Floyd E. Sorrels, Jr., retired Army veteran and longtime resident of the Oak Grove Community, passed away Tuesday morning, July 22, 2014, at his home, at the age of 88 years.

    The son of the late Floyd E. Sorrels, Sr. and Della Cargill Sorrels, Floyd was born on October 13, 1925 in Cushing, Oklahoma and was raised and educated in the Drumright Schools, graduating from Drumright High School.  He later attended and graduated from Oklahoma A & M with a Master’s Degree of Science.

    He was united in marriage to Loyce Jean Davis on August 3, 1947 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and to this union three children, Jean, Kathryn and Robert, were born.  Following over 53 years of marriage, she preceded him in death on February 28, 2001.

    Floyd retired from the United States Army after serving over 28 years, retiring as a Sergeant Major.  He served during World War II and the Korean Conflict.  Some of his time was spent on the B-17 Flying Fortress as a tail gunner.  He was considered to be a marksman shooter.  His hobbies included many, from his gun collection; his collection of arrow heads; his woodworking skills; making jewelry in which he had given away hundreds of pairs of earrings; his knife making skills where he made hundreds of different knives; his love for the outdoors, fishing, hunting or just relaxing outside.

    Floyd was very interested in the Native American Indian culture and will be remembered by his friends and family for instilling in people the safety of guns.

    Survivors include his children, Jean Anne Helgeson and her husband Richard of Garland, Texas, Kathryn Nash and her husband Clayton of Combine, Texas and Robert Floyd Sorrels and his wife Leslie of Cushing; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends, including his companion of nine years, Wanda Banta.

    In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by one sister, Opal Perry.

    Funeral services will be Monday, July 28, 2014 at 10 a.m. in the Oak Grove Baptist Church with Reverend George Brock, III, officiating.

    Burial will follow in the Euchee Valley Memorial Park Cemetery.

    In lieu of flowers, the family has requested memorial contributions be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas, 66675, or forms may be picked up at the Funeral Home or at the services.

    You may share your condolences with the Sorrels family at www.davisfh.net.

    Viewing for Mr. Sorrels will be held on Sunday, July 27, 2014 from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m., and the casket will not be opened at the church.

    Services are under the direction of the Davis Funeral Home.

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