Sunday, March 6, 2011

Larry Sullivan, United States Marine Corps Veteran

Larry Sullivan was born in Memphis, Tennessee on December 4, 1943 and passed away on February 23, 2011 in Pflugerville, Texas, with his family at his side.

Larry proudly served his country as a United States Marine from 1961 to 1965. He later worked for the Texas State Comptroller’s Office where he met his future wife.

He transferred to the Texas Alcohol Beverage Control office in 1972 and retired as the Chief of Enforcement in 1992. He also served as the Chief of Police for Austin Community College.

A Funeral Mass was performed on Tuesday, March 1 at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church in Pflugerville. In attendance were the Patriot Guard Riders of the Austin Region who formed a line of American flags at the entrance of the church to welcome the arriving family and friends.

At the conclusion of the Mass, the Riders led the funeral procession to the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery at Killeen, Texas for interment. At the cemetery were Patriot Guard Riders of the Central Texas Region and fifty American flags blowing briskly in the wind, to greet the arriving funeral procession.

Larry’s flag draped coffin was moved from the hearse into the committal shelter by six pall bearers. The Patriot Guard Riders formed a line of American flags around the shelter as final prayers were offered by Deacon Gene Morse of St. Josephs, who led the gathering in the recitation of the 23rd Psalms.

Military Honors were rendered by an Honor Guard. Taps was played by a bugler for the United States Navy. The American flag that covered the mahogany coffin was folded into a tight triangle, by two Non-Commissioned Officers of the United States Marine Corps. The flag was then presented to Larry’s dear wife of 37 years, Janet, on behalf of the President of the United States, the Commandant of the United States Marine Corps and a grateful nation as thanks for Larry’s years of faithful service.

Larry Sullivan was then laid to rest on the upper plain of the cemetery as the American flag flew at half-staff on the hill above. Left to cherish his memory are his wife, a daughter, a son, two grandsons, two brothers, a sister, numerous other dear family and friends and his four-legged friends, Lucky, Stella and Scotty.

The family has suggested contributions in Larry’s memory to St. Vincent de Paul or the Semper Fi Fund,

With thanks to the Austin American-Statesman for biographical information.

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