John W. Sullivan, 79, entered into rest on Nov. 28, 2012, at his home following a short illness.

John W. Sullivan, 79, entered into rest on Nov. 28, 2012, at his home following a short illness.

He was born Oct. 1, 1933, in Malvern, Ark., to John Milton and Rhoda Altha (Mallett) Sullivan. He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Altha; sisters, Mary Lou Phillips, Carolyn Buckmaster; and nephew, Bruce Buckmaster.

Mr. Sullivan was a long-time resident of Neosho and was employed as manager of member service department at New-Mac Electric Coop for 34 years before his retirement in 1992. He was known by 4-H members in Newton and McDonald Counties as Mr. Electric. Most 4-H members have a pop can lamp and extension cord that they made at camp under his direction. He was also known as the “Joke Man” and entertained one and all with his jokes. Recently he and wife Joan were honored by Belfast Baptist Church for their faithful work at Belfast for 38 years. He loved his family with all his heart and we will all greatly miss him.

John married Joan Wagner Reding on Jan. 26, 1968, in Miami, Okla. and she survives.

He is also survived by his daughters, Gwen Guthrie and husband, David, Neosho, Raynea Snelson and husband, Keith, Neosho; grandchildren, Melissa Ramon and husband, Andy, Jennifer Guthrie, Shea Vailes and husband, David, Jacob Snelson and wife, Kaitlyn; great-granddaughter, Maggie Shea Vailes; brothers, Milton Sullivan, who is John’s twin brother, and wife, Mary Kay, Danny Sullivan and wife, Toni; nephews; Daniel Phillips and wife, Anita, Ricky Buckmaster and wife, Cathy, Alan Buckmaster and wife, Juanita; nieces; Linda Smith and husband, Eddie, Shannon Purvis and husband, Pat.

Funeral services will be held 10 a.m. Saturday, at Clark Funeral Home Chapel, Neosho. Interment will be in Belfast Cemetery; Pastor Nolan Lawrence officiating. The casket will be closed at service time. Friends may call at the funeral home from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday.

Memorial contributions may be made to Belfast Baptist Church or Avalon Hospice C/O Clark Funeral Home P.O. Box 66 Neosho, 64850.

Services are under the direction of Clark Funeral Home, Neosho.
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