Jesse James Sullivan, age 82 died March 5, 2022.
Jesse James Sullivan was born to the late Willie and Mary Sullivan on July 5, 1939 in Uniontown, AL. He was the 10th of 16 children.
Jesse accepted Jesus at an early age and was a man of strong faith. He learned from his mother to always pray. He moved from Uniontown to Mobile, AL and later settled in Fort Wayne, IN in 1963.
Jesse was a foreman at Empire Fire Brick for 29 years, assisting a lot of family with their first job. He later retired from Allen County Motors in 1995.
Jesse never met a stranger and was very generous, the life of the party, always laughing and joking and doing his famous dance move “The Sullivan”.
Jesse leaves to cherish his memory his loving wife of 44 years Georgianna Smith Sullivan; 10 children, Joyce Sullivan of Fort Wayne, IN, Maurice Armstrong of Mobile, AL, Jesse Sullivan Jr. of Fort Wayne, IN, Sandra Robinson of Fort Wayne, IN, Peaches (Carlton) of Houston, TX, Darwin Sullivan of Fort Wayne, IN, Tesra (Roger) Starks of Indianapolis, IN, Jessica (Theo) of Fort Wayne, IN, Altrice Sullivan of Fort Wayne, IN, and Troy (Charisse) Smith of Fort Wayne, IN. Jesse leaves 12 grandchildren, 26 great grandchildren and 3 great great grandchildren who lovingly called him “ Poppy”.
Jesse also leaves behind three brothers, John L. Sullivan of Fort Wayne, IN, Grady Sullivan of Fort Wayne, IN, Robert (Texas) Sullivan of Buffalo, NY, and sisters, Rosie Starks of Fort Wayne, IN and Daisy Harris of Buffalo, NY; four sisters in law, June (James) Kelsaw, Victoria (Guy) Washington, Shirley Smith and Brenda Anderson, all of Fort Wayne, IN, two brothers in law, John Spiegner of Birmingham, AL and Lee “Bo” Smith of Fort Wayne, IN.
Jesse was preceded in death by his mother and father Willie and Mary Sullivan; daughter, Nadine Sullivan, six brothers and four sisters.
Jesse’s pride and joy was his family and he instilled in all his “Jesse kids” the pride of the Sullivan name, in addition he leaves a great host of nieces, nephews, cousins, in-laws and other relatives and friends.
Everyone was #1 to Jesse, but he was #1 to us!
Jesse will be laid to rest in Covington Memorial Gardens following his Celebration of Life Service.