy Jollett, of Greene County. She was united in marriage with William J. Sullivan, who preceded her in death several years ago. She was a charter member of the Evangelical United Brethren Church which was organized in 1895, and was an active member of various organizations in the church until her health failed.

Her kindness and love won for her a place in the community and church that will always be remembered.

She is survived by the following daughters: Mrs. J. W. (Minnie) Breeden, Roanoke; Mrs. C. V. (Pearl) Strole, Shenandoah; Mrs. C. H. (Floral) Merica, Shenandoah; Mrs. L. G. (Elta) Farrar, Portsmouth, Va.; Mrs. F. S. (Leota) Racey, Dayton, Va; one sister: Mrs. Mollie Davis, Harrisonburg, Va.; six grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and a number of nieces and nephews. Four brothers and four sisters preceded her in death.

Funeral services were held Friday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock from the Evangelical United Brethren Church with her pastor, the Rev. P. W. Fisher, in charge, assisted by the Rev. L. A. Racey and Elder E. L. Cave. Burial took place in the United Brethren Cemetery.

Pallbearers were nephews of the deceased, Millard M. Davis, Russell Coleman, Owen Sullivan, Leonard Clift, Clyde Knight, and Alfred Roberts.

The ladies of the church carried flowers.

Those attending from a distance were: Mrs. A. H. Woodring, Martinsburg, W. Va.; Mr. and Mrs. J. M. Billingsley, Mr. and Mrs. Owen Sullivan, Gary Sullivan, Russell Coleman, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Karnes, Mr. and Mrs. Tommie Bern, Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Secrist, Mrs. Julia Gilmer, of Washington; Mrs. A. L. Maiden, Mr. and Mrs. Lew Morris, Mrs. Mabel Shifflett, Mrs. Buey Snow, Mrs. Eugenia Adams, Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Roberts, Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Knight of Stanardsville; Mrs. Bessie Aleshire, of Luray; Mrs. Irvin Monger and daughter, Betty, Mrs. Minnie Long, of Elkton; Mrs. Mattie Hensley and son, Stephen, of Dayton; Mr. and Mrs. Hill, Mrs. Marie Wilson, Misses Florena Swank, Carolyn Caricofe, Jane Keiler and Mildred Hanna, of Shenandoah College; Rev. and Mrs. John Sowyer, of Staunton; Dave Sullivan, of Swift Run; Mrs. Mollie Davis and daughter, Mrs. Violetta Ryan, of Harrisonburg; Mrs. Sadie Jollett and Mrs. G. A. Steppe and son, Jollett, of Dahlgren, Va.

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We wish to express our deepest appreciation to our friends, neighbors and relatives for their many acts of kindness during the illness and at the death of our mother, Mrs. Laura E. Sullivan.
The Daughters
Obituary of William J. Sullivan
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Death of W. J. Sullivan

Funeral services for W. J. Sullivan were held from the Shenandoah United Brethren Church Sunday afternoon at two o’clock. Services were conducted by his pastor, Rev. Vernon Rogers, assisted by Rev. L. A. Racey and Rev. E. L. Cave. Interment was in the United Brethren Cemetery. The I. O. O. F. Verbena Lodge No. 42 attended the funeral in a body.

Mr. Sullivan, age 76, a well known Shenandoah city merchant, died unexpectedly of a heart attack Friday morning at 1:30 at his home. Mr. Sullivan had been a resident of Shenandoah for 55 years and for the past 38 years operated his grocery store in the northern end of Shenandoah. He managed his grocery until the time of his death.

Mr. Sullivan took a keen interest in civic affairs, serving several terms on the town council and has been a member of the Board of Directors of the First National Bank for a number of years. He also served several terms on the Page County school board. Mr. Sullivan was a charter member of the Shenandoah United Brethren Church and for [?] years was Superintendent of the Sunday School.

On January 14, 1886, he was united in marriage with Miss Laura E. Jollett, who survives him. To this union were born five daughters, all of whom survive.

He is survived by the following children, Mrs. J. W. Breeden, of Roanoke; Mrs. C. V. Strole and Mrs. C. H. Merica, of Shenandoah; Mrs. L. G. Farrar of Portsmouth and Mrs. F. S. Racey, of Verona. Also six grandchildren survive. There are also one sister, Mrs. J. M. Billingsley, of Washington, and two brothers, Kennie Sullivan, of Shenandoah, and Dave Sullivan, of Greene County, surviving.

Active pallbearers were: Alfred Roberts, Lewis Jollett, J. T. Long, Monroe Owen and Hugh Sullivan, nephews of the deceased. The members of the Board of Directors of the First National Bank and the members of the I. O. O. F. Verbena Lodge carried flowers.

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  1. Interesting how obituaries have changed over time. Hadn't seen any before with the pall bearers listed.


    1. Really! Where I live we have to pay for an obituary and the fee is per line which comes out to be over $200 for an inch. You can barely give any information at all.

  2. I had never seen an obituary with so many attendees listed. A lot of great info in these.

    1. There is a second half to Will's obituary that I didn't include and it is all the attendees. Whew a lot of names!

  3. Wendy, those are full of information! Great find!

    1. I am able to piece together some family relationships with these obits.

  4. Such informative obits! And lots of names to link with family and friends. What a gold mine.

  5. Obituaries certainly have changed over time. A lot of them barely say anything anymore.

  6. Great, detailed obits. I found one for my great grandfather's brother and found it interesting thatje was the first of four brothers to die and none of his brothers were pallbearers. Tells me a lot about the family dynamics at the time.