WADESBORO — Mary Elinor Covington Sorrels, 80, died Sept. 6, 2012 at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte.
Services will be 11 a.m. Sept. 15 by the graveside in Eastview Cemetery with Dr. Robert Hunter officiating. The family will greet friends following the service.
Sorrels was born Dec. 29, 1931 in Anson County, a daughter of the late Thomas Jefferson Covington Jr. and the late Irene King Covington Horton. She was a graduate of Wadesboro High School and attended West Hampton College, now the University of Richmond, Va., and attended Greensboro College, now the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She graduated from Pan America Business College in Richmond, Va.
She worked for a number of years for Thad A. Eure, North Carolina Secretary of State in Raleigh. She also worked with the North Carolina Department of Prisons. Following her husband, William Sorrels’ retirement, she returned to Wadesboro to care for her mother. She was a faithful member of First Baptist Church, Wadesboro, since her childhood. In recent years, she and her husband created a trust within the First Baptist Church Foundation for North Carolina mission projects for the youth department at the church.
Surviving are her husband of 56 years, William Pickens Sorrels Sr. of the home; her son and daughter-in-law, William P. Sorrels Jr. and Lisa Roberts Sorrels of Goldsboro; her daughter and son-in-law, Lynn Sorrels Kelly and Barry Raymond Kelly of Weddington; her grandchildren, Will and Matt Sorrels and Connor and Emma Kelly; and her brother and sister-in-law, T. Jeff Covington III and Jane Covington of Asheville.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Barbara Covington O’Flaherty.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church Foundation, North Carolina Youth Mission Projects, P.O. Box 423, Wadesboro, NC 28170.
The arrangements are in care of Leavitt Funeral Home. Online condolences may be made at www.leavittfuneralhomewadesboro.com.