Salem Funeral Home Reynolda Chapel
2599 Reynolda Road, Winston-Salem, NC 27106
Saturday, Sep 19, 2015
- 9 p.m.
Calvary Baptist Church
5000 Country Club Road, Winston-Salem, NC 27104
Sunday, Sep 20, 2015
Forsyth Memorial Park
3771 Yadkinville Road, Winston-Salem, NC 27106
Jun 06, 1922 - Sep 17, 2015
Mr. Beverly Nathaniel Sullivan, Jr., 93, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, September 17, 2015. Mr. Sullivan—affectionately known as “Bev” among his family and friends—was born in Winston-Salem on June 6, 1922, the son of Ruth Hobbs Sullivan and Beverly N. Sullivan, Sr.
In the Fall of 1933, First Baptist Church of Winston-Salem held a series of revival services featuring Dr. Kyle Yates as guest preacher. During that series of meetings Bev made a profession of faith, committing his life to Jesus Christ. This decision was foundational for Bev; it was the decision on which all of his other major life choices would rest.
Bev graduated from Reynolds High School in 1939, and studied an additional year at the Darlington School in Rome, Georgia, finishing in 1940. One of six in his class to have earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry, he graduated cum laude from UNC Chapel Hill in 1947. His years of college training were interrupted by his service to his country in the US Navy during World War 2. He served at Gulfport, Mississippi, the San Diego Naval Hospital, and at Lido Beach on Long Island where he was training for the invasion of Japan when the first atomic bomb was dropped on Japan, hastening the war’s end. He was honorably discharged from the Navy on his birthday, June 6, 1946.
On September 15, 1947, Bev began what would become a 32½ year career at R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company. Taking advantage of early retirement incentives, he officially completed his active work for Reynolds on April 1, 1980.
On May 8, 1954, Beverly married Kathleen Frink, a fellow member of First Baptist Church in Winston-Salem and ministry specialist at the Pilot Mountain Baptist Association in the same city. In 1971 they, along with their children, would become members of Winston-Salem’s Calvary Baptist Church.
Together Bev And Kathleen ministered effectively for Christ both inside and outside their home, claiming Proverbs 3:5-6 as their life verses. After more than 53 years of marriage, Kathleen preceded Bev in death in October of 2007. Bev continued serving the Lord and his church faithfully from his home, ministering to friends and family members by his example and through his wit, wisdom, faith, generosity, and rock solid commitment to Jesus Christ.
Bev was a devoted member of Calvary Baptist Church in Winston-Salem for more than 44 years. He is survived by two daughters, Ruth Moore and her husband Stan, and Kathy Morris and her husband Mark, all of Bethania; a son, Bev Sullivan, III, and his wife, Rachel, of Lebanon, Tennessee; brothers-in-law Jabe Frink and Bernard Frink, both of Bladenboro; grandchildren Nathan (Haley), Sharon, and Katie Moore, Carrie (Jamin) Quilla, Josh (Kristen) and Kelly Morris, and Erin and Anna Sullivan; and great grandchildren Logan and Lydia Morris and Karis and Addison Moore; and a host of nieces and nephews. Bev was preceded in death not only by his loving wife, Kathleen, but also by his parents, by brother-in-law Worth (Hazel) Frink, and by sisters-in-law Margaret and Alice Frink, Fay (Bill) Floyd, and Nan (DeWitt) Kennedy.
A celebration of Bev’s life will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, September 20, at Calvary Baptist Church with Dr. Gary Chapman and Rev. Nathan Moore presiding. Burial will follow at Forsyth Memorial Park. The family will receive friends form 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 19, at Salem Funeral Home, 2599 Reynolda Road, 27106. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Calvary Baptist Church, 5000 Country Club Road, Winston-Salem, NC, 27104.
The family would like to express gratitude to Mrs. Linda Bradham and the loving caretakers of At Your Place Companion Care. The family also would like to thank the administration and staff of Salemtowne, where Bev lived for the past 28 years.
Online condolences may be made to www.salemfh.com.
Bill and Angela Charles
We are sorry for you loss. Mr. Sullivan was a Christian man who loved the Lord. He will be missed. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
Rob and Jill Casey
Our thoughts and prayers are with your family during this time of loss. With love, Rob and Jill Casey
Dear Ruth and family,
I was so sorry to hear about the loss of your Dad. He was such a good and godly man, and so highly respected both at First Baptist and at Calvary Baptist. I know he will be missed but we can take comfort in knowing he is with His maker, in safe and loving hands. I will be thinking of you and your family during this time of adjustment.
I was unable to come to any services or visitation as I stay my 93 year old dad in his home. (He can't be left alone anymore, so I can't get out much on weekends).
You and your family are in my prayers.
Sorry to hear of your lost I read about it in the paper