Carnesville, Franklin County lose two iconic figures

Within just a few short hours, the City of Carnesville and all of Franklin County lost two icons who devoted their lives to makiing the county a better place.

Dr. Robert Franklin “Bob” Sullivan, Sr. and died on July 9 at the Veranda in Carnesville, and Franklin County educator Ed Bryant passed away on July 10, just a few hours later.

Services for Dr. Sullivan will be Saturday morning at 11 a.m. at Carnesville Methodist Church with the Rev. Bob Claytor presiding. Interment will be at Franklin Memorial Gardens.

Services for Bryant will be 3 p.m. on Saturday at Cross Roads Baptist Church.

His visitation will be Friday evening at the funeral home from 6-9 p.m.

Ginn Funeral Home in Carnesville is in charge of arrangements for both men.

Both men served their country in the military. Dr. Sullivan served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War and Mr. Bryant served in the U.S. Army.

Carnesville Mayor Harris Little talked about the two men he had known all of his life.

Dr. Sullivan and Mr. Bryant were both icons of this community and touched a lot of lives and affected a lot of lives in this community in different ways. I’ve known both all my life, obviously, and they were both great friends of my father,” said Little.

When you think about people who grew up in Franklin County, and go off to school, and sometimes never come back. These were two men who grew up here, got an education elsewhere, and came back and served their community,” said Little.

Dr. Sullivan was the main doctor here in Carnesville for years and years. He delivered me. Dr. Sullivan was a great man here and a lot of people just loved him. If he wasn’t in the office and you were sick, you could go to his house. You know, it was just a different time, but he was a great doctor and a great fellow,” said Little.

Ed Bryant was a teacher and principal and superintendent of the schools and made a great contribution to the education to lots of children all through his life. He was… he was just a great man,” said Little.

His legacy continues. He created a foundation which I happen to be president of. His intent was to help elementary school teachers pay for supplies that they would buy on their own that wouldn’t be provided by the school system. We’ve done that. This will be the fourth year. He made a very generous donation to create an endowment for that purpose,” said Little.

Little concluded by saying they would both be missed greatly and that Carnesville has lost two of the great ones.

Both men will be remembered for their contributions to Carnesville and Franklin County.