The Times West Virginian


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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