Mary Henry Sorrell, 97

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CAPE CORAL, Fla. — Mary Henry Sorrell, age 97, of Salisbury, formerly of Dunn, died Sunday, Oct. 17, 2021 at Glenn Kiser Hospice House in Salisbury.

Mary was born on Sept. 17, 1924, in Harnett County, the daughter of the late James Marshall Henry and Bertie Lee Weeks Henry and was preceded in death by her husband, John Lloyd Sorrell Jr. She was also preceded in death by a son, John Lloyd Sorrell III; and sisters, Thearl Forbes and Flora Smith. 

Mary retired with 30-plus years as a registered nurse. She began her career at Betsy Johnson Hospital in the emergency room, to nursing in industrial businesses, nursing home and private practice with Dr. Willam Sutton before retiring.

Mary moved from Raeford to Greensboro after the death of her husband in 2002, to be near her family. She was a member of the O’Henry Woman’s Club, Forrest Oak Country Club and the American Business Women’s Association. While living in Greensboro she became known as “The Queen Mary” by her daughter’s friends. Everyone there loved her and she became a second mother to many of them.   

In her early years in Dunn, she was a member of Divine Street United Methodist Church. When she moved to Wallace she attended the Wallace Methodist Church and in Greensboro she attended Community in Christ, Presbyterian.       

A graveside service will be held Thursday, Oct. 21, at 11 a.m. at Greenwood Cemetery in Dunn.   

She is survived by daughters, Mary Ann Sorrell Rouse and husband Jimmy of Greenville, Jan Sorrell Greene and husband Harlen of Cape Coral, Florida; grandchildren, Harlen Greene Jr. and wife Roberta, James Lloyd Rouse and wife Shauna, and Heather Greene Jones and husband Tommy; and great-grandchildren, Phoenix Steven Greene, Kristen Halley Rouse, Allison Brooke Rouse, Ryan James Rouse and Haley Sorrell Greene.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial be made to: Glen A. Kiser Hospice House, 1229 Statesville Blvd., Salisbury, NC 238144; or Faithful Friends Rescue, 220 Grace Church Road, Salisbury, NC 28147.

A service of Cromartie-Miller Funeral Home in Dunn.   

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