BIOGRAPHIES of HENDERSON COUNTY

BERNICE (CONGER) SULLIVAN

At 93 years of age, Bernice Sullivan is still a beautiful, vibrant lady with a wonderful family of three children, eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. She is loved and cheerished by all of this group, and is now, and has always been, a role model for this family.

She is the former Bernice Conger, the only daughter of James Robert and Lona (McDaniel) Conger. She was born July 23, 1905 and has spent her life here. Her parents came here from Kentucky and upon coming to Lexington, her father worked in a supervisory capacity with N.C. & St. L. Railway in Lexington, Wildersville and Memphis.

Bernice grew up surrounded by family and friends. Her brothers, Robert Mason, Hubert and Leon gave her a lot of attention as she was the only girl in the family. Both Robert and Hubert became doctors, while Leon worked with the Railway. All three are now deceased. Her beautiful mother gave Bernice every advantage possible, giving her piano lessons through her school years.

I have known Bernice since the first year I lived in Lexington. I was invited to a Sunday school party at Lucille Moore's that summer. Bernice was there with her two adorable little girls, Connie Lou and Bobbie. She was so lovely, calm and serene. After graduating from Lexington High School as valedictorian, Bernice attended West Tennessee Business College, and later taught school at Scotts Hill. In the 50's she began a later career, working with her brother, Dr. Pete Conger at Conger Clinic, the first hospital in Lexington.

Bernice married Connie C. Sullivan, the son of John L. and Avie E. Sullivan. Mr. Sullivan was a successful businessman and one time County Court Clerk, also postmaaster. Connie was a lifetime postal employee and rural letter carrier. After retirement, he became a successful insurance agent and part owner of Sullivan-Holmes Insurance Agency, and Lexington Real Estate Agency. Bernice and Connie had three children, Connie, Robbie and John.

Connie Lou attended Murray State University , worked for 17 years at Conger Clinic and became Owner-agent in 1967 of Sullivan and Holmes Insurance and Lexington Real Estate. She marrie Ollie D. Holmes in 1946. Lona is the broker/owner of Southern Classic Realty/Better Homes and Gardens on Church Street. Robbie Jean married James William Harris of Nashville where they both attended Vandeerbilt University. Robbie is a graduate of Stephens College, Columbia MO and Vanderbilt.

Dr. John Hugh Sullivan is married to Pam Johnson, daughter of Mr.a nd Mrs. Clifford Johnson. He has four children. John graduated from J.T. Dental School in Memphis and has had his own practice in Lexington for 29 years.

Bernice and Connie worked hard to prepare their children for successful lives. They wee always there to guide and help in any way they were needed. It was the motehr who looked after the children's bruises, scratches and sprained ankles. Very few people live to be nearly 94 years with good health both physically and spiritually. Bernice has been a Christian since she was a very young girl and has taught in Sunday school and filled various positions in her church for over 65 years. She grew up in the First Baptist Church and is the oldest living person who has been in First Baptist since she was born. -- last of article is missing.

Lexington Progress / Interesting Persons by Doris Jarrett May 5, 1999

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