(1928 – 2020)
Mattie B. Sullen was employed by the Alabama Cooperative Extension System as the Nutrition Program Assistant in Macon County for 25 years. Young people looked forward to her coming into their homes to demonstrate different recipes. They knew they would soon be eating something good and nutritious.
She introduced her daughters-in-law to Watergate Salad. It continues to be a family favorite. Recipes are shared with family and friends.
She was active within the community regularly visiting sick neighbors and church members. She enjoyed riding her friends around to visit others. She was active in making quilts at the Prairie Farms Senior Center. She loved cooking and baking, especially the “30-Day Cake.”
She was a member of the Order of Eastern Star Hardaway Pride Chapter 608.
She was a member of Damascus Missionary Baptist Church in Hardaway, AL. She was active in the senior choir at church, the Matron’s Board, and the Missionary Board. She enjoyed church fellowship and community involvement.
Mattie B. Sullen was married for 38 years to William Sullen until his death.
Surviving sons and daughters are James Sullen (Josiephene), Christine Sullen Ligon (James), Leon Sullen (Sharon), Lennon Sullen (Janet), Cornell Sullen, Emma Sullen Hines, John Frank Sullen (Brelinda), Melvin Sullen (Sheila), and Perry Sullen.
Surviving step-children are Annie Ruth Sharperson, Barbara Jean Reese (Charles), Johnny Sullen (Gloria), and Alonza Barnett (Sophia).
She is also remembered by her sister, Clara B. Thompson, brothers-in-law Willie Lane (Catherine) and Jimmie Lane (Ruthie), as well as a host of loving grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins.
The Alpha Pi Chapter of Epsilon Sigma Phi honors and remembers Mattie B. Sullen by placing her name on the dedicatory plaque of the ACES Memorial Chapel.
Chapel Plaque Inscription Number: 644