Born on August 31, 1931 in Mayo, Florida to the late G.W. and Mattie Sullivan. He grew up and graduated from Branford High School in 1950, where he lettered in baseball and basketball. He married his best friend and the love of his life Esther Sanders in 1956. After graduation, he earned a fair living by driving his refrigerated truck cross country and later grading livestock at the Suwannee County Livestock Market. He decided to join his friend Paul Byrd in the real estate business, making his first sale in 1960. He continued in the business by earning his Realtor license and had several associates work on his team. Through the years, he successfully assisted hundreds of families buy land and homes in Suwannee and the surrounding counties. In 1992 and 2001 he was awarded the Realtor of the Year by the Lake City Board of Realtors. This association also presented him with their first Realtor Emeritus award in 2005, acknowledging his forty-five years of outstanding real estate service.

He loved the Lord as his personal Savior and was an active member of First Baptist Church of Live Oak since 1968. At church he sang in the choir, ministered as a deacon, served as Sunday School Director and Brotherhood President, and helped wherever needed. He lovingly assisted the Youth Group from 1970 - 1980, serving as Director, bus driver, chaperone, jokester, storyteller, meal provider and problem solver. One of his many joys of the week was attending his Sunday School class led by Jimmy McCullers.

He was a living example of as the Bible calls it, a cheerful giver. He gave to his church, his town, his neighbors through the years, most often without wanting any recognition. He often said, "it does not matter how much money you make, but it does matter how you spend it". He enjoyed giving his time to cook for a multitude of groups and events, especially the Sportsman Club in Branford. He loved children and he took many under his wing during his life. Whether it was to lend an ear to a youth who needed someone to listen or to give a fishing pole to a young child, he did not miss an opportunity to give.

He loved his family dearly and we were blessed to have him as our faithful, strong leader. He was a grateful servant, frequently telling us how much the Lord had blessed him and our family. He excelled at almost everything he tried, he made sure his daughters knew how to change a tire before we could drive, he made numerous sacrifices to give us opportunities and worked harder after supper than most men worked all day.

This gentle, wonderful man has left a loving legacy and will be supremely missed by his wife, Esther, his three daughters, LuWanna Ratliff (Bob) of Jacksonville, Florida, Anita Summers (Russ) of Live Oak, Florida and Denna Scott of Helena, Alabama; grandchildren Sara (Matt), Ginger (Chad), Ashley (Brian), Paige (Adam), Lindsey (Shane) and Kristin; great-grandchildren, Camden, Nathan, Carson, Emerson, Jordan, Noah, Easton, Willa Caite, Caden, Gaines and Madden; brothers Ferrell Sullivan (Jean) of Branford; Alan Sullivan (Melanie) of Branford; a sister Kathy Wollard of Branford and a host of relatives.

The service will be held at First Baptist Church on Wednesday, October 16, 2019 at 11:30 am, with visitation at the church from 9:30 am to 11:30 am. The Lord called him home peacefully on October 13, 2019 in Live Oak.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to First Baptist Church, 401 West Howard Street, Live Oak, FL 32064 or Haven Hospice, 6037 West US Highway 90, Lake City, FL 32055.

Please sign the guestbook at www.danielsfuneralhome.com.
Daniels Funeral Homes & Crematory, Inc., Live Oak & Branford, FL in charge of arrangements.
Published on October 23, 2019


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Lillian Atkins
Nov 05, 2019
This man always had a story to tell you, a smile on his face and a heart of gold
Gail Currie
Oct 23, 2019
Dear Esther, I have such fond memories of Toby and the good times we all had as kids around Branford. So very happy that you two had a long and happy time together. God bless you & yours always. Gail