He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Julia Sullivan; father-in-law, W.C. Steadman; and niece, Gaye Steadman Hamilton.
He is survived by his wife, Rita Steadman Sullivan; four daughters, Kelly, Erin, Shannon and Caitlin Sullivan; four grandsons; one granddaughter; one brother, Jeff Sullivan of Florida; nephew, Shane Jones; nieces, Joslyn and Julia Sullivan, Tiffney Dowdy and Lauren Herron; mother-in-law, Edith Steadman; sisters-in-law, Gail Dowdy and Renea Cain; and brother-in-law, Clayton Steadman.
Funeral services were held in Atlanta on Dec. 29, 2011, with full military honors. He served in the U.S. Navy for 20 years. He is loved and will be missed.