Sunday, September 4, 2016

Sunday's Obituary: James Ira Sullivan

Sunday’s Obituary is a daily prompt at Geneabloggers asking us to post obituaries along with other information about that person.

Source: The News-Virginian, Waynesboro, Virginia, December 13, 1963

James Ira Sullivan
GROTTOES - James Ira Sullivan, 77 a lifelong resident of the Harriston community near Grottoes, and a retired employee of the Norfolk and Western Railroad and the Wayne Manufacturing Co., died at 10:15 p.m. Thursday at his home. Mr. Sullivan had been in ill health for a number of years.

He was born on June 17, 1886 in Greene County, the son of the late Ira and Parthini Shifflett Sullivan, but was reared by Mr. and Mrs. Frank Jollett. He moved to the Harriston community as a child where he has since made his home. He was a member of the Pleasant Hill Church of the Brethren.

On Aug. 31, 1907 he married Miss Mattie Claytor who survives him. Besides his wife, he is survived by four sons, Arthur C., Luther D., David E., and James A. Sullivan, all of Grottoes; and three daughters, Mrs. Robert Morris (Nina) of Grottoes, Mrs. Carl Estes (Rena) of Newport News, and Mrs. Lee Camper (Gladys) of Norristown, Pa. He also leaves 15 great grandchildren, 25 grandchildren; and three brothers, John, Jerry and Arthur.

Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday from the Pleasant Hill Church of the Brethren. Due to illness his pastor, the Rev. Ross Spiecher, the Rev. F.Y. Garber will conduct the services and burial will be in the Edgewood Cemetery near Mt. Meridian.

The body now rests at the Koontz and Lindsey Funeral Chapel at Weyers Cave where it will remain until noon Sunday when it will be taken to Church to remain until the hour of the service.

The relatives will meet at his late home at 1:40 p.m. Sunday for a brief service prior to leaving for the church.

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  1. This is amazing when you think that someone who was born as the Civil War ended lived to see John Glenn orbit the earth in a rocket!

  2. I am confused by the obituary because it says his wife survives him, yet the tombstone seems to clearly show 1968 as his year of death and 1964 for hers? Am I missing something?

    1. Ha - Carol, I wish I could say I threw that in to see who was paying attention. My mistake - I'll say it is a typo, but I probably didn't enlarge the photo to read it clearly and forgot to work off my database. It should say that James Ira died in 1963, not '68. Thanks for catching it!

    2. Glad I could be of help - not sure why I was even checking that closely! Have a great day.

  3. Gotta love a nice, meaty obituary like that - gives you about as much information as you could ever hope for!