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Mrs. Elizabeth Mabel Fleming Sullivan
Joiner-Anderson Funeral Home & Crematory
Mrs. Elizabeth Mabel Fleming Sullivan
STATESBORO, Ga. -- Mrs. Elizabeth Mabel Fleming Sullivan, age 73, of Statesboro, Georgia, passed away peacefully after an extended illness at Ogeechee Area Hospice inpatient facility on Thursday, December 13, 2018.
    Elizabeth was born in Savannah, Ga., on January 19, 1945. She was raised in Savannah, where she attended Blessed Sacrament School and graduated from St. Vincent’s Academy in 1963.
    She married Bill Sullivan April 11th, 1964, and they made their home in Savannah. She was a devoted mother, staying home caring for her children. As her children entered school, Elizabeth began working at the school they attended, St. James Catholic School, as a physical education teacher and coach. She worked for 15 years until her retirement.
    Elizabeth and her husband moved to Statesboro in 2004, where she became a devout communicant of St. Matthew Catholic Church.
    In 2011, she survived a double lung transplant, which gave her seven more years with her family.
    She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother with a heart of gold. She always helped others, never expecting anything in return.
    In her teenage years, Elizabeth was a star athlete and led SVA to many victories on the basketball court.
    Elizabeth loved the outdoors and enjoyed sports and many camping trips and fishing trips with her family. She was, on many occasions, the envy of her husband, brothers-in-law and friends as she would out-fish them more times than not and has the wall hangers to prove it.
    She was preceded in death by her parents, Paul C. Fleming Sr. and Mabel E. Rhodes Fleming; a brother, Ralph O. Fleming; a daughter, Debra Ann Sullivan; and a brother-in-law, Lamar Miles.
    Surviving are her husband of 54 years, William J. “Billy” Sullivan Jr.; a daughter, Patricia “Trish” Turner (Robby) of McDonough; a son, William J. Sullivan III (Kristie) of Stilson; her grandchildren, Ashley McDonald (Adam) of McDonough, Amberly Hart (Jon) of Statesboro, Kaitlyn Sullivan of Stilson and William Sullivan IV of Stilson; three great-grandchildren, Anthony, Alexander and Sullivan “Sulli”; three brothers, Paul C. Fleming Jr. (Joan) of Bonita Springs, Fla.; Gerald P. Fleming (Delores) of Statesboro and Joseph A. Fleming (Amy) of Atlanta; four sisters, Loretto Toms (Terry), Catherine Cooper (Gary), Anita Fay Morgan (Richard) and Theresa Miles (Lamar), all of Savannah; and three brothers–in-law, Tommy Sullivan (Nancy) of Savannah, Dickie Sullivan (Julie) of Pembroke and Gary Sullivan (Linda) of Savannah. Many nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family survive.
    The family will receive visitors on Tuesday from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. at Joiner-Anderson Funeral Home in Statesboro, followed by a rosary service at 7 p.m.
    A Mass of Christian burial will be Wednesday at 10 a.m. at St. Matthew Catholic Church with Father Doug Clark officiating. Interment will be in Bulloch Memorial Gardens.
    The family requests that memorial contributions be made to Father Flanagan’s Boy’s Home, 14100 Crawford Street, Boy’s Town, NE 68010;; or to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
    Friends may sign the online register book at
    Joiner-Anderson Funeral Home & Crematory of Statesboro is in charge of the arrangements.

Statesboro Herald, December 18, 2018
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