William George "Sullie" Sullivan, Jan. 23, 1926 -- March 24, 2011

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

William George "Sullie" Sullivan, a resident of Eureka Springs, was born January 23, 1926 in Johnsville, Texas, a son of George Pink and Mary Jane (Ford) Sullivan. He departed this life Thursday, March 24, at his home at the age of 85.

Sullie was an avid hunter and enjoyed gambling for fun. He was a Union Cement Mason by trade for 32 years in South Texas and Colorado. He moved from Colorado to Eureka Springs in 1976 and opened a jewelry store with his wife, Jonell, which eventually became The Chapparal at 5 Spring Street for 14 years.

Two Dumb Dames credits Sullie for its name. Jonell's quick wit named the store after Sullie made some colorful remarks to her about opening the new store. Sullie closed The Chapparal and worked at Two Dumb Dames for several more years before retiring.

Sullie proudly served his country in the United States Army during World War II. His declarations read as follows: Private First Class William G. Sullivan of Stephenville, Texas entered into the Army in 1944 trained at Camp Wolters in Walters, Texas and Fort Bragg, North Carolina. He served in Europe and The Rhineland and was awarded the Purple Heart, Good Conduct Medal, Bronze Star and an ETO Ribbon with three stars. He was wounded in central Germany in 1945 and discharged in 1946.

He is survived by his former wife and friend, Jonell Sullivan; three daughters, Billie Jo Sullivan, Cherry Lynn Sullivan and Lana Jewel and her husband, Tony Walker, all of Eureka Springs; six grandchildren, B.J. Lloyd Allee, Amanda Lloyd Lindsey, Joel D. Walker, Bobbi Jo Vaught all of Eureka Springs; Brandi Jo Phillips of Van Buren, Ark.; and Jennifer Wright of Hatfield, Ark.; eleven great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; one very special niece, Mary Francis McInroe of Stephenville, Texas; and a host of friends we call family.

Sullie was preceded in death by his parents; Dewey Sullivan of Stephenville, Texas; and Elizabeth Sullivan McAlister of Stephenville, Texas.

There will be no visitation. Memorial Services will be 10 a.m. Friday, April 1, at Nelson's Chapel of the Springs with Pastor Rudy Sanchez officiating. Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Nelson Funeral Service, Inc. Memorial donations may be made to the Flint Street Food Bank, 33 North Main Street, Eureka Springs, AR 72632 or People Helping People. Online condolences may be sent to the family at nelsonfuneral.com.