Obituary: James (Joe) Sullivan

June 24, 1937 – November 1, 2020

James (Joe) Sullivan, 83, of Bedford, passed away on Sunday, November 1, 2020 at his residence following a lengthy illness.

Born June 24, 1937 to William and Josie (Melvin) Sullivan, he married Anna Miller on July 23, 1958. She preceded him in death on March 5, 2017. Joe was a member of the Salvation Army Church for many years and attended the Friendly Bible Church after the Salvation Army closed. He retired from
Architectural Stone sales and was a truck driver for many years.

Surviving to cherish the memory of Joe are two daughters, Debbie Sullivan (Scott Pray) of Bedford and Tracy Fields (Bill Keane) of Bloomington; five grandchildren, Mitchell, Taylor & Jackson Fields, and Jacob Kern and Kristen Kern (Justin Linville); six great-grandchildren, Gunner, Gracie, Annalynn, Vanity, McKenna and RaeLynn; and one sister, Helen Good of Bedford.

Joe was preceded in death by his parents; wife Anna; four brothers, Orville Smith, John Sullivan, Billy Dean Sullivan and Thomas Sullivan; and seven sisters, Mary DeArmond, Shirley Coulter, Carol Manuel, Ruth Ann Cain, Lois Ritter, Rhea Dawn Hayes and Marilyn Sullivan.

Funeral services for James (Joe) Sullivan will be Tuesday, November 10, 2020 at 11 a.m. at Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes in Bedford with Capt. Donna Rose officiating. Burial will follow at Crawford Cemetery in Bedford with Military Honors provided by the Honor Guard of the American Legion Gillen Post 33. Visitation will be Monday from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. at the Ferguson-Lee Chapel.

Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes of Bedford has been entrusted with the arrangements and care of Mr. Sullivan
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