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February 11, 2013

Johnnie Sullivan

Johnnie Lawrence Sullivan, 86, of Fairmont, died Saturday (Feb. 9, 2013) at Monongalia General Hospital in Morgantown.

He was born Oct. 23, 1926 in Fairmont, a son of the late Eugene and Edith Furbee Sullivan.

Prior to serving in the U.S. Army, John worked at age 15 in a Goodyear defense plant in Akron, Ohio. He was a veteran of both World War II and the Korean War and was a member of the VFW Post 629.

John retired from Owens-Illinois after 37 years as a master electrician and was the owner of Sullivan Rentals in Fairmont. He was an avid boater and aircraft enthusiast. He was a member of the Owenized Boat Club and especially loved to restore old boats. He was Catholic by faith and was a fourth-degree member of the Knights of Columbus.

He is survived by two sons, John L. II and wife Barbara, and James Patrick and companion Carol Johnson, all of Fairmont; three grandchildren, Sean and wife Charlene of Fairmont, Kevin and wife Lindsey of Martinsburg, and Jessica Laymon of Fairmont; and four great-grandchildren, Connor, Elizabeth and Kalin Sullivan and Makenna Laymon.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Doris Jean Swiger Sullivan; a son, Michael Joseph; three sisters, Agnes Johnson, Louise Walker and Edith DeVault; and a brother, Eugene “Zip” Sullivan.

The family will receive friends at Domico Funeral Home from 2-8 p.m. Tuesday. The funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday in the funeral home with Deacon David Lester officiating.

Condolences may be sent to the family online at

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