Mr. Hubert Walker Sullins, of Griffin, Ga., passed away Monday, April 8, 2013 at Brightmoor Hospice in Griffin.
Mr. Sullins was born May 6, 1924, in Experiment, Ga. He was the son of the late Emma Walker and Dee Granville Sullins. He graduated in 1941 from Griffin High School where he served as senior class president. After a year and a half of college at Georgia Tech, at the age of 18, he volunteered for service in the US Army Air Corps, where he served as navigator with a B-24 bomber crew in the 466th Bomb Group of the 8th Air Force. After successfully completing 35 combat missions, he returned to Georgia Tech to complete his education, graduating with a degree in Industrial Management. On June 12, 1948, he married Eva Adams Heath with whom he enjoyed over 60 years of marriage. Shortly after their marriage he once again answered the call to serve his country, serving as a navigator in the 301st Air Refueling Wing of the US Air Force during the Korean Conflict and the Cold War. After two years of additional service, he returned to his home town of Griffin to begin his 43 years of employment at Dundee Mills. He also continued service in the Air Force Reserve where he retired with the rank of Major. Mr. Sullins was a lifelong member of the First Presbyterian Church of Griffin serving for many years as an elder. He was also a member of the Rotary Club of Griffin for over 47 years where he served as Club President in 1976. During his life in the community of Griffin he also volunteered his time, efforts and resources to numerous civic and benevolent activities. He was a loving and caring husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. With his unconditional love, kindness, generosity, loyalty, commitment to family, community and country, he was definitely a member of "The Greatest Generation."
Mr. Sullins was preceded in death by his wife, Eva Heath Sullins, and his grandson, Robert Mathews Sullins, Jr.
Survivors include his children, Anne Sullins Westmoreland and her husband Aubrey of LaGrange, Ga.; Beth Sullins Hughes and her husband Robert of Macon, Ga.; Hubert Walker Sullins Jr. and his wife Annette of Alpharetta, Ga.; and Robert Mathews Sullins and his wife Karol of Griffin; grandchildren, John and Fiona Westmoreland of LaGrange, Ga., Steve and Amber Westmoreland of LaGrange, Ga., Robert Hughes of Savannah, Ga., Kelly Hughes of Macon, Ga., Ellenor Sullins , Walker Sullins of Alpharetta, Ga., Lauren Sullins Ralls and her husband Robin of Atlanta, Ga., and Jackson Sullins of Griffin; great-grandchildren, Mary Maddox Westmoreland , Grady Westmoreland, Hailey Westmoreland and Carter Westmoreland of LaGrange, Ga., Robert Ralls and Annabelle Ralls of Atlanta; his brothers, Donald Mathews Sullins and his wife Chickie of Clarkesville, Ga.; Dee Granville Sullins, Jr. and his wife JoAnne of McDonough, Ga.; and numerous nephew and nieces.
Special thanks to caregivers Teesa, Jane, Patty, Tweet, Wanda, Sabrina and Denise for their loving care.
Funeral services for Mr. Hubert Walker Sullins will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 11, 2013, at the First Presbyterian Church of Griffin. Burial will follow in the Old Section of Oak Hill Cemetery.
Friends may visit with the family on Thursday from 10 a.m. until the service hour at the church. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to First Presbyterian Church of Griffin or their favorite charity.
Haisten McCullough Funeral Home, 1155 Everee Inn Rd. is in charge of arrangements.