Harry & Bryant Company

500 Providence Road, Charlotte, NC


William Martin Sullivan

March 5, 1932January 4, 2017

William Martin Sullivan, 84, passed away January 4, 2017. Bill spent his last days in the company of friends and family, as he wanted.

Bill spent his childhood in Chicago. He enlisted in the Navy, where he served as a shipboard photographer aboard the USS Princeton. He met the love of his life, Barbara Pold, shortly after completing his tour.

Bill, Barb, and their son, William, moved to the Carolinas in the late 1970's, where Bill became part of Sonic Automotive, where he spent the last 47 years.

Bill is survived by his sister, Loretta Schneegas, of Chicago, IL; his son, William Sullivan; daughter-in-law, Judith Sullivan; grandchildren, Brianna, Kathleen, and Liam; nieces, nephews, and an extended "family of the heart" with whom he chose to surround himself.

He joins his sister, Veronica Sullivan Chambers, and his wife of 53 years, Barbara Pold Sullivan in eternal rest.

Visitation will be held at Harry & Bryant, 500 Providence Road from 6-9 pm Monday and Tuesday, January 9th and 10th. Funeral services to be held at St. Matthew Catholic Church, 8015 Ballantyne Commons Parkway at 11 am Wednesday. Entombment with military honors will follow at Crown Memorial Park.

A celebration of life will begin at 1:30 pm at the Shore Club in Tega Cay, SC.

Those interested in sending memorials, please consider the Speedway Children’s Charities (www.speedwaycharities.com).


  • Visitation Monday, January 9, 2017
  • Visitation Tuesday, January 10, 2017
  • Funeral Mass Wednesday, January 11, 2017


William Martin Sullivan

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Clayton Perry

February 24, 2017

Mr. Sullivan will be missed...A Great Man! Worked him from 1979-1981.

Ken Conrad

February 16, 2017

I got to know Bill at Town & Country Ford, where I would host weekend remote broadcasts for Mix 106.1 radio. He always had smiling eyes and a warm personality. I'm still driving the F150 he helped put me in many years ago. He'll certainly be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.

Russ Herzlich

January 12, 2017

Sully you will truly be missed, thanks for all your guidance thru the years in the auto business that I knew nothing about when I got here at Town and Country Ford

Aunt Gail

January 11, 2017

Words are caught in my throat and tears well up as I try so hard to leave a note. What a womderful person Bill was to us all. Our family is forever touched by the love he shared and the world he provided for my sister. His son and grandchildren have so many happy memories to carry with them.
Brianna, Katie, and Liam...your grandfather loved each of you more than words could ever describe.

Cindy Sigmon

January 10, 2017

My deepest condolences go out to your sweet family and loved one's Bill. It was a real pleasure getting to know you and extending a helping hand and being there during your time of need. I will miss seeing you and I know everyone everyone else will too. I just know that you are not having to suffer any longer and that the good Lord has you in His place of comfort now.

marv Lawrence

January 10, 2017

my mentor i will always be gratful for your help and support over the years,

Danny Lynch

January 9, 2017

Sully was a true southern gentleman. It was a honor to have him as a friend .

Danny Fesmire

January 9, 2017

Twenty five years ago Sully taught me how to sell. I enjoyed stopping in to see him over the years. He loved his family and making deals. He will be missed.

Cornell McGee

January 9, 2017

So sorry for your loss. I am glad my path crossed with Bill in life...I am the better for it! God Bless!

Mr. & Mrs. Kennth Gerow

January 9, 2017

Megan & I send our thoughts, love and prayers to you and your family during this difficult time. Mr. Sullivan was a wonderful man and father. He will be greatly missed.