Willis "Bill" Bunch Sullivan, 78, of Maxton, NC, passed away Saturday, June 12, 2021.
A funeral service will be at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, June 19, 2021 at First Presbyterian Church in Maxton, officiated by Dr. Gene Miller. Burial will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery. The family will receive friends beginning at 1:00 p.m., prior to the service in the church fellowship hall. Due to COVID -19 restrictions, please wear a mask or face covering, and practice social distancing.
Bill was born in the original Lumberton Hospital, NC, to the late Paul Warren and Katherine Bunch Sullivan. Also preceded in death by his brother, Paul Warren Sullivan and Paul's bride, Linda Hodges Sullivan, and nephew Vann Hodges Sullivan. Bill attended Maxton High School, playing sports available with his talents, like Basketball and Football. After graduation he attended East Carolina University, remaining a lifelong and dedicated Pirates fan.
Bill served in the US Military, and was also a Vietnam War Veteran. He earned the Parachutist Air Medal Badge, Combat Infantryman's Badge, 2 Overseas Bars, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal and the Vietnam Campaign Medal.
Bill continued with government service after Vietnam, at Hickam Airforce Base in Honolulu, Hawaii, in the fields of Computer Analyst. After six years there, he returned to Maxton, and continued employments with the Federal government at Fort Bragg, and Womack Army Hospital for four years. His family then enjoyed a four-year overseas tour at Atsugi Naval Base in Japan, four years back in NC at Womack Army Hospital. Continuing with Federal Government Service, he then served a four-year overseas tour to Hawaii, at Pearl Harbor Naval Base, then returned back to Ft. Bragg, NC. Bill then retired from Federal Government Service with a total of 30 plus years.
Bill was generous with his time, talents and treasures - sharing his enjoyment for Game Hunting, Trees, his two Basenji Canines, Fellowship, Baking and Cooking. He enjoyed traditions, especially the Doc Henderson Family tradition of Opening Day Dove Hunt Season. A multitude of friends and family members of the Henderson Clan would be invited to a feast at the Family Home, to enjoy BBQ Pork with "the Henderson Famous BBQ Sauce” and delicious homemade Brunswick Stew.
Bill cared deeply about his family, his friends and with a generous heart to giving back to the Maxton Community. His life was richer for all of that.
Bill is survived by his bride of 53 years, Mary-Blossom Tadina Sullivan, and their Son, Andrew Tadina Sullivan, 42 of Raleigh NC.
For those desiring, memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 5, Maxton, NC 28364 or Operation North State, 151 Windemere Court, Winston-Salem, NC 27127. Our family would like to say, Mahalo Nui Loa, thank you to all of the families who were so kind to Bill, and thanks to the Town of Maxton, the American Legion of Maxton, The Laurinburg Maxton Airport, the Soaring Association of Harnett County, friends of First Presbyterian Church of Maxton, and to the Henderson family.
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First Presbyterian Church-Maxton
P.O. Box 5, Maxton NC 28364
Operation North State
151 Windemere Court, Winston-Salem NC 27127