Carolyn P. “Tootsie” Sullivan, age 67 of Puryear, TN, died Thursday, June 20, 2019, at Jackson-Madison County General Hospital in Jackson, TN.
Carolyn was born August 29, 1951, in Memphis, TN, to Allen Odell Strickland and Gracie Ivey Strickland.
She worked for the state of Tennessee as a geologist and retired in 2015. Carolyn was an adventurer who explored many states during her lifetime. Her favorite states were Alaska where she enjoyed gold-panning, and Nevada for the opal-mining. Her hobbies included fishing, painting, and gardening. She was a member of Puryear Baptist Church.
She is survived by four children, Toni (Alex) Sopel of Moon Township, PA, Summer Sullivan of Puryear, TN, Autumn (Jordan) Smith of Martin, TN, and Sladen Sullivan of Puryear, TN; one sister, Beverly Ridgewell of Dade City, FL; eight grandchildren, Alexander Campbell, Alora Campbell, Riley Smith, Lucas Smith, Kennix Smith, Sophia Sopel, Shane Sopel, and Natalia Sopel; and four great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Allen and Gracie; one daughter, Brandy Ann Sullivan; and one brother, David Strickland.
Arrangements are being handled by Ridgeway Funeral Home, 201 Dunlap St, Paris, TN. Visitation will be Saturday, June 22, 2019, from 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm at Ridgeway Funeral Home, with the funeral service beginning at 5:00 pm at LeDon Chapel of Ridgeway Funeral Home, with Scotty Sorrells officiating.