Leon Edward Sullivan, 95, built liberty ships in Wilmington shipyards

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Leon Edward Sullivan
Leon Edward Sullivan

Leon Edward Sullivan, of Wilmington, died Tuesday, June 2, 2015, at Lower Cape Fear Hospice. He was 95.

He was born on Feb. 22, 1920, in Winnabow. Leon lived in Wilmington for all of his 95 years. He retired from the New Hanover County School Systems in 1977 and had also worked in the Wilmington shipyards building liberty ships. He was a longtime volunteer at the Senior Resource Center and enjoyed working in his yard and fishing.

Leon was a faithful member of Pine Valley UMC where he served in a variety of ministry positions, including being a Sunday school teacher and a faithful member of the Sunday morning prayer team.

Remembered are his wife, Naomi Sullivan; parents, John Bishop Sullivan and Gertie Cumbee Sullivan; six sisters; two brothers; nieces, Virginia Ann Finch and Doris Watson; and nephews, John L. Arnold and Kilby Arnold; all of whom preceded him in death.

Surviving are his nieces and nephews, Evelyn Martin, of Richmond, Virginia, Larry and Elaine Batson, of Wilmington, Julia Ballard, of Wilmington, Kay Phelps, of Wilmington, Wesley Guthrie, of Sneads Ferry, Carolyn Guthrie, of Emerald Isle and various other nieces and nephews. Leon also leaves behind many others in his church family, Senior Resource Center friends and several close friends.

The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, June 5, 2015, at Andrews Mortuary Valley Chapel and other times that day at Mr. Sullivan’s residence. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 6, 2015, at Andrews Mortuary Valley Chapel with the Rev. Trish Archer and the Rev. Dr. Tim Reaves officiating. Interment will follow at Greenlawn Memorial Park.

Pallbearers will be David Martin, Buck Martin, Wayne Finch, Al Hobbs, Tim Hobbs and Jim Gray. Honorary pallbearers will be Kenneth Parker, Ted Ryan, Ted Croom, Dr. Roger Schurrer, Ted Fritz, George Huffmon and Charles Carraway.

The family would like to thank NHRMC’s nurses, staff, rehabilitation and Lower Cape Fear Hospice for the excellent care he received.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Lower Cape Fear Hospice, 1406 Physicians Drive, Wilmington, NC 28401.

Please leave online condolences for the family at Andrews Mortuary.

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