OBITUARY

Wayne Ray Sullivan

October 23, 1935May 7, 2021
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Wayne Ray Sullivan, 85, of Cove, TX, passed away peacefully at home on Friday, May 7, 2021. He was born in Goose Creek, TX, on October 23, 1935 to the late Andrew Sullivan and Elva Treadwell Sullivan. Wayne was a 1954 graduate of Pasadena High School where he was a star athlete, lettering in track, baseball and football. Following graduation, he attended Arlington State College on a football scholarship. After college, he continued his love of football by working as a referee. In 1956, he began his career as an operator at Diamond Alkali Chemicals, later becoming a supervisor until his retirement from PolyOne in 1997.

Wayne was a cowboy in every sense of the word and retirement provided him ample time to spend with his first love – horses. Some of his favorite memories were of time spent working cows with good friends and family, locally and in Freer, TX. He also loved working in the barn and going to as many horse shows as possible. In later years, he could be found sitting in the barn, supervising to make sure it was all done right. He was a member of AQHA, APHA, GHQHA, GCQHA, Silver Spur Riders Club, along with many other area horse clubs. He was also an avid hunter and fisherman, making countless trips to the hill country and Matagorda Bay with his family.

Wayne is preceded in death by his parents; brothers, J.E. Cooke and Frank I. Cooke; and sister Novell Baker.

He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Sandy; sons Jeff Sullivan (Carol) of Anderson, TX, Frankie Sullivan (Bea), of Medina, TX, and step-daughter Becky Rodgers (David) of Cove, TX. Grandchildren include Tyler Sullivan (Bailey), Logan Sullivan (Alex), Rachel Sullivan, Scarlet Stephenson, Ashtyn Stephenson, Claye Ann Sullivan, Luke Rodgers and Kate Rodgers.

Special thanks to Brandie, Vonn and the entire staff at Fresenius Kidney Care Baytown North, SEV Home Care and Faith Community Hospice, for their exceptional care.

A visitation with family will be held on Friday, May 14, 2021, at 9:00 AM at Navarre Funeral Home, 2444 Rollingbrook Dr., Baytown, TX. Services will follow at 10:00 AM in the Navarre Chapel. A graveside service will be held at 12:00 PM at South Park Cemetery, 1310 N. Main St. (Telephone Rd.), Pearland, TX. Serving as Pallbearers: Steve McGinley, Larry Fulton, Jimmy Sylvia, Logan Sullivan, Tyler Sullivan, and Johnny Douglas. Honorary Pallbearers: Johnny Summersill, Charles Dyer, Dink Hutter, Larry Devillier, Bubba Devillier, Leroy Ezer, Bruce Simpson, Joey Presnall, Tom Mulligan, Robin Tolleson, Eddie Dillow, and Wayne Follis.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Ralph and Mary Wilson Scholarship Fund, benefitting students of Barbers Hill FFA. Checks can be made out to Barbers Hill Young Farmers, P.O. Box 231 Mont Belvieu, TX 77580.

  • PALLBEARERS

  • Steve McGinley
  • Larry Fulton
  • Jimmy Sylvia
  • Logan Sullivan
  • Tyler Sullivan
  • Johnny Douglas
  • Honorary Pallbearers
  • Johnny Summersill
  • Charles Dyer
  • Dink Hutter
  • Larry Devillier
  • Bubba Devillier
  • Leroy Ezer
  • Bruce Simpson
  • Joey Presnall
  • Tom Mulligan
  • Robin Tolleson
  • Eddie Dillow
  • Wayne Follis

Services

  • Visitation

    Friday, May 14, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Friday, May 14, 2021

  • Committal Service

    Friday, May 14, 2021

Memories

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Mary Wilson

May 14, 2021

I will always remember Wayne for his witty sense of humor, that grin and waiting for that wise comment and of course a hug. So much fun he shared but work came first and that grin could turn pretty serious pretty quick! I never was on that receiving end but did see it a few times around the boys but never with Becky. She was the golden child ❤️ Lots of great stories and laughs will carry his name for years to come.

Robert Brown

May 13, 2021

I have been a friend of Wayne's since the early seventies when I started working at Diamond Shamrock. We had many good times hunting in the hill country, fishing with him and his brother in Port Aransas, going to horse shows and just sitting at the barn. He will be missed by many.

Johnnie (Odom) Melton

May 13, 2021

We were all friends during the 'Diamond Shamrock' days. Frankie & Jeff: my prayers for you both , and your family during this difficult time! May God be with you all.







John Arnett

May 12, 2021

My dad and Wayne worked together out at Geon/Oxy. I would help Wayne load hay or clean horse stalls for side jobs in high school. It would always start out with my dad snickering around 5:30-6:00 am as he brought me the phone. Wayne would start out “what are you doing, fartin’ around?” I say this with respect, fondness and to say Wayne helped mold me into the man I am today. He will be missed

Ken Miles

May 11, 2021

I worked with Wayne for 43 years and he was a good friend. I have miss him calling me at 2am in the morning to come to work and asking me what are you doing.

Wayne Miller

May 10, 2021

Taught me how to appreciate calf fries.

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