Tootsie Sullivan

Former geologist Carolyn P. “Tootsie” Sullivan, 67, of Puryear died Thursday, June 20, 2019, at Jackson-Madison County General Hospital in Jackson. No cause of death was given.

Her funeral service was Saturday at Ridgeway Funeral Home, with Scotty Sorrells officiating.

Sullivan was born Aug. 29, 1951, in Memphis. She was the daughter of the late Allen Odell and Gracie Ivey Strickland.

She is survived by four children: Summer and Sladen Sullivan, both of Puryear, Toni (Alex) Sopel of Moon Township, Pa., and Autumn (Jordan) Smith of Martin; eight grandchildren: Riley, Lucas and Kennix Smith, Sophia, Shane and Natalia Sopel, and Alexander and Alora Campbell; four great-grandchildren; and a sister, Beverly Ridgewell of Dade City, Fla.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Brandy Sullivan; and a brother, David Strickland.

She worked for the State of Tennessee as a geologist and retired in 2015. She visited many states in her lifetime, including Alaska, where she enjoyed goldpanning, and Nevada, where she was an opal miner. Her hobbies included fishing, painting and gardening. She was a member of Puryear Baptist Church.

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