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John L. Sullivan

November 14, 1938 — February 24, 2024

Bon Aqua, TN

John L. Sullivan, a beloved husband, father, grandfather, friend, passed away on February 24, 2024. He was born on November 14, 1938, leaving behind a legacy of love, courage, and unwavering dedication.

John's life was marked by his profound service to his country. He honorably served in the United States Army for 20 years, rising to the rank of Sergeant First Class. His bravery was evident through his record of over 100 jumps during his military service. John's commitment to protecting his nation and ensuring the safety of others will always be remembered.

Beyond his military career, John was a man of many passions. An avid outdoorsman, he found solace in fishing, hunting, and camping under the open sky.

One of John's greatest joys was embarking on motorcycle rides with his beloved wife, creating cherished memories that will forever hold a special place in her heart. His adventurous spirit extended to traveling in his RV, where he shared captivating stories of his escapades with those around him.

A true jack of all trades, John also served as a K9 trainer, demonstrating his innate ability to connect with and train these loyal companions. His expertise and passion left an indelible mark on both the animals he worked with and the people whose lives they touched.

Among his treasured moments were the large family Christmas gatherings he hosted with warmth and generosity. John's presence brought light and laughter to those around him, making every holiday season a memorable celebration filled with love and joy.

John L. Sullivan will be deeply missed by all who had the honor of knowing him. While we mourn his loss here on earth, we take comfort in knowing that his spirit lives on through the countless lives he touched with his kindness and strength.

In memory of John, let us carry forward his legacy of unwavering dedication to serving others and embracing life's adventures with courage and love. May he rest in peace knowing that he made a lasting impact on this world and will always be held close in our hearts.

Visitation: will be from 10:00 AM – until time of services on Monday, March 04, 2024.


Funeral Service: will being at 12:00 PM on Monday, March 04, 2024 from the Chapel of Spann Funeral Home.


Interment with Military Honors: will begin at 2:00 PM at Middle Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery.


Survived by: 

Wife of 66 years:

Helga Maria Sullivan of Bon Aqua, TN



Wanda Talbot (Bill) of Nevada

James Sullivan (Diane) of Tennessee

Sandra Koski (Robert) of Colorado

John Sullivan (Sylvia) of Tennessee



John Talbot

Christina Stevens (Casey)

Danielle Yates (Cody)

Jay Huff (Anastasia)

Joe Huff (Nova)

Malissa Meehan

Trevor Sullivan

Karli McReynolds

12 Great Grandchildren

3 Great-Great Grandchildren



Preceded in death by: John Washington and Lula Mae Sullivan, James Harlan Sullivan, Jesse Aron Sullivan, and Hattie F. Sullivan.


Arrangements by Spann Funeral Home & Cremation Services (615) 446-1123

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Service Schedule

Past Services


Monday, March 4, 2024

10:00am - 12:00 pm (Central time)

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Funeral Service

Monday, March 4, 2024

12:00 - 1:00 pm (Central time)

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Monday, March 4, 2024

2:00 - 2:30 pm (Central time)

Middle Tennessee State Veteran's Cemetery

7931 McCrory Lane, Nashville, TN 37221

With Military Honors

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