Roy L. Sorrells

Mar 25, 2014

In Loving Memory

CANTON — Roy Lee Sorrells, 87, passed away Monday, March 24, 2014, at John F. Keever Solace Center.

Born in Haywood County, he was a son of the late Joseph and Emma Harris Sorrells.  Roy resided in Taylor, Michigan, for 31 years, retiring from Whitehead & Kells Corporation as a structural steel fabricator and also retired from Haywood County Schools as a custodian at Lake Junaluska Elementary. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Edna Bonham Sorrells, who died in 2000; a brother, Harris Sorrells; a sister, Mary Robinson; two granddaughters, Angela Marie Queen and Sharon Queen Rathbone; and a son-in-law, Gerald Queen. Roy was a U.S. Navy veteran having served during World War II and was an active member of Oak Grove Baptist Church.  He will be remembered for being a hard worker, having a strong work ethic and enjoying fixing and “tinkering” with lawnmowers.

He is survived by a daughter, Betty Queen, of Canton; two sisters, Bonnie Carver, of Canton and Emma Jo Buckner, of Morristown, Tennessee; two grandchildren, Katie Fisher (Brian) and Laura Williams (Alan); a grandson-in-law, Ken Rathbone; four great-grandchildren, Kali Putnam, Tyler Putnam, Brenton Fisher and Savannah Smith; and several special nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday, March 27, in the Canton Chapel of Wells Funeral Home with the Revs. Bruce Cayton and Jeff King officiating. Burial will follow at Crawford/Ray Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends from 1:30 to 3 p.m. prior to the service.

Memorials may be made to SharinCare c/o Open Door Soup Kitchen, 32 Commerce Street, Waynesville, NC  28786.  Please put SharinCare on the memo line.

For those who desire, an online memorial register is available at

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