Charlie B. Sullivan was born on May 12, 1938 in Hartsville, Tennes-see to the union of James and Lucille Sullivan. At the age of 12 years old, he accepted Christ as his Savior at St. John Baptist Church in Hartsville, TN. He attended Hartsville Elementary School and Ward High School where he graduated in 1954. At the age of 16 years old and at the tender age of 17, he met and married Mary Johnson, who was 16 years old. They moved to Evanston, Illinois in 1959. To this union seven children were born. Charlie united with Springfield Baptist Church under the leadership of the late Rev. L.M. Geter where he served for 14 years.
He later moved his membership to Mt. Carmel Baptist Church under the leadership of Rev. Thornton. He was later ordained and chosen as pastor which he served for 2 years at Mt. Carmel in 1975. He became the founder and pastor of New Bibleway Missionary Baptist Church till the present time. He was a current member of Springfield Baptist Church under the leadership of Pastor Emmett Williams. He was elevated to the office of a bishop by Bishop Fred Harris, which he faithfully enjoyed. Charlie worked numerous jobs and owned several businesses State Farm, Body and Fender Shop, and I-Haul Rubbish Removal Company.
He was also a master mason with Mt. Moriah Lodge 32, Chaplin with State and Evanston Police Department and the Fraternal Order of Police. Charlie was a wonderful husband and father. He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Mary. He leaves to cherish his memories his children, Charlie W., Ricky, Ronnie, Anthony, Jeffery, Novietta Sullivan, Consuela (Reginald) Spears and Kevin Davis; ten grandchildren, Stephanie Sullivan, Jamar Brinson, Terrel (Jasmine) Spears, Brandon (Kierra) Spears, Ryan Spears, Monique, Danielle, Tiffany Cobb, Steven (Samantha) Sullivan, and Terrance Sullivan; a host of other grands, twelve great-grandchildren, Sarah, Erica, Josh, Kayla, Johnathan, Jayden, Zuri, Kinsley, Londyn, Rylee, Ashton, Autumn; and great-great-grandson, Julian; mother-in-law, Bishop Minnie Sullivan; brother-in-law, Ira Johnson; two nieces, Linda Mann, Nicole (Neal) Mann-Allen; four nephews, George, Larry, Jerry and Kenny Whittaker, two god-daughters, Nancy (Deacon Michael) Davis and Carmen Burgin Banks; three god grandchildren, Shni A, De’angelo, and Ash’lee Davis; loving caregiver, Machell Spears and Pastor’s Keeper Cornelius Spears; and his loving New Bibleway members. Bishop was a Baptist preacher, but he enjoyed attending Williams Memorial COGIC on a regular basic. Please keep the family in your prayers.
Arrangements entrusted to Thompson Funeral & Cremation Services, Inc. Mr. Philip L. Gillette ~ Funeral Director
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