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David Sorrell
David Sorrell

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.



  1. Suzanne Wilkerson Callahan
    April 3, 2014 @ 2:53 pm

    All of my sympathies and love to Geneva and family in the loss of David. He was a fine man, a pillar of the community, a wonderful husband and uncle. I know he will be missed by many not only in the family, but also in the community. Myrtle is slowly losing at the “great ones”, but we know that they have gone to a much better place.

    Much love,



  2. Corita Rogers
    April 3, 2014 @ 3:00 pm

    Geneva, your in our thoughts and prayers. Praying God will give you comfort at this time. Love you!


  3. Judy Miller
    April 3, 2014 @ 3:09 pm

    Aunt Geneva ,
    My THOUGHTS and PRAYERS are with you!!
    U. David reminded me of my dad so much !!
    Never realized it until daddy’s funeral.
    Not in actions but, in looks ect.
    He will be missed dearly!!
    Love you all!!!
    Praying JESUS will give you PEACE and COMFORT!!


  4. Teresa Strickland
    April 3, 2014 @ 6:03 pm

    Love and prayers to you all.


  5. Carolyn Deaton Stephens
    April 4, 2014 @ 9:35 pm

    Dear Geneva,
    It saddens me to hear of David’s passing. He was a fine person.
    Growing up as a child, and as a next door neighbor to his Mother Lilly and Father Finis was one of the blessings of my youth. I grew to love all of the Sorrell family and had the deepest respect for them. Although I can not be at the services for David, I want you all to know how much you meant to me and all the Deaton family.
    My prayers and deepest sympathy are with you at this time and always,
    Carolyn Deaton Stephens


  6. Leon Sorrell
    April 5, 2014 @ 6:36 am

    I send my love and may God give you comfort. May the Lord give you strength Geneva. and to rest of the family. I cherish all the memories.


  7. Dennis Sorrell
    April 5, 2014 @ 8:31 pm

    Thanks for posting. Sorry I can’t be their for the funeral, I’m on my way to Seattle. I send my love & prayers. God bless you all.


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