Earl Iseman Sullivan, retired government official, died on Wednesday, June 19, 2013, at Baptist Health Paducah.
Mr. Sullivan was born in Paducah, Ky., on June 28, 1923, the son of Jesse Iseman and Birdie (Melton) Sullivan. He graduated from Tilghman High School (salutatorian); Western Kentucky University (BA; cum laude); graduate study at Catholic University of America; Instructor at Spencerian College in Louisville; Army Education Counselor at The Pentagon in Washington, D.C.; proposal coordinator of White House baccalaureate program for White House Communication personnel during the Reagan presidency; retired as director of Army education, Military District of Washington in 1988. Following retirement he was employed as a travel information specialist by the Arlington, Virginia, Convention and Visitors Bureau until November 1997.
Mr. Sullivan received numerous awards including the Army Meritorious Civilian Service award for designing and presenting transition seminars in The Pentagon; The Notable Americans award in recognition of past achievements and outstanding services to the community, state and nation.
He was represented in numerous biographies including Marquis Publishing House’s WHO’S WHO IN THE WORLD, 1984-1985 edition.
He served as a volunteer with numerous organizations including the Smithsonian Museums (Washington); the Council on Literacy (Washington); the Little Theatre of Alexandria (Virginia). Served as president of the Metropolitan Organ Society of Washington, D.C.; assistant director of the Little Colonel Theatre (Louisville) and on the Jaycee’s speaker panel (Louisville).
He was a long-time member of The International Platform Association, The Adult Education Association, The Kentucky Society, The Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels, The Pilgrims of St. Mary’s and a member of the Broadway United Methodist Church of Paducah.
His publications included two collections of poems; DRIFTING ECHOES and UNTIL TIME DISAPPEARS. Other poems were published in APPROACHES; SPOTS OF TIME; LYRIC and other anthologies. He received numerous awards for poetry and non-fiction.
He is survived by three nephews, Stephen C. Sullivan and wife Barbara of Tallahassee, Fla., David L. Sullivan and wife Doris of Symsonia, Rodney Flint and wife Jane of Kevil; one niece, Elizabeth Miller of Paducah; several great-nieces and nephews, and several great-great-nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Jesse Iseman Sullivan and Birdie (Melton) Sullivan; his brother, W.D. Sullivan; and sister-in-law, Sue Sullivan.
Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 22, 2013, at Hughes Funeral Home of Paducah with Rev. Joe Beal officiating. Burial will follow at Maplewood Cemetery in Mayfield, Ky.
Visitation will be from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Friday, June 21, 2013, at the funeral home.
You may leave a message of sympathy or light a candle at www.hughesfuneral.com.