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Perry ‘Cabbage Head’ Clemons Sullivan

Perry ‘Cabbage Head’ Clemons Sullivan, 83, of Pikeville, Tennessee went home to be with Lord on Thursday, September 28, 2023.

Perry was raised in the Christian faith on a farm in Bledsoe County by his loving parents Oscar and Wilma Sullivan. He had three sisters: Toni Allison, Joan Sullivan(deceased) and Karen Schonschack.

He is survived by his faithful wife and companion of 63 years Martha Sullivan. They had four children Craig (Angie) Sullivan, Carleen Messimer, Jennifer (Sam) Katz and Christopher Sullivan (deceased). Six grandchildren Megan (Josh) Miller, Taylor (Jesse) Wilkey, Keely Lockhart, Hunter (Robert) Smith, Nathan Sullivan and Chloe Messimer. Nine great-grandchildren Gavin, Saydee, Ryker Miller, Jax, Jase and Jacob Wilkey, Emmalane Lockhart, Sephora Sullivan and Rowen Smith.

He had a love for the great outdoors and was a avid fisherman and hunter. He had a green thumb and continued on in the family tradition of farming the land and raising your family on the farm.

He never met a stranger and enjoyed meeting new people. That love for people led him to being a county commissioner for many years. One of his greatest accomplishments during that time was having the nursing home opened in our small rural town. He eventually partnered up and stopped farming and took a leap of faith on a new business venture that led to the establishment of Advanced Automatic Machining in Pikeville in 1986. They successfully ran the screw machine shop for almost 20 years. Serving the auto and furniture industry as well as many others. He retired in 2005 coming home to the farm where he continued to cattle farm and garden.

On a beautiful summers day you might find him mowing or fishing at the pond with one of the grand or great-grandkids or taking his dog Jackie on a ride around the neighborhood visiting his friends and loved ones. He often spoke of his faith and how he would ride on his side by side talking with the Lord. He was a beloved husband, father, papaw and friend and will be missed by many.

His family would like to invite their family and friends to a Celebration of Life memorial that will be held on Saturday, October 21st at 1:00 p.m. EST at the New Harmony Baptist Church with Brother Freddie Marler officiating the service.

1 Comment

  1. Ginger Holland on October 14, 2023 at 4:50 pm

    What a sweet, sweet man he was. Always with a smile and a mischievous nature, always picking on Martha. Gonna miss you old boy.

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