David Elijah Sorrell was born the son of Finis Elijah Sorrell and Lillie (Risner) Sorrell on November 30, 1921 at Myrtle, Missouri, and departed this life April 3, 2014 in West Plains, Missouri, at the age of 92 years.
He was united in marriage on September 6, 1944 at Pocahontas, Arkansas, to Geneva Clark.
He is survived by his wife, Geneva Sorrell of the home in Myrtle, Missouri; one brother, Robert Gene Sorrell and wife, Mary Lou of Myrtle, Missouri; two sisters, Louise Sorrell of Thayer, Missouri, and Mable Jo Gardner of Springfield, Missouri; a host of nieces and nephews, other relatives and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Finis and Lillie Sorrell; one brother, Dow Sorrell; one sister-in-law, Jean Sorrell; and one brother-in-law, Sam Gardner.
After graduating from Couch High School with the class of 1941, David proudly served his country in the United States Army in World War II. He was a charter member of the National World War II Museum and Monument. In 2012, he was honored and privileged to be a member of the Honors Flight to Washington, DC.
David’s love for Geneva grew and while on furlough from the army, they were married. Upon his discharge, David and Geneva began their lives together on the farm he had purchased from his grandfather. David was a successful livestock farmer and known as a good steward of his land and possessions. He practiced conservation in land management and production of his farm and strived to develop habitats for wildlife protection.
David was an avid outdoorsman. He enjoyed hunting quail, pheasant, and turkey; pitching horseshoes, and was a competitive domino and croquet player.
David, along with Geneva, was very active in their community. They supported many local events and organizations, including Myrtle Senior Citizens Center, Couch School, Myrtle Fire Department, and Myrtle Yesterdaze.
He was a dedicated Christian, a man of integrity, and a faithful member of the Myrtle Free Will Baptist Church where he served as a Trustee.
Even though he and Geneva had no children, many of their family members have received love and attention as they feel a strong family unit is most important to one’s happiness and stability, demonstrated more completely through Christian love and fellowship.
He was a devoted husband, brother and uncle, and a loyal friend. He will truly be missed by his family, friends, and the community in which he lived.
Funeral Services will be Sunday, April 6, 2014 at 2:00 PM at the Myrtle Free Will Baptist Church in Myrtle, Missouri with Brother Ralph Douglas and Brother Dale Skiles officiating.
The family will receive friends at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer on Saturday, April 5th from 5:00 until 7:00 PM.
Burial will be in the Myrtle Cemetery in Myrtle, Missouri, with services under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc. in Thayer.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his memory, to Gideons International, the Myrtle Cemetery or the charity of your choice and may be left at the Funeral Home in Thayer.