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Celebrating the life of
Joseph R. Sullivan, Sr.
October 25, 1926 - April 19, 2017
Lt. Col. USAF, Ret.
Services under the direction of:
Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel
912-352-7200
  • Visitation
  • 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. - Friday, April 21, 2017
  • Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel
  • 7200 Hodgson Memorial Drive (Map)
    Savannah, Georgia 31406

  • 912-352-7200
  • Rosary Service
  • 7:00 p.m. - Friday, April 21, 2017
  • Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel
  • 7200 Hodgson Memorial Drive (Map)
    Savannah, Georgia 31406

  • 912-352-7200
  • Mass of Christian Burial
  • 1:00 p.m. - Saturday, April 22, 2017
  • St. James Catholic Church
  • 8412 Whitfield Ave (Map)
    Savannah, Georgia 31406

  • 912-355-1523
  • Interment
  • - Saturday, April 22, 2017
  • Greenwich Section of Bonaventure Cemetery
  • 300 Greenwich Rd. (Map)
    Savannah, Georgia 31404

TO Mrs. Sullivan, Sharon, Michel, Richard, Shane

Margaret Limdsey Fowler Edwards, Savannah, GA

Dear Helen, We want to express our Condolences on the passing of Joe. As a former USAF Advisor to the 117th I remember Joe as a very active Staff member. God Bless and Keep you.

Lou & Therese Peca, Fort Walton Beach, FL

We are sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. Joe was s positive force in the community. He has helped so many and will be greatly missed.

Joanne and Charlton Mackey, Melanie and Jerry Guy, Savannah, Ga

I have so many memories of this sweet man and Helen with my parents Nick and Betty Newell. My prayers and thought are with the family. Much love goes to Helen

nancy nowell sturgess, savannah, ga

Helen, Norma and I would want to share your loss. In my Guard days, Joe was a fun guy and always had those humorous quips even in serious situations. Not only that, he and you sure entertained at the 117th Christmas parties dancing the shag. I'm sorry at his loss, but the thought of him brings a smile to my face anytime and everytime. ...AND, I'm sure he is as humorously feisty in heaven. Way to go,Joe!!!

Carl & Norma Canicatti, Savannah, Ga

Dear Sullivan Family, We were so sad to hear of your sweet Husband and Father passing away. I have many fond memories of time spent at your home during high school. Joe was always a warm father figure for me and reminded me of my own Dad. I will pray for his soul at Mass this morning and for comfort for all of you: Helen, Richard, Sharon, Michael, and Shane.

Tricia and Buddy Horn, Charlotte, NC

Sullivan Family, Very sorry for your loss. May Joe, Rest in the Eternal Peace of Our Lord. I knew Joe from the 117th, 1966-1971.

Roy Banks, Flowery Branch, Ga

A storm brought Joe and Helen into my life for a few days this past winter when it became necessary for them to leave Savannah for their safety. What a treat that was for me. Both were such delightful people. I especially enjoyed discussing religion and the scriptures with Joe. He had obviously done a lot of study and enjoyed sharing what he had learned. I have thought of them often and I was very saddened when I heard of Joe's death. My thoughts and prayers are certainly with Helen as well as with the entire Joe Sullivan Family.

Sarah chapman, Vidalia , GA.

Michael you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. It breaks my heart that I won't be able to attend the visitation and funeral. Your dad was and is well thought of in this community.

Bert Barrett, Jr., Savannah, Ga

To the Sullivan Family, we send our deepest sympathy at the loss of your husband, father and grandfather. Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers. God Bless

Wes & Jodi Hughes, New Philadelphia , Ohio

I am praying for Helen and the rest of the family. Joe was a good man and a good friend. May he rest in peace.

Ted Akins, Black Creek, Ga

My sincerest condolences go out to your family, it's never easy losing someone in death. May you take comfort in God's promise found at Revelation 21:4, which says "he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.” This verse brought me peace when I experienced loss, I hope it can do the same for you. May the memories you have give you strength during this difficult time.

J Mckenzie, Savannah , GA

Joseph Richard Sullivan, Sr., (90) went home to be with our Lord and Saviour on April 19, 2017.

A native Savannahian, Joe was born on October 25, 1926 where he raised his family. He enlisted in the Army then served with the 117th. Air National Guard for 40 years before retiring as Lt. Colonel.

