Shirley Sawyer Sullivan

September 13, 1940July 15, 2013

New Bern, NC Shirley Sawyer Sullivan, 72, of New Bern, died July 15, 2013 at CarolinaEast Medical Center.

She was a former member of St. Mary’s FWB Church and a member of the Star Group and Circle. She was a current member of Blessed Hope Ministries. Shirley lived in the NOAH apartments where she attended services and was very active in various activities. She is preeded in death by a brother, Jimmy Sawyer.

She is survived by two daughters, Veronica “Ronnie” Wilson and husband Randy, and Michelle Trexler and fiance’ Tony Hill, all of New Bern; three brothers, Jerry Stapleford of New Bern; Earl Sawyer of Aurora; Kenneth Sawyer of Newport News, VA; one sister, Sylvia Ipock of Moyock, NC; her grandchildren, Patrick Dillon Ratchford, Tommy Hill and fiance’ Susan Tabor, Christian Wooliever and Jason Wilson, and her great-grandchildren, Jaelyn and Kelsi Hill, Madilynn Carraway, Austin Lee, Hailee and Isaac Wooliever, Michael, Kaleb and Alba Wilson.

Visitation will begin at 11:00 am Friday, July 19, 2013 at Cotten Funeral Home, followed by a service at 12:00 noon. Burial will follow at Greenleaf Memorial Park.

Flowers will be accepted or memorials may be made to Blessed Hope Evangelist Ministries 3312 Oaks Rd., New Bern, NC 28562.

Online condolences may be made to the Sullivan family at


  • Funeral Service Friday, July 19, 2013
  • Visitation Friday, July 19, 2013

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Teresa Taylor

July 23, 2013

I'm so sorry for your family's loss. Ms. Shirley was a wonderful and gracious woman, and it was an honor to know her for the time I worked at NOAH Apartments. She will greatly be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this time.

Linda E. Chandler

July 19, 2013

Ronnie, Michelle and family, So sorry for the loss of your mother. You are in my thoughts and prayers. May God Bless and be with you all during this time. Linda E. Chandler

Betty Lichtenwalter

July 18, 2013

I will always remember the wonderful memories and all the laughter
Shirley and I have shared through the years. She was a wonderful, kind, and very inspirational friend. I will miss her dearly. May the Lord comfort the hearts of each family member during this difficult time.

Angela Smith

July 17, 2013

To the family of Ms. Shirley I enjoyed the years I spent with her as her caregiver. She was a beautiful person with a loving spirit. She often talked about her family which was very important to her she loved each and everyone of you. I can't began to tell you all the thoughts and prayers she had for each of you. Her love for you all is never ending. I will always love you Ms. Shirley TAKE YOUR WELL DESERVED REST GOD BLESS YOU. Love Angie.

Denise Potter

July 17, 2013

Michelle, I am so sorry for your family's loss. I know the folks at NOAH will miss her as well. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Christian Wooliever

July 17, 2013

Porcelain dolls, my love of photography, long braided hair, Christmas ornaments, birds and baby showers... Memories ?? you Granny


July 16, 2013

you will be missed granny love you