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Posted: November 28, 2009 2:04 p.m.

Joey Sorrells

Oxley-Heard Funeral Home Fernandina Beach, Fla.

Mr. Joey Sorrells, 53, of Fernandina Beach, Fla., passed away Nov. 23 after a valiant fight with cancer and related complications. Born in Covington, he was the son of the late Billy Charles and Peggy Latish Mills Sorrells. H was a graduate of Newton County High School, class of 1974.    Mr. Sorrells lived in the Southeast his entire life and moved to Fernandina Beach approximately 20 years ago. He was successful and hardworking in sales, various business ventures and as an investor throughout his career.  While in Georgia he worked with J.B. Hunt Transport of Atlanta as a driver recruiter, had owned and sold FAS-CO Industries of Valdosta and was an investor in the early days of cell phone towers also in Valdosta. After moving to Florida, he traveled extensively while working in home improvement sales and for the past 14 years has been a principal partner in Atlantic Custom Exteriors of Amelia Island. An avid outdoorsman, Mr. Sorrells enjoyed big game hunting, fishing and traveling to destinations including Central America, Africa and Europe.  In 2007 he fished off the coast of Hawaii catching a 427-pound Marlin. He was a supporter and investor of Amelia Research and Recovery, Ducks Unlimited, the American Numismatic Association and the National Rifle Association.

Surviving are his wife Lea Sorrells, Fernandina Beach; daughter Holley Sorrells, Chicago, Ill.; brothers Dana Bruce Sorrells, Covington, Charles Barry Sorrells, Oxford, and William Brian Sorrells, Monroe, eight  nieces and nephews and numerous loving family and close friends.

Funeral services were held Nov. 28 from the Burgess Chapel of Oxley Heard Funeral Home, Fernandina Beach. A reception followed the service at his home. Please share his life story at www.oxleyheard.com.


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