Johnnie Virginia Sullivan was born on June 11, 1929 in Evadale, Arkansas to Eula Dalton Carwyle and Millard Carwyle. She was raised in Mississippi and Arkansas, with the family moving to Blytheville, Arkansas when she was 15 years old.
Johnnie owned and operated the Music Center in Blytheville, Arkansas for 14 years, and often spoke fondly of her time as a business owner. She married Larry Sullivan in Blytheville on October 13, 1985, and they moved to Paris, Texas in August of 1993.
Johnnie is survived by her husband Larry, her two sons, Gary Thomas and his wife Melissa of Austin, Texas and Woodrow Thomas and his wife Karin of Cooper, Texas, her daughter Marcia Frederick and her husband John of Bradenton, Florida, her brother Millard “Bo” Carwyle of Pinson, Alabama, her three stepdaughters, Karen Sayers and her husband Brian of Indiana, Brenda Stanly and her husband Frank of Tennessee and Christina Selph and her husband Brent of Tennessee, her six grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, five stepgrandchildren, four nieces and two nephews. Johnnie described her children and her grandchildren, to whom she was affectionately known as “Bigmama,” as her greatest joy in life.
She was preceded in death by her mother and father, her sister Eileen Greer and her brother Thomas Carwyle.
Johnnie passed away peacefully at the age of 90 on February 19, 2020 at the Oak Manor Nursing Home in Commerce, Texas. She maintained her sharp sense of humor until her last days and will be greatly missed by her family.
Visitation will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, February 25, 2020 at the Delta Funeral Home in Cooper, Texas, with a funeral service to follow at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, Johnnie asked that donations be made to Meals on Wheels.
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