Barbara Jean Sorrells, loved to cook

November 26, 2021

Barbara Jean Sorrells, 84, was born in Chattanooga, Tenn., to her mother, Mildred Sampson, July 1, 1937.  She departed this life Saturday, Nov. 20, 2021.

Barbara lived on the Lookout Mountain in Chattanooga. When she attended school there, she would make lunches every day for the students, and she was only between the ages of 10 to 12 years old. When she moved off the mountain into the city, she would have to ride the incline to and from school every day. Barbara met her husband, Jack, in high school and they were married for 65 years.  She had six children, seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. I’m sure her oldest son Thomas Sorrells Jr. “Chuck,” her oldest grandson, Robert Turner III “Bobby,” and her sister, Margie Sampson greeted her at heaven’s gates.

Barbara and Jack did everything together. When you saw one, you saw the other. She loved to cook; (that’s probably where we get it from), and was always cooking for others. She worked for the Willingboro School System in the cafeteria serving students for years. Later she worked at General Motors in production and then moved to administration. They both retired at the ripe young age of 51 and have traveled all over this country ever since.

Barbara never let any grass grow under her feet. She loved reading so much. We think she read every John Grisham novel he wrote. Mom loved crocheting and puzzles.

Barbara really loved her family. She enjoyed planning family gatherings and loved having them out in the park every chance she got. She was always there for everyone. Barbara especially loved her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was really proud of all of them.

Mom leaves behind her husband, Thomas E. “Jack” Sorrells Sr.; five children, Michael Sorrells, Dianna Lynn Turner, Anthony Sorrells, Jacqueline Sorrells and Donna Sorrells; six grandchildren, Anthony Sorrells Jr., Lauren Sorrells-Myers, Eric Turner, Brittany Turner-Heath, Joequetta Sorrells and Gregory Sorrells; five great-grandchildren, Janiyah Sorrells, Kaleesi Turner, Kallen Turner, Harrison Myers and Anthony Gregory Sorrells III; sisters and brothers, Mildred and Willie Johnson, Joe Sampson Jr., Roy Sampson, Lillie, Garry Sr., Roshell, Rosa L. Watkins, Brenda Charles Coger, Georgia Wheeler (George), Johnny L. Sampson, Marian Petite, William L. Sampson Sr.; a devoted friend, Lillian Young; and many nieces and nephews, dearest cousins and many, many more dear friends.

Barbara, you will truly be missed.

There will be a service to celebrate Barbara’s life Saturday, Nov. 27, at St. John 2nd Baptist Church, 26602 Mt. Joy Road, Millsboro, with a viewing from 10 a.m. to noon, and the service commencing at noon. To offer words of comfort or sign the guest book, visit  Professional services entrusted to Bennie Smith Funeral Home, Millsboro.

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