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Francis Joseph Sullivan

Obituary Date: Friday 25th March 2016

Francis Joseph Sullivan, Frank, beloved husband, father, grandfather "Lito", brother, uncle, and loyal friend passed away peacefully on March 25, 2016 at the age of 80.

Born in Atlanta, Georgia on February 29, 1936, Frank was the son of the late Mary Elizabeth Sullivan and Mr. Leo Aloysius Sullivan. A 1954 graduate of Marist High School, he then went on to complete his undergraduate degree in business from Georgia State University. Frank was happily married to his dear wife Mercedes Carrion Sullivan for 54 years. Always a loving husband and a proud father of three, he was known for his compassion, gentle nature, strong desire to help others, and his love of jazz music and dancing. A friend once said "Frank Sullivan taught every girl in Buckhead how to dance." Frank was a devout Catholic who lived his life with a strong faith and a strong sense of closeness of family. An Irishman through and through, he will be greatly missed and his compassion remembered by all.

Frank was predeceased by his father, mother, two sisters, and two brothers. Sadly bereaved are his loving wife, Mercedes, his sister Sister Mary Agnes Sullivan, and his three children, Dr. Francis Joseph Sullivan II and his wife Marcia Azar Sullivan of Cumming, Ga; Maria Sullivan Hardin and her husband Rick William Hardin of Nassau, Ba; and Carla Sullivan Burkhardt and her husband John Bland Burkhardt III of Greenville, SC. Affectionately known as "Lito," he is survived by ten grandchildren, Andra Sullivan Sambataro, Alex, Claire, Michael, and Zachary Sullivan; Austin and Luke Hardin; Carly, Anna, and Kathryn Burkhardt. Frank is also survived by his dear niece Alexandra Carrion Hudson and her husband Paul Hudson and children Kiara and Alexa Hudson of Greenwich, Ct.

Frank courageously battled Parkinson's Disease for eleven years under the loving care of his devoted wife.

A rosary and memorial Mass to commemorate Frank's life will be held 11:00 a.m., Thursday, March 31 at Saint Brendan's Catholic Church with Father Jason Brooks as the celebrant.


In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the John Paul II Medial Research Institute at www.jp2mri.org

Funeral Date
03/31/2016 at 11:00AM
Funeral Home
Byars Funeral Home