James Walter “Butch” Sullivan passed from this life on Saturday August 1, 2015 after obtaining the age of 80 years and 38 days as a result of an automobile accident in Wayne Co., KY.

Butch was born on June 23, 1935 in Wayne Co., KY to Viney “Black” Sullivan and the late Arvil Sullivan.

Butch was united in marriage to the late Lela “East” Sullivan on August 6, 1971 in Jellico, TN. He is survived by his Mother, Viney “Black” Sullivan of Bronston, KY; One daughter, Norma (and Gary) Hardwick of Bronston, KY; one son, J.W. East of Bronston, KY; two stepdaughters, Cindy East of Bronston, KY; and Barbara Rector of Lorain, OH; one stepson, Hobert East of Shelton, WA; three sisters, Jean Slaven of Lexington, KY; Joyce (and Rusty) Flynn of New Castle, IN; and Hazel Dancey of Cincinnati, OH; two brothers, Ronnie (and Linda) Sullivan of Somerset, KY; and Jerry Sullivan of Bronston, KY; four grandchildren, Seven great-grandchildren, and three great-great grandchildren, ten step-grandchildren, and 15 step great-grandchildren. Butch was preceded in death by his wife, Lela East Sullivan, his father, Arvil Sullivan, one brother, Bobby Sullivan, one sister, Bonnie Sullivan, three stepsons, Jerry, Jason, and John East, one stepdaughter, Ruby Jewel East, and one great-granddaughter, Clelsea Carrender.

Butch worked in the log woods and was an avid farmer for most of his life. In his later years, he enjoyed gardening and sharing his vegetables with anyone who needed a good home cooked meal. He loved going to church and not just on Sunday, but any day of the week. He enjoyed traveling while listening to gospel music on the radio. He loved reminiscing of the days gone by and a simpler time when he would work all day for 25 cents and take his cane pole and go fishing in the river that ran through old Burnside. Butch loved his family more than anything and enjoyed spending time with them going on picnics and having family dinners. He often spoke of how blessed he was to have his 101 year old Mother and still be able to take care of her in his home. Butch was a helping hand to anyone he thought had a need and was always ready to spring into action, and get it done. He was fond of saying “it’s better to give than to receive” and Butch was a giver. Though time has a way of fading all things, it could never fade the memory of his generosity and the kindness of his heart. Butch will be sadly missed by a host of family and friends.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday August 4, 2015 after 5pm in the Chapel of Southern Oaks Funeral Home.

Funeral Service will be held on Wednesday August 5, 2015 at 2pm in the Chapel of Southern Oaks Funeral Home with Pastor Russell Keith, Pastor Steve Mullins, and Bro. Ricky Slaven officiating.

Burial will follow in New Bronston Cemetery.

Southern Oaks Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.