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Alta Whaley Sullivan

Charleston, South Carolina

Jun 18, 1937 – Aug 29, 2019 (Age 82)


James A. McAlister Funerals & Cremation Obituary

Alta Whaley Sullivan died in her home on August 29, 2019, from complications of Alzheimer's.

The relatives and friends of Mr. and Mrs. John P.  Sullivan III are invited to attend her Funeral Service at 11:00 AM, Tuesday, September 3, 2019, at the graveside, Holy Cross Cemetery.  The family will receive friends between 4:00 and 6:00 PM Monday afternoon at the James A. McAlister Funeral Home, 1620 Savannah Hwy.  The reception following the service has been cancelled due to hurricane evacuation.  

Alta was born in 1937 in Crawfordville, FL daughter of the late Garland C. and Esther B. Whaley. She attended Crawfordville Elementary School and graduated from St. Andrew's High School Class of 1955. In 1958 she received her RN degree from St. Francis School of Nursing. Alta received her CRNA in 1967 after graduating from the first class of MUSC School of Nurse Anesthetist under the direction of John E. Mahaffey, MD. She worked in the Anesthesia Department at Charleston County Memorial Hospital and retired in 1997 after 30 years of faithful service. Alta was a member of Holy Spirit Catholic Church.

She is survived by her husband, John P. Sullivan III of 61 years and three sons: Kyle P. Sullivan, M. Kerry Sullivan and Kenneth W. Sullivan (Celina Sullivan) and two grand-daughters, Leanne M. Sullivan and Nicole T. Sullivan all of Charleston.

The family would like to extend its thanks and gratitude to Maria Campbell. Her love and support over the last year are forever endeared in our hearts. We would also like to thank the wonderful team at St. Francis Hospice.

In lieu of flowers please consider donations to the Charleston Ronald McDonald House, 81 Gadsden St, Charleston, SC 29401 or to a  charity of your choice. 


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Diane and I are sorry to hear about Alta, sorry we couldn't make it.

Surely will miss sweet Alta. She was a friend, mom, and a great client but most of all a very special person to me and my family. Praying for healing for all the Sullivan family.

Linda and I send our condolences to the Sullivan family for the passing of Alta. We will continue to keep the family in our thoughts and prayers.

Thinking of you and your family during this time. I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers.

Jack, I am so sorry for your loss. You and your Family will be in my thoughts and prayers. God bless you all.

So sad to here of her passing. I know she was a sweet lady. Thoughts and Prayers to the family.

Sorry for the loss of your loved one. May God of life gives you the comfort and peace you need in these difficult times. Acts 17:24,25. BCO

A very Lovely and kind Lady, now rest in The Arms of Her GOD ..... RIP Alta

Rooka & Celina & family, I am so sorry for your loss. You are in my prayers. Eternal rest grant unto her and may perpetual light shine upon her. Love you both