Obituaries - March 2, 2009

1st Lieutenant William Eric Emmert

Services for 1st Lt. Emmert will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 4, at the First United Methodist Church with the Rev. David Hesson and Chaplin Mark Phillips officiating. Interment will be in the Cedar Grove Cemetary. Visitation will be from noon until 9 p.m. Tuesday, March 3, at the Partlow Funeral Home

1st Lt. Emmert, 36, of Lebanon, died Tuesdy, Feb. 24, 2009, in Mosul, Iraq. He was a member of the Fisrt United Methodist Church. He graduated from Lebanon High School in 1991, and served in the United States Army from 1991-1996 as a Counter Intelligence Agent. He had acheived the rank of sergeant at his discharge.
His tours included Korea, Germany and Cuba. He graduated from Middle Tennessee State University in 1999, Cum Laude.

While attending MTSU, he served as a member of the Nissan Fire Brigade. He entered the Tennessee National Guard in 1996 as a sergeant. He served on the Governor's Task Force on Marijuana Eradication attached to the Memphis Organized Crime Unit in 1996, and as a Tennessee State Trooper from 2000-2007.

He served on the Governor's Security detail in 2005, as Special Agent for the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation from 2007-2008 until called to sere in Iraq. He was promoted to second lieutenant in the Tennessee National Guard in January 2006, followed by his promotion to first lieutenant in January, 2008.

He had served as a Platoon Leader in the 1st Platoon 269th Military Police Company in Iraq since January 2009.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Margery Catherine Emmert; and grandparents, Howard Lee and Catherine Climer Edwards, Victor Jacob and Margery Rousseau Emmert.

He is survived by his parents, Bill and Brenda Edwards Emmert; special girl in his life, Paige Garrand; aunt, Marcia Emmert (Frank) Norcom; uncle, Wayne (Cora) Edwards; cousins, Margery Norcom (Ken) Hilburn, