Thomas Franklin Sullivan, lovingly known to most as “Tommy”, 94 went to be with his loving Lord on May 26, 2019, after a brief stay at the De Tar Hospital. Tommy’s family and friends will gather for visitation from 6:00PM to 8:00PM, Friday, May 31st at Grace Funeral Home, 2401 Houston Hwy. in Victoria. A funeral service celebrating Tommy’s life and his faith will be at 2:00PM, Saturday, June 1st in the Chapel at Northside Baptist Church, 4100 N. Laurent in Victoria. Burial will follow at Memory Gardens Cemetery with military honors under the auspices of the Victoria County Veterans Council, AL, CWV, VFW, DAV, MCL, MOWW, EX-POW, MOPH, VVA, and KWV.
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Tommy was born June 9, 1924 in Sabine Pass, Texas to Thomas and Nellie Rose Yoakum Sullivan. He married the love of his life, Virginia Lee Thorn on Sept. 13, 1951 in Woodville, TX. Tommy served his country honorably as a Corporal in the Army Air Corps, March 1943 to November 1945, in the 483rd bombardment Group, 817th squadron. He participated in the World War II during the Normandy and Rhineland Air Combat Balkans. Coincidentally, his squadron logo was phrased “The fighting mammy Yokum”. After his military service he began his career in the Texas Oil Fields as a Driller, he went on to work as a pipe fitter at the Union Carbide Plant, Seadrift, TX. Tommy became a member of the Pipe Fitters Union and he traveled all over the U. S. to build power plants. Towards the end of his career he helped build the largest nuclear power plant in the country, located in Arizona. While residing in Arizona for 28 years, Tommy participated in the El Zaribah Shrine, serving as president of the Coronado Shriners Club, he enjoyed all the Shiner activities and parades. Tommy was a lifetime member of the Valley of Grand Rapids Masonic Lodge (Michigan) and Beta Sigma Phi envoy member (Victoria) and a member of Northside Baptist Church (Victoria). Tommy was preceded in death by his parents, Tom and Nellie Sullivan; and his sister, Theresa Jean Meador.
Tommy is survived by his loving wife of 67 years, Virginia Sullivan; son, Frankie Sullivan; daughter, Jacquline Sullivan and her husband, Paul Fidler; granddaughters, Kate McWaters and husband, Thomas and Hanna Beth Cloninger; great-grandchildren, Lillian McWaters, Baylee McWaters, and Wyatt McWaters and Emma Cloninger and Ava Cloninger; along with numerous other loving family members.
Memorial donations in Tommy’s honor are requested to be sent to the Shriner’s Hospital.
Arrangements and services under the personal care of Grace Funeral Homes and Cemeteries.