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Obituary: Randy M. Sorrells, 71, of Lodi


Randy M. Sorrells, age 71, of Lodi, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2021.

He was born on March 7, 1950, in Hot Springs, the son of Dayton M. Sorrells and Anna Lee Francis Sorrells. On June 15, 1973, he married Sandra Tilley Sorrells. He was preceded in death by his parents.

He was a 1968 graduate of Amity High School and a 1972 graduate of Henderson State University earning his Bachelor of Science in Education. He taught social studies and coached at Holly Grove, Poyen, Caddo Hills and Kirby Schools for 30 years and retired in 2002. He coached boys and girls over the course of his career while starting several cross country and track programs. Randy valued the relationships with all his students and athletes by showing each of them love and encouragement.

In 1979, he began working as a temporary park ranger on Lake Greeson for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and later accepted a full-time position after retiring from education in 2002.

Randy was a member of Amity First Baptist Church where he served as a deacon and Sunday school teacher. He adored his family and loved being Poppa to Greer and Way.  Randy enjoyed life and the people he met along the way. He was positive, joyful, kind and shared that with those he knew and loved. 

He is survived by his wife, Sandra Sorrells; his daughter and son-in-law, Paige and Jody Cowart; his grandchildren, Greer Cowart and Way Cowart, all of Lodi; his brother and sister-in-law, Ritchie and Lynne Sorrells of San Antonio, Texas; his sister and brother-in-law, Sheena and Randall Coffman of Hopper; and several nieces and nephews. 

Services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 10, 2021, in the Amity First Baptist Church with Bro. Carl Newman, Bro. John McAnally and Bro. Johnny Baker officiating.

Interment was in Lodi Cemetery under the direction of Davis-Smith Funeral Home, Glenwood.

Pallbearers were Gary Lammers, Devin Flemens, Dan Funderburk, Deric Putz, Marty Reynolds, Ken Forga, Brian Mount and Ronnie Whisenhunt.

Honorary pallbearers are his co-workers at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers of Lake Greeson.

Memorials may be made to The Fellowship of Christian Athletes, c/o Garry Crowder, 111 Pinnacle Drive, Arkadelphia, AR 71923. Please make checks payable to FCA with a notation on memo line in honor of Randy Sorrells.

Guest registry is at www.davis-smith.com.

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