February 17, 1923 ~ September 26, 2008
Born in: Buncombe Co.,
Resided in: Asheville, NC
Jay Edwin Sorrells, 85, of 142 Fairview Avenue, Asheville, died on Friday, September 26, 2008, at the John F. Keever Hospice Solace Center. Born on February 17, 1923, in Buncombe Co., Mr. Sorrells was a son of the late Ernest Franklin and Jesse Miller Sorrells. He was also preceded in death by his oldest brother, Robert, of Winston-Salem, and his twin brother, Ray, of Asheville. Jay served for 5 years in the U.S. Navy during World War II, and saw action at the Battle of Okinawa. He retired his civilian life from McLean Trucking Co., in 1980. He was a member of Oakley United Methodist Church, and the Biltmore Masonic Lodge. Mr. Sorrells is survived by his wife of 61 years, Rowena; two sons, Don and wife Kerry, of Greenville, SC, and Clay and wife Monté, of Fairview; one daughter, Cindy Cornett and husband Gary, of Fairview; grandsons, John Sorrells, of Murfreesboro, TN, and Marcus Cornett, of Fairview; siblings, Eugene and wife Helen, of Atlanta, GA, Albert, of Arden, Morris and wife Katherine, of Fairview, Jack and wife Louise, of Asheville, Virginia Owensby, of Gerton, Maxine Chumney, of Auburndale, FL, and Betty Joyce Chapman, of Old Fort. A funeral service for Mr. Sorrells will be at 3:00 p.m. Sunday at Oakley United Methodist Church with the Revs. Russell Pierce and Gayle Brown officiating. Interment will follow at Gashes Creek Baptist Church Cemetery, with Masonic rites performed by the Biltmore Masonic Lodge. His family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church. The Biltmore Masonic Lodge will open at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to CarePartners Hospice, P.O. Box 25338, Asheville, NC 28813.