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Wilma Denning Sorrell

August 31, 1938 — March 18, 2021

DURHAM- Mrs. Wilma Denning Sorrell, 82, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family and her beloved dog, Baby on Thursday, March 18, 2021.

Wilma was born on August 31, 1938 to Helen Denning Partin in Wake County, NC. She worked at IBM for 14 years and attended Gospel Church in Durham, NC. Before her husband passed, Wilma loved spending her weekends out on the boat with her husband and family fishing at Atlantic Beach. She was known for keeping a house that was warm and welcome, filled with love for so many special people.

In 2019, our Mom discovered through her sister, Jane Carden-Tago, along with many other family members. Though only in her life for a short time, Jane meant so much to our Mother. Jane and her daughter Michelle came to visit, creating everlasting memories that we will all cherish.

More recently, Our Mom enjoyed her weekly breakfasts on Saturday mornings with Carolyn (sister-in-law) at the Golden Corral, Said and Sally made these mornings fun and extra special. She loved to share funny stories, reminiscing on memories made with her family over the years. She truly loved the life she had lived and was an inspiration. She will be missed by so many.

Mrs. Sorrell was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Harvey C. Sorrell, Jr.; her sons, Harvey “Peanut” Sorrell and David Sorrell; brothers, Danny, Freddie, Robert Lee Partin, Charlie, Calvin, and Robert Carden; and sisters, Priscilla and Sylvia Stefanek.

Mrs. Sorrell is survived by her sons, Eddie Sorrell of Durham, NC, and Donald Sorrell (Diane) of Timberlake, NC; daughters, Rachelle Sorrell (Amy) of Durham, NC, and Debbie Foell (David) of Georgia; chosen son, Eddie Tilley; sister, Jane Carden-Tago of Salt Lake City, UT; grandchildren, Jason Davidson (PJ), Chris Sorrell (Jen), Brittany Johnston (Jon), Morgan Sorrell, Josh Wilson (Melissa), Patrick Wilson (Crissy), Jason Wilson (Heather); and great-grandchildren, Addison Davidson, Rylee Davidson, Carson Davidson, Hannah Evans, Chase Sorrell, Carter Sorrell, Bentley Johnson, Emerson Johnston, Justin Wilson, Jacob Wilson, Chesney Wilson, Cadie Wilson, and Aidan Wilson.

A graveside service will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 24, 2021 at Brier Creek Memorial Gardens. Officiating will be Pastor Mandy Mizelle. Visitation will be held prior to the graveside from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 24, 2021 at Hudson Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Pretty in Pink Foundation at


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