Olive Marion (Adkisson) Sorrells, 99, passed from this life January 3, 2013 in Antlers. She was born November 26, 1913 in Butler, to Joseph Marion and Lonnie Olive (Marshall) Adkisson, about thirteen miles northwest of Arapaho on Barnitz Creek, near the small town of Butler in Custer County. When she was a young child the family moved to Bentley in Atoka County where they were living in 1920. Olive spent most of her youth in Atoka County where her father was engaged in farming. On August 2, 1930 over the objection of her parents, Olive and Charles Leroy Sorrells eloped and were married at Coalgate in Coal County. It was certainly a good match, for they were together for forty eight years until Charles Leroy died in 1978. Their first fifteen years together were spent in Southeastern Oklahoma, with the exception of a short stay just across the Red River in Northern Texas. During this time Charles Leroy engaged in farming, carpentry and sold native stone for building construction and Olive gave birth to eight sons. After the war ended in 1945 they began a westward move generally following construction and forestry work, often moving multiple times in a single year. These travels took them to the states of Oklahoma, New Mexico, Arizona ,California and Oregon. Along the way Olive gave birth to five girls for a total of thirteen children. In 1973 the family returned to Southeastern Oklahoma where they bought an acreage near Rattan and built their permanent home there. Olive talked of having traveled the road that run in front of this house in a covered wagon when she was six years old. This trip was on a family fishing vacation to Little River. Both Charles Leroy and Olive spent their remaining years here, with many children and grandchildren nearby. Olive was a devout Christian and raised all her children to follow Christ. Through good times and bad she did whatever she had to do to keep the family together. She was preceded in death by her; parents, Joseph and Lonnie Adkisson; husband, Charles Leroy Sorrells; two sons, Charles M. Sorrells and Amos L. Sorrells; one daughter, Barbara Sue Mitchell; Grandchildren, Michael Sorrells, Amy Mack, Yevette Cathleen Sorrells, Sara Lynette Sorrells and Gabriel Sorrells; five brothers, Carl, Lois, Glenn, Van and Rheaford Adkisson; one sister, Lorine Delay. She is survived by six sons: Donald Ray Sorrells and wife Elizabeth of Antlers; Darrell Douglas Sorrells and wife Linda of Nicoma Park; Leon Carl Sorrells and wife Donna of Antlers; Marshall Lewis Sorrells and wife Maxine of Antlers; Hoy Wayne Sorrells and wife Carol of Phoenix, AZ; Roy Paul Sorrells and wife Sandy of Antlers. Four daughters: Virginia L. Collins and husband Lloyd of Antlers; Linda Fay Mack and husband Ricky of Antlers; Debra Juanita Vincent and husband Danny of Phoenix, AZ; Mona Illapotubbe and husband Jimmy of Rattan. Thirty-two grandchildren; numerous great grandchildren and great great grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and a host of dear friends. So at this time, her family and friends, say goodbye and send her home to heaven to be with those who went before. Funeral services were held on Monday, January 7, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. at Cross Timbers Ministries of Antlers with Rev. Andrew Mack officiating. Interment will follow at Butler Cemetery. Family night was held Sunday, January 6, 2013. Active Pallbearers were: Don Sorrells, Leon Sorrells, Wayne Sorrells, Paul Sorrells, Marshall Sorrells and Shane Sorrells.
Funeral Services were conducted by:
Atoka Funeral Home in Atoka