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9/19/2013 6:00:00 AM
'Family' rounding up funds for Kingman tire salesman's funeral
Steve Sullivan
Steve Sullivan

Kim Steele
Miner Staff Reporter

KINGMAN - Cathy Nolan never thought she'd be trying to raise money to bury one of her small company's employees.

But when Steve Sullivan Sr. died Sunday afternoon in a vehicle accident while driving one of All American Tire's trucks to Seligman, she knew she and her husband, Shelton, had to do what they could to help. Sullivan, 56, worked as a tire salesman and service representative for five years at the business located in the Shell station at 1182 W. Beale St.

They have set up an account at National Bank, 2605 E. Andy Devine Ave., and donations can be dropped off there or at All American Tire. For more information, call (928) 753-9206.

"He was like family to us," said Nolan. "He was the most positive, upbeat person and he always had a smile on his face. He would help anyone and would never say no. In fact, the night before he was killed, a friend needed a ride to the airport in Las Vegas for a red-eye flight and he drove. He didn't get much sleep."

That good deed may have contributed to Sullivan's death, said Nolan, noting he was responding to a service call and was 20 miles outside of Seligman when his truck went off the road and flipped end over end. Nolan said police aren't sure whether he fell asleep or had a heart attack and are awaiting an autopsy report.

Sullivan was injured several years ago when he was working on his vehicle at home and the transmission fell on him, trapping him for several hours until help arrived. Doctors didn't think Sullivan would walk again, said Nolan, but after a short time on a walker, he returned to work at the store.

Sullivan leaves behind a girlfriend, who is five months pregnant, and three grown sons.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Sunday, July 13, 2014
Article comment by: Rachel Jackson

Ur bdays almost here my friend. I remember your last birthday, u spent it with my kids & I at my hotel room . I miss u so much & I think of u daily, literally daily. Love u my friend

Posted: Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Article comment by: VERNA PENNINGTON

I knw ur in a better place now but ull never b forgotten u have helped me threw times I thought I would never survive threw & even though ur gone I believe u r still hear.whatchin over us we miss &luv u so much R.I.P. friend.

Posted: Sunday, September 29, 2013
Article comment by: Lloyd McGowan

Mr. Steve Sullivan : One in a million of god,s gift,s to society ! He was everything ! An example of what a man should strive to be kind honest humble alway,s polite courteous ! I,m a blessed and better person having been his friend . My deepest to all who cared and who recieved the the god given gift of knowing Steve . Ride The Wind Bro. I,ve been there , Oh so, Beautiful . See you soon ! BFFB Lloyd McGowan

Posted: Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Article comment by: Rachel Jackson

Steve, you are admired by many, loved by most, but missed by all. Steve was such a great man, there's nothing he wouldn't do to help someone out no matter who they were. I was 1 of his roommates for a couple months before he passed and he was more than kind to my children and I. This man will be in my heart forever. Rip Steve

Posted: Saturday, September 21, 2013
Article comment by: anonymous anonymous

I made sure in my last will and testament that I be cremated, a much cheaper funeral process, and leave more money to my sons!

Posted: Friday, September 20, 2013
Article comment by: Robert Wilcher

I Worked With him at All American Tire. He Was A Great guy to have as a Friend. My Condolences For Steves Girlfriend and sons.Although no words can really help to ease the loss you bear, just know that you are very close in every thought and prayer.”

Posted: Friday, September 20, 2013
Article comment by: Heath M.

Steve was a "Good Ol' Boy" like everyone at All American, I have been taking my vehicles to them for awhile and Steve would always take care of me and always was respectfull, he will be missed and my prayers go to his family.

Posted: Friday, September 20, 2013
Article comment by: Rick Beauchesne

My wife and I were returning home from Las Vegas with my sister and Her husband when we saw trouble ahead.. We were the first to stop to try to render help but it was clear there was not much we could do.. Suddenly a doctor and nurses appeared so we let them do their jobs and proceeded on our way. God bless him and his family.

Posted: Thursday, September 19, 2013
Article comment by: Jenell Mote

My heart is with the Sullivan family. Please let us know what the Green family can do to help.

Posted: Thursday, September 19, 2013
Article comment by: Cassandra Story

Steve was a fantastic, trusting man, and I will miss him completely. I'm sorry his family had to go through such tragedy, he did not deserve to be taken from them.

Posted: Thursday, September 19, 2013
Article comment by: Michael Van Vliet

Steve was a good person always took good care of me.

Shelton and Cathy good people also and I am sure they will do what they can

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