____________________________________________________________________________ In Memoriam. Mary Henthorn was born in Missouri, Nov. 24, 1815; coming to Pike County, Ark., she was there married in 1834 to Jas. L. Sorrels. A few years later, with her husband she moved to Scott Co., Ark., where she resided till 1874, when her husband died - since which time she has been making her home among her children in the vicinity. Her death took place May 10, (1891) at the residence of her son-in-law, Mr. M.A. (Looper). Her life, though of a quiet and undemonstrative sort, was consistent and blameless. When quite a young woman she made a profession of religion and united with the M.E. Church, South, to which she continued a useful member till her translation to the Church of the "first born" in heaven. In all the varied relations of her long life she was a model woman - a true and faithful wife, a devoted and tender mother, a kind and helpful friend and neighbor. In the cause of religion and her Church she was in labors abundant. Her house was always the preacher's home and she and her family were for many years the principal support for the Church in that section of the country. She was the mother of eleven children, seven of whom still survive. In addition to these, she had much to do (in) the rearing of several others - the children of her husband by a former wife. The care and bringing up of such a large family, was in itself no small burden, but of this I am not aware that she ever complained. I doubt if Mother Sorrels ever thought much about the question of the burden of child-bearing and rearing, nor whether she had any vocation in that direction, but it is certain that she raised up more than a dozen sons and daughters and did her work well too. She lived to see them all married and settled in life and all of them members of the Church. A life extended to nearly four score years in this world, under the most favorable circumstances, could not be otherwise than one of many disappointments, sorrows and sufferings; so she found it - a life unavoidably laborious and full of care - sickness and death coming into the life again and again. Then came the infirmities of advancing years intensified and aggravated by a paralytic stroke a few years ago, rendering her well-nigh helpless. Still she bore all these things with the same patient and heroic spirit that had characterized all the actions of her life. When death came he came as a messenger of good, a surcease of suffering and sorrow here, and a home and happiness in the world of the redeemed. Who can doubt but that she at once entered into the fullness of joy in the house prepared for her in heaven? The death of this aged lady removes from the community a prominent actor in the early history of Methodism in this section of the State. By her death the last local link in the chain of events that binds the thrifty, prosperous condition of the M.E. Church, South, in this country at this time, with the toils and sacrifices of our fathers in the early planting of Methodism in this new and wilderness region more than a half century ago. Among those who labored for the building up of the cause of Methodism in the counties of Sebastian and Scott, dating back to its first settlement by the white man, none have done more to secure the prosperity of this day than the family of Sorrels, of which the deceased was a prominent member. Her father-in-law, Washington Sorrels, was among the pioneer settlers of this State. He reached the State in 1819; joined the Methodist Church in 1812; for a few years he was an itinerant preacher; he then became a local preacher, in which capacity he served the Church till his death, which occurred at Waldron, 1855. Jas. L. Sorrels was the eldest son; he became a citizen of Scott county about fifty years ago, where he continued to reside until his death, which occurred in 1874. Here he and his wife Mary faithfully served with their generation, "worked righteousness," and raised up a large family of five sons and ten daughters, who have in the main all of them, with their descendants, been found walking in the way their parents taught them - holding up the banners of God and Methodism. We estimate the goodness of a tree by the kind of fruit it bears. This rule upon the authority of the great Teacher, is applicable to human life. Judged by this standard, the value of our sainted sister's life (in which the husband's must also be included) will be a very high one. A long life of labor and cross-bearing, daily exemplifying the graces of Christian character; a large family of children reared in such a way in the "nurture and admonition of the Lord," that when they get old that they not only have not departed from the faithful examples and teachings of their parents, but they have in word and works transmitted it on to their children and grandchildren. I think it would be difficult now to find among the numerous descendants of this faithful pair one that had grown to maturity, that would not be a professor of religion and a Methodist. Many of them are conspicuous for their zeal and usefulness. Three sons survive, Samuel D. Sorrels, Dr. G.R. Sorrels and Dr. J.W. Sorrels, the last mentioned being the best known, having served the Masonic fraternity of the State last year in the capacity of Grand Master. There are some six or seven daughters still living, but I am unable to give the particulars concerning them. The righteous shall be in everlasting remembrance. What a precious heritage the bereaved family have in the finished life of the departed mother. May her death be sanctified to the good of all. F.M. Moore ____________________________________________________________________________ The Arkansas Methodist, Devoted to the Interests of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, in Arkansas. By Bennett & Thornburgh. "Speak Thou the Things that Become Sound Doctrine." Volume X. Little Rock, Arkansas, June 24, 1891. No. 7, page 6, columns 1-2. ____________________________________________________________________________ HTML file and design by David Kelley, 1997. All rights reserved.