He was a communicant of St. James Catholic Church, was active in their bible study group and also, received the Diocese of Savannah Bishop Gartland service award. Joe was a 50-year member of the Exchange Club of Savannah where he served as President as well as Chairman of the Fair Board. Joe was an avid golfer, played with the Senior Blitz and even recorded a hole-in-one (he states that he had 2 but we cannot verify). He was a member of the MPC of Savannah, Chairman of the Republican Party, Chairman of the Senior Citizens Board and past President of the Insurance Agents of Savannah.

Joe is survived by his loving wife of 69 years, Helen Rovolis Sullivan, son Richard (Beth), daughter Sharon Stewart (Dick), son Michael (Carolyn), son Shane (Deborah) and brother Dan (Emily). Nine Grandchildren and 14 ¾ great grandchildren.

The family will receive friends from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Friday, April 21, 2017 at Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel with the Rosary at 7:00 p.m.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be at held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, April 22, 2017 at St. James Catholic Church, 8412 Whitfield Avenue.

Interment will follow in the Greenwich section of Bonaventure Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be grandchildren: Trey, Nicolas, Shane, Jr., Jonathan, Cliff and Michael, Jr.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests remembrances be made in his memory to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, TN., St. James Catholic Church, Wounded Warriors or the charity of your choice.

 

 

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TO Mrs. Sullivan, Sharon, Michel, Richard, Shane

Margaret Limdsey Fowler Edwards, Savannah, GA

Dear Helen, We want to express our Condolences on the passing of Joe. As a former USAF Advisor to the 117th I remember Joe as a very active Staff member. God Bless and Keep you.

Lou & Therese Peca, Fort Walton Beach, FL

We are sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. Joe was s positive force in the community. He has helped so many and will be greatly missed.

Joanne and Charlton Mackey, Melanie and Jerry Guy, Savannah, Ga

I have so many memories of this sweet man and Helen with my parents Nick and Betty Newell. My prayers and thought are with the family. Much love goes to Helen

nancy nowell sturgess, savannah, ga

Helen, Norma and I would want to share your loss. In my Guard days, Joe was a fun guy and always had those humorous quips even in serious situations. Not only that, he and you sure entertained at the 117th Christmas parties dancing the shag. I'm sorry at his loss, but the thought of him brings a smile to my face anytime and everytime. ...AND, I'm sure he is as humorously feisty in heaven. Way to go,Joe!!!

Carl & Norma Canicatti, Savannah, Ga

Dear Sullivan Family, We were so sad to hear of your sweet Husband and Father passing away. I have many fond memories of time spent at your home during high school. Joe was always a warm father figure for me and reminded me of my own Dad. I will pray for his soul at Mass this morning and for comfort for all of you: Helen, Richard, Sharon, Michael, and Shane.

Tricia and Buddy Horn, Charlotte, NC

Candle tribute lit by Tricia Murphy Horn — North Carolina

Sullivan Family, Very sorry for your loss. May Joe, Rest in the Eternal Peace of Our Lord. I knew Joe from the 117th, 1966-1971.

Roy Banks, Flowery Branch, Ga

A storm brought Joe and Helen into my life for a few days this past winter when it became necessary for them to leave Savannah for their safety. What a treat that was for me. Both were such delightful people. I especially enjoyed discussing religion and the scriptures with Joe. He had obviously done a lot of study and enjoyed sharing what he had learned. I have thought of them often and I was very saddened when I heard of Joe's death. My thoughts and prayers are certainly with Helen as well as with the entire Joe Sullivan Family.

Sarah chapman, Vidalia , GA.

Michael you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. It breaks my heart that I won't be able to attend the visitation and funeral. Your dad was and is well thought of in this community.

Bert Barrett, Jr., Savannah, Ga

To the Sullivan Family, we send our deepest sympathy at the loss of your husband, father and grandfather. Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers. God Bless

Wes & Jodi Hughes, New Philadelphia , Ohio

I am praying for Helen and the rest of the family. Joe was a good man and a good friend. May he rest in peace.

Ted Akins, Black Creek, Ga

My sincerest condolences go out to your family, it's never easy losing someone in death. May you take comfort in God's promise found at Revelation 21:4, which says "he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.” This verse brought me peace when I experienced loss, I hope it can do the same for you. May the memories you have give you strength during this difficult time.

J Mckenzie, Savannah , GA


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