Ranger Exes Memorial - RJC-Faculty

Avery Sullivan AVERY JACKSON SULLIVAN, 80, died on July 2, 2002 in a Bellville nursing facility, with burial in the Pilgrims Rest Cemetery of Bellville, TX. Mr. Sullivan was born Nov. 14, 1921 in Childress, TX, the son of Omar S. & Mary Jane Avary Sullivan. He grew up and attended school in Littlefield, TX. After graduating from Littlefield High School, he attended Wayland College in Plainview, TX, where he played football & earned his Bachelor of Science in 1949. He then attended Southwestern Baptist Theology Seminary where he earned his Bachelor of Divinity in 1953 and his Master of Theology in 1967. Avery served his country in the United States Navy as a Naval Aviator during World War II, and continued enlistment in the Navy until 1953. In Sept. of 1943, he was united in marriage with Grace Ruth Pennington. During his lifetime Reverend Sullivan ministered to churches in Wildorado, Smyer, Floyd, Cumby, Roscoe, Sweetwater, Ranger, Houston, Brookshire and Hockley. He taught sociology in Ranger and Bible classes in Sweetwater. Avery and Grace have made their home in Bellville since Avery’s retirement in 1985 where they have been members of the First Baptist Church. A member of the Lions Club and the Masonic Lodge, Avery loved to sing in the choir and enjoyed mechanics, carpentry, bees and making fudge. He was also a sports enthusiast and during the time he was in Ranger, he enjoyed announcing the Ranger High School football games. He was preceded in death by his parents and three sisters. Survivors at the time of his death are his wife, Grace Sullivan of Bellville; children, Larry and Linda Sullivan of Phoenix, AZ., Sherry Ruth McIllwain of Mesquite and Paul and Lynn Sullivan of Baytown; grand- children, Aaron and Faith Sullivan, Noah Singleton, Kristina, Dustin, Megan and Jacob Sullivan; brothers, Sterling Sullivan of Littlefield, Ruben Sullivan of Albuquerque, NM; sisters, Mary Louise Barker of Sherman and Polly Barker of Lubbock.