A celebration of life for Ethel Sullivan will be held 11 a.m.,  Saturday, Dec. 9, at First Baptist M. B. Church.

 A celebration of life for Ethel Sullivan will be held 11 a.m.,  Saturday, Dec. 9, at First Baptist M. B. Church.

Ethel’s will be eulogized by her son James Sullivan. 

Visitation along with a music  and expressions will be held Friday, Dec. 8 at Galilee M.B. Church 208 Adams St. in Helena, AR., from 6 to 8 p.m.

Final viewing will be 10 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 9, following Ethel’s celebration. 

Burial will be in at Sunset Memorial Gardens. 

Ethel Lee Sullivan was born May 25, 1936 to Jeff and Ethel Clark.  She was the youngest of six children, Joe Clark, David Clark, Easter Clark, Bo Shephard and Polly Winfield. 

Ethel’s life was shaped and defined by many experiences, which helped build a strong resolve within her. She possessed a spirit of excellence in whatever endeavor she undertook. She was also a hard worker. She worked at various companies and businesses, including Doughboy, Red Ball Department Store, Dr. Robert Miller’s Clinic, Mid-Delta Community Services, Foster Parenting, Phillips County Sheriff's Department, and was the first African American woman to head security for ABC television in San Francisco, California.

Ethel valued education and viewed it as an opportunity to provide a better way of life. She always encouraged her grandchildren to pursue an education by way of a grant, scholarship, or loan.

She was also a fashion diva before the term was coined. Although she had a keen eye for bargain shopping, she always looked like a million bucks. Many of her outfits she designed and sewed.

Ethel loved laughter, she loved people, she loved her community, and she loved her home church, Pleasant Joy M.B. Church in Calico Bottom. When she was not at Pleasant Joy, you could find her at Galilee First Baptist, or any other church that was having a program.

She was married to Robert G. Sullivan until his untimely death in 1964. As a dedicated mother, she wanted the best for her five children, Dorothy Sullivan, James (Cheryl) Sullivan, Belinda (Elijah) Mondy, Simella aka Pam(Jeffery) Prowell and Tommy Stephens. She cherished family and consistently modeled the importance of family sticking together. As the matriarch of the Sullivan family she was blessed to have 18 grandchildren, nine great -grandchildren, and a great-great grandchild. 

Services were entrusted to Stephens Funeral Home.