Obituary of Warren Sullivan
Warren Ware "Tutt" Sullivan, Jr., age 73, of Tunica, MS, passed away Tuesday, May 1, 2018 at Methodist University Hospital in the presence of his wife and sons. Visitation will be Friday May 4, 2018 from 1:00-2:30pm at the McLean Sullivan home at 1230 Hickory Street in Tunica, MS. Services are Friday May 4, 2018 at 3:00pm at the First Presbyterian Church in Tunica, MS. Memorial Funeral Home in Tunica, MS is handling the arrangements.
Tutt was born on December 24, 1944, in Memphis, TN. He was the son of Charlyne McLean and Warren Ware Sullivan. Sadly, Tutt's father passed away in World War II prior to his birth and he was raised by his mother and loving stepfather, Richard Watson. Tutt has 2 sisters, Marianne Pepper and Vivian Watson and one brother, Harvey Watson. Tutt met the love of his life, Jane Abbay, in high school and they were married on June 4, 1966. Tutt and Jane have 3 sons; Warren Ware Sullivan III, Robert McLean Sullivan, and Richard Irwin Sullivan.
Tutt loved God, family, and farming. From an early age, he exhibited a love of farming that continued up until the end of his life. He loved to "ride the farm" just to see how the crops were doing. Even in sickness, Tutt loved to hear a morning and evening farming update. Tutt never worried about his crops, because his faith in God assured him that God would meet all his needs. His greatest love in farming was for the cotton crop. This led him to being a member of the Staplcotn Board and the Cotton Incorporated Board of which he was as a 17 year member. Through these boards, he met many friends who had the same love for farming. Farming also led Tutt to his other hobby, toy tractor collecting. Tutt began a toy tractor collection as a small boy and that collection continued throughout his life. His hobby allowed him to meet people all over the country and some have remained dear friends. At one time, his toy tractor collection had the reputation for being one of the largest toy tractor collections in the state of Mississippi. His face would light up when he had the opportunity to share his collection with young children and tell them all about each tractor.
Living most of his life in Tunica, Tutt was an ardent supporter of both the town and county. He was a Rotarian, Town of Tunica Alderman, and served as chairman of the Convention and Visitors Bureau. He also served the local private school as both board member and president. He was a founding member of the Mean Green Pulling Team whose annual tractor pull at Battle Arena raises thousands of dollars for St. Jude each year. Tutt was a long time member of the Tunica Presbyterian Church. Tutt always had a smile on his face and a story to tell. His easy nature and fun loving spirit were admired and appreciated by everyone that he knew.
Tutt is survived by his wife, Jane, and sons Ware (Sally) of Oxford, MS; McLean (Bess) of Tunica, MS; and Irwin (Brandy) of Southaven, MS. He also leaves behind 5 grandchildren; Mary Victoria Sullivan, Hope Sullivan, Mac Sullivan, Kate Preston Sullivan, and Elise Sullivan.
The family requests that memorials made in Tutt's name be given to Tunica Presbyterian Church, P.O. 1095, Tunica, MS 38676 or Tunica Academy, P. O. Box 966, Tunica, MS 38676.