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Mr. Jimmy Sullivan, age 88, of Murray, Kentucky, passed away Saturday, February 19, 2022, at the Anna Mae Owen Residential Hospice House.
Mr. Sullivan was born on December 2, 1933, in Marshall County, Kentucky, to the late Edward Sullivan and Valeda Edwards Sullivan. Jimmy was a PGA Golf professional and founder of Sullivan's Par 3 Golf Course. He was an Army Veteran of the Korean War and was of Christian faith.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter in law, Kesha Sullivan, and several brothers and sisters.
Survivors include his wife, Jerlene Sullivan of Murray, Kentucky. They married on June 28, 1958, in Paducah, Kentucky; had two sons, Gary Sullivan and wife Jennifer of Versailles, Kentucky, and Lynn Sullivan of Murray, Kentucky; four grandchildren, Lynley Sanders and husband Scott of Cadiz, Kentucky, Hogan Sullivan of Murray, Kentucky, Caitlin Sullivan of Lawrence, California and Aidan Sullivan of Versailles, Kentucky; also, several nieces and nephews.
Jimmy started from humble beginnings and at age 8 he and his little brother Roy walked across the railroad tracks to the Paxton Park Golf Course in Paducah, KY to caddy. As a young man, Jimmy worked his way up in the golf business. He first worked in the golf shop at Paxton Park and later developed his skill set in golf course maintenance. His passion for the sport stayed with him for the rest of his life.
Jimmy met Mrs. Sullivan and their first date was on a lighted driving range in Paducah. Just 6 months later they were married. Together they created a lifelong love story and in June of this year they would have been married 64 years.
Jimmy then went to the Murray Country Club where he helped build the front nine golf holes. He later took over as Golf Professional and General Manager of Murray Country Club and designed/built the back nine there with the help of good friend. Jimmy remained in that position for 30 years before he and Jerlene built Sullivan's Par 3 Golf, Driving Range and Miniature Golf. The Sullivan's golf facility is the culmination of a lifetime of hard work. Jimmy spent over three decades managing their family business and even got to work alongside his beloved wife, son Lynn, and two of his grandchildren over the last 31 years.
Jimmy was a proud member of the Professional Golf Association for 62 years and until the months before his death worked diligently continuing to cultivate the land he loved so much. Jimmy had a knack for helping beginners develop a love for the game and could always be found giving "tips" to anyone that chose to play at his golf course.
A celebration of Jimmy's life will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, April 30, 2022, at the green on hole 10, on the Sullivans Par 3 Golf Course. Rev. Kerry Lambert will officiate, and the American Legion Post #73 will provide military honors.
Online condolences can be made at www.thejhchurchillfuneralhome.com