On June 16, 2020, Richard Sorrell, Jr. was called home peacefully to be with his Lord and Savior.
Richard Sorrell, Jr. was born on February 10, 1935 to the late Richard and the late Rosie Sorrell.
Richard, affectionately known as “Biggie” was a native of Warsaw, Virginia. He and his family moved from Warsaw, Virginia to Baltimore, MD, then to Hurlock, MD. Later, he moved to Kent Narrows, (Grasonville) MD. He received his education from Queen Anne’s County Public School System. He attended Kennard High School, Centreville, MD.
Richard had a diverse employment background. He was employed with B & S Fisheries, Rhode Island, as a Forman. He later became self-employed as a waterman. After which, he became employed with the U.S. Naval Academy as a Construction Worker. He worked for the State Highway Administration as a Drawbridge Operator for many years until he retired. After retirement he later went on to be employed with United Shellfish as a laborer.
Richard “Biggie” truly enjoyed playing pinochle and spades in his spare time. His greatest enjoyment was in spending time with his family and friends as well as attending functions and gatherings.
Richard married his life-long companion Delcia Mae on October 23, 1993. However, they were blessed to share life together for 49 years. Richard attended Robinson A.M.E. Church, Grasonville, MD faithfully for some time as well as attended other ministries with his wife. Once his wife embraced her ministry as Pastor and Founder of Restoration Ministries: “Church Without Walls” in 2014, he truly blossomed spiritually. His life changed tremendously after he was baptized in 2018. He actively participated and engaged in bible study. As he was learning, his love for the Word grew. He loved being in worship services where he could feel the spirit of God flowing.
Richard was preceded in death by his parents, Richard and Rosie Sorrell, Five sisters: Shirley, Alice, Mary, Gladys and Anna Mae; two brothers: Jamie and Nathaniel.
His well-lived life, fond memories, infectious smile, charm and sense of humor will always be remembered and cherished by his loving, devoted and committed wife, Delcia Sorrell; five sons: David Sorrell, Alan Sorrell, Sr. (Takisha), Gary Sorrell (Valerie), Richard Yarbough (Desiree) and Richard Deron Sorrell, Sr. (Debbie); five daughters: Bridgette Abd-El’Aziz, Judy Sorrell, Terri Sorrell, Linda Barboza (Tracy), Deborah Johnson; 27 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; one sister, Dorothy Veeney, one brother, Lloyd Veeney (Vanessa); two brothers-in-law: Deladimore Speller (Ruth), Jimmy Speller; five Sisters-in-law: Jackie Veeney, Emma Jean Freeman, Mary Jones, Theresa Newton, and Henrietta Gray; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. His cousin LeRoy Brown, Jr. (whom he lovingly called “Elroy Q”), nephew Alphonso Sorrell, Sr., and niece Kathy Sorrell were special to him and very near and dear to his heart.
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