Berkeley man cared for community

Darr Fred Sullivan

Whenever Elaine Morgan saw Darr Fred Sullivan, he smiled.

And that smile always would be followed by some kind words, says Morgan, CEO of the Berkeley Chamber of Commerce. Seeing Sullivan always left her with a good feeling.

“He loved his town, his family his community, he loved his nation,” Morgan says. “He was a very dedicated man.” Sullivan, who was born Nov. 17, 1918 in McClellanville, died April 13 in Wilmington. At 79, he started serving one term on the Moncks Corner Town Council (1997-2001).

Sullivan, who was the widower of Mary Ursule Zeigler Sullivan, worked with Berkeley Electric Co-op before then. He began there as an apprentice lineman in 1946 and retired as manager of operations and engineering in 1981.

Before going to work for the electric co-op, Sullivan served in the Navy and was sent to Japan as an electrician's mate on the Gleaves, a ship that was part of the flotilla to invade Japan.

As it turned out, the dropping of two atomic bombs on that country and its surrender meant he was part of the crew that surveyed the devastation.

“The men brought up during World War I and World War II had that love of nation,” Morgan says. “They felt that commitment for making things better for the next generation. I saw that in Mr. Darr.

“He was always working for the betterment of somebody else. He was always talking about how something was going to be good for the town. 'The town is going to do this, isn't that going to be wonderful? Can you envision this?' He would bring you in. It was a great feeling. I worked for the town back then.”

Johnny Ward, part-owner of WW Truck and Tractor in Moncks Corner, says he and Sullivan both attended the First Baptist Church of Moncks Corner for more than 30 years. Ward sometimes ate lunch with Sullivan at a nearby Chinese restaurant after Sunday services.

Like Morgan, Ward found Sullivan to be a friendly person who cared very much about what was happening in his community, he says.

“I don't know any one thing that he cared about more than others,” Ward says. “He was on Town Council and he was always for moving the community forward. I think he cared a lot about politics, whether it was good or bad. He wanted everything to be good, but he talked about it whether it was good or not.

“He was just a straight-up person,” Ward says.

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