Jonathan "Sully" Michael Sullivan

July 20, 1990June 15, 2011

Twenty-year-old Jonathan Michael "Sully" Sullivan, a native of Birmingham, died unexpectedly on Wednesday, June 15, 2011 while rock climbing with friends in Virginia. He is survived by his parents, Beth and Harry Horton and Mike Sullivan; his grandmother, Vera McHan; his brother, Brandon Horton (Jeannie Edwards Horton); his sister, Kim Horton Powell (Lee Powell); his nieces and nephews, Adam Edwards, Kayden Powell, Kamryn Powell, and Jace Powell; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins. Preceding in death were grandparents, James J. McHan, John and Lorraine Sullivan, and Vera Mae and Jimmy J. Horton. Jonathan will be lovingly remembered and deeply missed by the family and friends he leaves behind. He was a student at Shelton State Community College in Tuscalooosa and was planning to attend the University of Alabama, where he was invited as a walk-on to the Crimson Tide football team. He was a 2008 graduate of Spain Park High School in Hoover. A gifted athlete and musician, Jonathan sang in the Spain Park High School Show Choir, lettered in track, and played on the defensive line for the Jaguars under head football coach John Grass. He helped lead the Jaguars to the state championship game in 2007 and graduated with a scholarship to play football at The University of North Alabama. At UNA, he played football as a defensive lineman under head coaches Mark Hudspeth in 2008 and Terry Bowden in 2009. Jonathan helped lead his football team to a 2009 National Championship. The family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m. on Sunday, June 19, 2011 at Pelham First Baptist Church, where Jonathan was a member. The funeral service will be at 11 a.m. on Monday, June 20, 2011 at Pelham First Baptist, and a graveside service will follow at Fowler Springs Cemetery in Blountsville. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Crimson Tide Foundation, P.O. Box 870343, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0343, to help establish a football scholarship in Jonathan's memory.


  • Visitation Sunday, June 19, 2011
  • Celebration of Life Monday, June 20, 2011

Jonathan "Sully" Michael Sullivan

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Bunny Hayden

July 12, 2011

Beth, I just found out about your son. Ray & I are so very sorry because I know how much he meant to you. May God Bless & hold you in the palm of his hand..Just knowing you I know he was awesome!! We love you ..

June 25, 2011

I don't know what to say. Words can't express the heartbreak of losing your son. My prayer for you and your family is that as time passes, you are able to recall the memories you had with Jonathan and that they can be your comfort as you go through the days, months and years ahead. And Patty ... I hope the memories you two shared of Harry Potter, Star Wars, and other special times will continue to warm your heart.
God Bless! Aunt Peggy, Betsy and the rest of the family. (Allison Park, PA)

Lionel&tenesha Cook

June 22, 2011

Johnathan i cant believe that you are gone you were just at my home before you left and before I left to go on vacation and I come home to such sad news...GONE BUT NEVER FORGOTTEN...R.I.P

Bill and Cissy Moss

June 22, 2011

We are so sorry for your loss of this precious child of God. We knew of him through our grandson, Garrett Grisham, who played with him at both Spain Park and UNA. I'm sure we saw him at both schools. May your heart heal with the Lord's love and gentle hand as He holds you. Bless you, Bill and Cissy "Granny" Moss. (Pulaski, TN)


June 22, 2011

WOW I don't even know Jonathan and am so touched by this story and all who knew Jonathan. I only met him that day at the Blue Ridge Parkway and took a photo that he happens to be in - from the back.. so many have written me to send the photo which I am happy to do. WE are praising the LORD with you all that this young man knew and loved Jesus, we were horrified when we got home from our trip and heard he had fallen and died, knew nothing about him NOW we feel like we know him. OH how wide the family of GOD blessings
and know GOD is working so much good from this seeminly awful thing.......ROM 8:28

Linda Thomas

June 21, 2011

Mike, Jonathan was an exceptional person and I know having you for a father was a great influence in his life. He had a heart of gold and everyone that met him loved him. I will miss him greatly but feel so blessed that I knew him even if it was for a short period of time. I know that he changed many lifes for the better while he was here with us. He will be greatly missed by everyone that was blessed by knowing him. May God give you comfort and peace that only he can give.

Scott and Gay Shorr

June 21, 2011

Mike, Scott and I are saddened for your loss. We remember meeting your handsome son at an Alabama-Auburn game party...his big smile is unforgettable.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Scott and Gay Shorr

Jodi Bishop Danny Foshee Paul Moss

June 21, 2011

Mike - Please know we are all thinking of you and have you in our prayers here in South Alabama. There are no words to express your pain, but please know we are here for you anytime you need Us. May God wrap His arms around you and your family during this time and help you heal from these wounds.
We Care and Miss you Dearly!
Allsource Mortgage Inc.
Mobile, AL

LeaAnn Clements

June 21, 2011

I am so very sorry for your loss. I had not met your son, Sully, but he was friends with my son, Adam Clements. My son, Adam, passed away unexpectedly on May 7, 2011. I know the pain and grief you are going through. I have heard many funny stories of our sons. I pray that God will put his arms around you and your family to help give you comfort.
My prayers are with you.

LeaAnn Clements (Pinson, Alabama)

Phil Hurst

June 21, 2011

Sully; So very sorry to hear about Jonathan. Our hearts go out to you my friend.
Suzanne, Phoebe and Phil Hurst