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“Bob and Lynn,Ann was so very special to so many people. For me she was a mentor and a most special friend. I visited her 5 years ago in Fuquay, but...Read More »
1 of 21 | Posted by: Talmage Allen Dobbins - VA

“Dear Bob, I was so sorry to read of your mother's passing. I remember many fun times shared by our two families (with Hickman and Archie in tow). ...Read More »
2 of 21 | Posted by: John McAllister - Durham, NC

“Ann and I taught together in Mooresville and shared a room . Ann was an attendant in my wedding in 1951. When we lived together in Mooresville,...Read More »
3 of 21 | Posted by: Mary Ann Cathey - Charlotte, NC

“My prayers and thoughts are with all of you; Ann was so witty and warm; I know you'll cherish all of these memories. I remember visiting her in...Read More »
4 of 21 | Posted by: Margaret St. John

“I know your mother holds a special place in your heart. I pray God will fill that space with an abundance of His grace and love. Sue Lynn ”
5 of 21 | Posted by: Sue Lynn Ledford - Raleigh, NC

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6 of 21 | Posted by: Betsy O'Reilly - Winchester, VA

Powell family “Lots of wonderful memories about your mom, Bob! I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Ann used to come by to visit mama when she was sick and talk and...Read More »
7 of 21 | Posted by: Leigh Menditto - Mechanicsville, VA

“Ms. Sorrels was my seventh grade teacher when I was 1963-1964. I thought she was the most special person in the world. That was a...Read More »
8 of 21 | Posted by: Don Brantley - Durham, NC

“My deepest sympathy to Betsy and all the family. know she is in a better place with no pain or suffering. ”
9 of 21 | Posted by: Wayne Lappe - Tyaskin, MD

“Dear Bob, Lynne, John and Helen Carole, (Unlike Ann) words escape me now and I don't exactly know what to say; but you know what is in my heart. ...Read More »
10 of 21 | Posted by: Elizabeth H OReilly - Winchester, VA

“Bob,I was deeply saddened to hear of the death of your mother. May you take comfort in knowing that she is experiencing a joyous reunion with her...Read More »
11 of 21 | Posted by: Beth Suitt - Durham, NC

“So sorry to hear that your Mom passed away, Bob. It was great to see you this past weekend at the State ball game, where we talked about your mother...Read More »
12 of 21 | Posted by: Randy Royal - Chesapeake, VA

“I send my deepest sympathy and heartfelt prayers to Bob, Lynne and the entire family. I pray that God provides you with comfort in the days ahead. ”
13 of 21 | Posted by: Ray Holt - Apex, NC

“Ann Thompson was an outstanding teacher. When she first finished college she came to Mooresville High School in Mooresville, NC, where I was a young...Read More »
14 of 21 | Posted by: Donald Morrow - Raleigh, NC

“To: All of Ann's Friends and FamilyUntil just a few years ago I'd lost contact with Ann when planning our Goldsboro High School Reunions. When I...Read More »
15 of 21 | Posted by: Graves Lewis - Lake Waccamaw, NC

“I remember Mrs. Sorrels as being very pretty,very sweet and friendly and caring so very much for the students at Durham High School. She made going...Read More »
16 of 21 | Posted by: Yvonne Pittman Wilson - NC

“I shall always remember Mrs. Sorrels as a lively vital source of inspiration. She not only was lovely but she had a gift to reach the young hearts...Read More »
17 of 21 | Posted by: Rev. Marriott Churchill - ME

“My heart of full of sweet and funny memories of the Parker family being so privileged to live next door to the Thompsons in Goldsboro. Ann was so...Read More »
18 of 21 | Posted by: Becky Parker Shue - Raleigh, NC

“Dear Bob, Your mother taught me English in the 11th grade at Durham High School in 1954-55. Not only did she teach me English, she taught me...Read More »
19 of 21 | Posted by: Gwen Dickerson Infantino - Durham, NC

“Ann was my mother's best friend growing up in Goldsboro. Sadly, my siblings and I lost touch with her after our mother died in 1971. My mother was...Read More »
20 of 21 | Posted by: Ginny Witherington Tarleton - NC

“Bob & family ~ I was deeply saddened to learn of your mother's passing. I hope the excellent, loving care you gave to her will bring comfort to you...Read More »
21 of 21 | Posted by: Jane Martin - Raleigh, NC

Ann Sorrels passed away peacefully on February 5, 2013. She was born March 14, 1927, in Goldsboro, North Carolina, the daughter of the late John and Lilla Mae Dawson Thompson. She was preceded in death by her husband, Clyde Charles Sorrels. She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Bob and Lynne Sorrels of Fuquay-Varina; granddaughters Chelsea and Mackenzie Sorrels of Raleigh and Fuquay-Varina respectively; brother John Thompson (Helen Carole) of Goldsboro; sisters Mae Henry (John) of Rocky Mount, and Katherine Thompson of Goldsboro; and brothers-in-law John Nicholson (sister Dawson-deceased) of Spartanburg. S.C. and Bill Sorrels, Sr. (sister-in –Law Elinor-deceased) of Wadesboro.

Ann lived in Durham for many years where she taught in the city and county schools. She retired to Goldsboro where she resided until she moved to Windsor Point Retirement Community in Fuquay-Varina in1998.

She was a member of St. Paul United Methodist Church in Goldsboro and an associate member of Fuquay-Varina United Methodist. She also was a member of the International Order of Kings Daughters and Alpha Delta Kappa Teachers Sorority.

Visitation with the family will be held at Fuquay-Varina United Methodist Church on Saturday, February 9, at 10:00 AM followed by a Celebration of Life Memorial service at 11:00 AM at Fuquay-Varina United Methodist Church. Burial services will be at Willowdale Cemetery in Goldsboro on Saturday, February 9, at 3:00 PM followed by a visitation at St. Paul United Methodist in Goldsboro at 4:00 PM.

Memorials may be made to: St. Paul United Methodist Church, 204 E. Chestnut St., Goldsboro, NC 27530 or to: Fuquay-Varina United Methodist Church, 100 S. Judd Parkway, SE, Fuquay-Varina, NC 27526.

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