Former MRN GM Passes Away

Timothy Joseph Sullivan III, 83, of Ormond Beach, Fla. (formerly of Richmond, VA), passed away February 24, 2008, at 2:06 p.m., at Halifax Hospital, Daytona Beach, Fla.

The former General Manager of Motor Racing Network held several other positions in racing after serving his country in Iwo Jima during World War II.

Mr. Sullivan had struggled the last four months to get over pneumonia and other pre-existing conditions. He suffered cardiac arrest on February 22 at 2 a.m., and wasn’t able to recover.

A loving husband, brother, father and grandfather, he leaves behind his devoted wife of 14 years, Betty Coulter Sullivan; sons Timothy Michael Sullivan, Cornelius, N.C., and Patrick Kelly Sullivan, Daytona Beach, Fla.; step-sons W. Jay Coulter III, Simpsonville, S.C., and Joseph Douglas Coulter, Richmond, Va.; sister Rachel Robinson, Richmond, Va.; two grandsons, William Patrick and Jacob Riley; and granddaughters Madison Owens, Ashley Douglas and Morgan Stewart, in addition to numerous nieces and nephews in Virginia. He was preceded in death by his first wife of 20 years, Marilyn Kelly Sullivan, and his parents, Timothy Joseph Sullivan II and Marie Cottrell Sullivan.

Mr. Sullivan was born in Richmond, VA, on January 20, 1925, and served in the U.S. Navy aboard LCI (Landing Craft Infantry) 474, receiving the Presidential Unit Citation for extraordinary heroism during action at Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands, February 17, 1945. Upon discharge from the Navy, Mr. Sullivan returned to the Richmond area, where he embarked on a lifelong career in the motorsports industry.

Initially serving in numerous capacities at both Southside Speedway and Richmond International Raceway, Mr. Sullivan’s career also included serving as a Founder and Director of Racing at the now defunct West Virginia Speedway, Director of Auto Racing Telecasts for Teleprompter Broadcasting, General Manager of Motor Racing Network (MRN), Director of Auto Racing (NASCAR Division) for Valvoline Oil Company, Public Relations Director of Special Projects for Daytona Beach Community College (DBCC), Founder of the Richard Petty Fund for Automotive Education (DBCC), Founder of the National Conference for Automotive Technology (DBCC). During his retirement, he served as President of Motor Racing Heritage, and as a member of The Auto Racing Legends (ARL), where he recently received the honor of ARL Honor of Legend Emeritus. He was also a member of the Living Legends of Auto Racing. Mr. Sullivan was recently honored by the Eastern Motorsports Press Association (EMPA) with its Hall of Fame Award for his public relations work in the motorsports industry.

The viewing will be Wednesday, February 27, from 2-4 p.m., at Lohman Funeral Home, 733 W. Granada Blvd., Ormond Beach. FL 32174 (386-673-1100). The funeral is set to be on Thursday, February 28, at 10 a.m. at Prince of Peace Catholic Church in Ormond Beach.

The family will receive friends on Wednesday, February 27, 2008, from 2-4 p.m. at Lohman Funeral Home. Funeral Services will be at Prince of Peace Catholic Church, Ormond Beach, on Thursday, February 28, 2008, at 10 a.m., with Father Richard Grasso officiating. Burial will follow the service at Volusia Memorial Park, Ormond Beach.

Condolences may be shared with the family online beginning Tuesday, February, 26, at www.lohmanfuneralhomes.com.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in his name to Victory Junction Gang Camp (www.victoryjunction.org) or Speediatrics (Halifax Hospital-Daytona Beach).

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