March 2, 2009 – Dr. Hardie Vaughan Sorrels, Jr., owner of Shannon's Drug Store and later Medical Arts Pharmacy, died Sunday, March 1, 2009, at his home. Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, March 3, at Partlow Funeral Chapel in Lebanon. Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Monday, March 2, and 10 until service time on Tuesday.
He was born Dec. 23, 1931, in Little Rock, Ark., and grew up in Brinkley, Ark., where he attended grade school and graduated from Brinkley High School. He went on to the University of Arkansas, but was called into the United States Army where he served as a First Lieutenant in the Corps of Engineers. Discharged from service three years later, he returned to school, enrolling in the University of Tennessee School of Pharmacy and graduating first in his class in 1959.
The year 1959 was also a good one for him personally. He met and married Myra Ervin in a Memphis drug store that year. That also began a nearly 50 year career in the pharmacy business.
Dr. Sorrels moved his young family to Lebanon in 1964 when he purchased Shannon's Drug Store. He owned and operated that business for several years and reinstated the soda fountain at the iconic institution. He later purchased the Medical Arts Pharmacy which he continued to operate until 2002. From 2002 through 2007, he worked full time for other pharmacies to keep active and see friends.
He was an avid duck hunter during his Arkansas days and was a well known fixture in the dove fields anywhere on opening day of dove season. He loved hunting and guns and made it a point to teach his grandsons how to shoot. He was a master carpenter, who at one time literally built houses, and was very good with his hands and at carpentry.
Dr. Sorrels was also the Scoutmaster of Troop 434 in Lebanon for several years, during which 14 scouts received their Eagle Rank. He was a member of the First Methodist í‡hurch in Lebanon and a member of the Masonic Lodge in Memphis, which he maintained for more than 50 years.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Hardie Vaughan Sorrels, Sr. and Lillian Ballenger Sorrels. Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Myra Ervin Sorrels; sons Dr. Hardie Vaughan (Amy) Sorrels, III and David Dutro (Kim) Sorrels; daughter, Dixie (Ron) Rury and grandsons, Hardie Vaughan Sorrels, IV, Reed Howard Sorrels, Eric Ervin Sorrels, Jameson Hibbett Sorrels and Marshall Jefferson Suiter.
Pallbearers will include grandsons, Ricky Haskins, Jim Hibbett, Jr., Dr. John Gallaher and Dr. Brian Hughey.