July 26, 1930 - January 4, 2021
Virgil Thomas “Tom” Sullivan, Jr., 90, of Laurel, passed away on January 4, 2021, at Mississippi State Veterans Home Collins. Tom was born July 26, 1930, in Laurel, Mississippi. He was a graduate of Mize High School. His education was interrupted at the University of Southern Mississippi in 1951 by the Korean Conflict. While serving in the United States Airforce he was assigned to the United Nations Security Force in Japan where he received the United Nations Service Medal. During this period, he became a lifetime member as a Disabled American Veteran. Returning to the University of Southern Mississippi in 1955, he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Sales Management and Marketing. He was a member of the Pi Kappa Alpha social fraternity and Pi Sigma Epsilon, an honorary marketing club. He was long term affiliated in his working career with Bush Construction Company, Inc. and retired with its subsidiary Enviro, Inc. Tom enjoyed the outdoors during his lifetime as a sportsman. During his post retirement years tree farming and wildlife conservation practices were managed on properties in Smith and Covington counties. He was a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association and a member of First Baptist Church of Laurel. He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 62 years, JoJo Pittman Sullivan; parents, Virgil Sr. and Pearlie Sullivan; sister, Anita Gibson. He is survived by sons, Thomas Jeffery (Rebekah) Sullivan of Evergreen, AL, Joel Patrick (Rhonda) Sullivan of Laurel; grandchildren, Konner (Kashay) Sullivan, Kameron Sullivan, and Kelli Sullivan all of Laurel, Jackson Sullivan of Evergreen, AL; great grandsons Kullen and Kolt Sullivan of Laurel; one brother, Larry (Jimmie) Sullivan of Carrollton, TX; brother-in-law, Donald Pittman of Mount Olive, MS; and a host of nephews and nieces. A private family service was held Wednesday, January 6, at Fellowship Cemetery, Taylorsville, MS. The Reverend Jack Williamson, Evergreen, AL, officiated. His grandsons and great grandsons served as pallbearers. The family would like to thank the Mississippi Veterans Home Collins and SouthernCare Hospice, Hattiesburg for their excellent care. To sign the online guest book, visit www.memorychapellaurel.com.
Virgil Thomas “Tom” Sullivan, Jr., 90, of Laurel, passed away on January 4, 2021, at Mississippi State Veterans Home Collins. Tom was born July 26, 1930, in Laurel, Mississippi. He was a graduate of Mize High School. His education... View Obituary & Service Information
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