Sullins, Ferman Neal Ferman Neal Sullins passed away on May 7, 2013 at C.C. Young Hospice Center in Dallas, Texas. He was born July 10, 1922 in Justin, Texas to Jim B. and Dalphia Sawyer Sullins. Ferman grew up in Hill Co. and Rockwall Co. and joined the U.S. Army in 1940 serving until 1945. During World War II he was a member of the 1st Battalion, 9th IR, 2nd Infantry Division as a combat medic participating in the D-Day landing on Omaha Beach and subsequent campaigns in France and Belgium. Wounded in action in October 1944, he returned to the United States whereupon he received a Bronze Star with Cluster and a Purple Heart with Cluster for combat duty. In June 1994, the 50th anniversary of the Normandy invasion, Ferman was presented a Medaille du Jubile by the French Consulate on behalf of the French government to recognize his involvement in helping free Occupied France. Ferman married his childhood sweetheart, Walderine Burkard on December 21, 1944 in Dallas, Texas. They were happily married for 61 years. Walderine passed away January 23, 2006. In 1945, Ferman began a career of 42 years with the Veterans Hospital in Dallas, Texas. During this time, he served as President of Local 2437 of the AFGE, as well as a Regional and National Representative of the AFGE and AFL-CIO. Upon retirement from government service, Ferman continued his service to his fellow Veterans through the DAV and served as President of Buddies Chapter 11, Dallas, TX. Ferman and Walderine were founding members of St. Phillip's Catholic Church in Dallas. Ferman enjoyed coaching Youth Baseball and Football through the Southeast YMCA, Pop Warner Football, and Catholic Grade School Association. Ferman was also active as an adult leader in the Boy Scouts of America. In 1991, Ferman and Walderine moved to Rowlett, TX and were members of Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Ferman is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law: Dienna and Stan Poll of Dallas, Sandra and Charles Conley of Lancaster; one son: Joey Sullins of Santa Rosa, CA; 8 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. A Requiem Mass will be held 1:00pm Friday, May 10, 2013 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, followed by interment in Sacred Heart Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday at Rest Haven Funeral Home-Rowlett Chapel from 6:00 to 8:00pm with a Rosary at 7. Memorials may be made to Disabled American Veterans www.dav.org.
Published in Dallas Morning News on May 9, 2013