Donald P. Sullivan, 50, correctional officer, singer

February 21, 2004

Donald P. Sullivan, a city correctional officer and a well-known featured tenor soloist who sang with many local choirs, died of a heart attack Monday at his West Baltimore home. He was 50.

Mr. Sullivan was born and raised on Belvieu Avenue and was a 1972 graduate of Northwestern High School. He served in the Navy from 1972 to 1975.

In 1984, he earned a bachelor's degree in music education from Morgan State University, where he sang with the school's choir.

Mr. Sullivan started singing as a child at Whitestone Baptist Church, where he was a member of the sanctuary choir and junior male chorus. While in high school, he sang with the school's Advanced Chorus that won the All-State Choir Championship in 1970, 1971 and 1972.

He later established The Dynamics, a gospel quartet that sang with Anointed Ministries International and recorded with Christ Centered Records, family members said.

Mr. Sullivan, who attained the rank of sergeant as a city correctional officer, also sang in productions at the Arena Players and Encore Players. He also appeared on WMAR's Spread A Little Sunshine and other inspirational television shows.

He was a member, associate minister and featured soloist at New Psalmist Baptist Church, 4501 1/2 Old Frederick Road, where services will be held at 10 a.m. today.

Mr. Sullivan is survived by his wife of 12 years, the former Jill Eubanks; a son, Tavon Sullivan; two daughters, Shannon Sullivan and Shelby Sullivan; his mother, Edna Lark; a brother, Robert Sullivan; and three sisters, Edna Heath, Lucille Jones and Elaine Walls. All are of Baltimore.

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