Donald Ray Sullivan

February 17, 1941October 9, 2020

Donald Ray Sullivan, 79, of Sims passed Friday, October 9, 2020. He was the son of the late Needham and Elizabeth (Lizzie) Sullivan.

After successfully retiring from the NCDOT in 2003, Don returned to work for Jerry T. Bunn Trucking and Wilson County Solid Waste of Sims for the last 15 years. He enjoyed talking with all of his coworkers and meeting new people. Don spent most of his free time being a devoted family man to his wife, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, whom he loved dearly. He looked forward to his Saturday mornings visits with his brother, Ralph (Slick) to share a Diet Coke and talk about sports. Don was a long-time fan of the New York Yankees, Washington Redskins and the Duke Blue Devils. He was also a fan of country music. He and his wife, Elsie, enjoyed traveling the East Coast to attend many concerts over the past 45 years.

Surviving are his daughter, Melody Jones of Wilson; son, Johnny Jones (Paula) of Sims; brother Ralph Sullivan (Marie) of Bailey; his grandchildren Larissa, Heather, Ashley, Lindsey and Brandon; great-grandchildren Adynn, Claudia, Jaxson, Emery and Timothy; and several other loving family members.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Elsie Allen Sullivan; son, Tim Jones; sisters, Barbara Ann Tyndall, Lois Bradshaw and Agnes Wilson; brother, SL Fulghum, Jr.; and his beloved dog, Tiger.

The family will receive friends from 2:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 14, 2020, at Thomas-Yelverton Funeral Home, with the funeral service following at 3:00 p.m. in the funeral home chapel. Rev. Johnny Sullivan will officiate. Interment will be private in Evergreen Memorial Park, Wilson, NC.

The family of Donald Sullivan would like to send special thanks to Wilson Rehabilitation Center and Wilson Medical Center for their love and compassion during his care.

Funeral services are under the direction of Thomas-Yelverton Funeral Home, Wilson, NC. Online condolences may be sent by visiting


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Candace Brewer

October 13, 2020

Uncle Ralph, Aunt Marie and family and Melody and family:
Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you all. I am sure there is a great reunion going on in Heaven! Love you all. Candace

Crystal Turner

October 12, 2020

Im so sorry to hear of Don's passing. My thoughts ,prayers, and all my love i send to each and everyone of you. I love this family . Yall are always in my heart.❤😘🙏 RIP Donald Sullivan.💔

Love , Crystal

Margaret Bailey

October 12, 2020

To the Sullivan Family, we were saddened to learn of your loss. Know that our thoughts and prayers are with you! God be with you! James Allen and Margaret Boykin Bailey

Sara Vaughn

October 12, 2020

I'm so sorry for the families loss. Uncle Don was such a great man! Sending much love and hugs!

Love, Sara Vaughn

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