Funeral services for Frances L. Sullivan, 85, of Bangs, Texas, will be at 2 p.m. Saturday July 28, 2007, at Bangs First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Bobby Weathers and the Rev. Wayne Lewis officiating.
Interment will follow in the Bangs Cemetery in Bangs, Texas.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, July 27, 2007, at the Davis-Morris Funeral Home in Brownwood, Texas.
She passed away July 26, 2007, at Brownwood Regional Medical Center in Brownwood, Texas.
Mrs. Sullivan was born Oct. 10, 1921, in Blanket, Texas, to Thomas Estley Levisay and Sallie McCulley Levisay.
Frances Louise Levisay graduated from Blanket High School in Blanket, Texas, in 1938 as valedictorian of her class. After attending Howard Payne University for three years, she transferred to North Texas University in Denton, where she graduated in 1942 with a Bachelor of Science degree in homemaking. She taught homemaking one year in Rochelle and then moved to Bangs, teaching homemaking for four years. She received her Master of Education degree from Howard Payne University in 1966.
She married Ben F. Sullivan Jr. on Dec. 28, 1946, in Blanket, Texas. Ben and Frances had three sons: Thomas James Sullivan, born in 1947; Ben Charles Sullivan, born in 1950; and Harold Lyndon Sullivan, born in 1953. Ben and Frances lived in Bangs their entire married life.
Frances did not teach school for a few years when her sons were young because she made being a mother and housewife her first priority, and she was absolutely wonderful in those roles. Later, in 1962, when all the boys were in school, she went back to the schoolroom, teaching in the elementary school. She taught the sixth grade, the third grade and for the last 12 years of teaching, she taught the fourth grade. She taught a total of 25 years, with 24 of those years being in the Bangs School System.
Frances held a Texas real estate license under her husband’s real estate agency. Frances and Ben were also involved in livestock farming.
Frances was a member of the Omega Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma, an honorary teacher society. She was a member of the Texas Small Schools Association, and for several years she was a local building representative for Texas State Teachers Association and the National Education Association. She was also a member of Retired Teachers Association.
In 1976, she was honored by being named as an outstanding elementary teacher and was listed as a member of Outstanding Leaders in Elementary and Secondary Education. She was member of Bangs PTC organization. She was a member of Bangs Chapter 467 - Order of the Eastern Star, where she and Ben served as Worthy Matron and Worthy Patron in 1953-1954. She was an active member of the Bangs First United Methodist Church, where she served on many committees and boards during the years. She was also a member of the United Methodist Women.
Throughout her life of various careers and interests, she was most proud of her husband and boys and later her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Survivors include children: Thomas James Sullivan and wife Barbara of Waco, Texas, Ben Charles Sullivan and wife Debbie of Keller, Texas and Harold Lyndon Sullivan of Rainbow, Texas; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren: Benjamin Dwight Sullivan and wife Teresa and their sons, Hunter Jeffrey and Robert Benjamin Sullivan of Bruceville, Texas, James Thomas Sullivan of Plano, Texas, Karen Marie Coakley and husband Major Darius Coakley and their children, Ryan Theodore and Haley Marie Coakley of San Deigo, Calif.; Dustin Charles Sullivan of Dallas, Texas; Shawna Lynn Ross and her husband Joe Ross of Owasso, Okla., and Kendra Renee Sullivan of Denton, Texas. She is also survived by a number of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Thomas Estley Levisay and Sallie McCulley Levisay and her husband, Ben F. Sullivan Jr. She was also preceded in death by her two sisters, Evelyn Levisay and Margaret Levisay, and her two brothers, Thomas Levisay and Byron “Pete” Levisay.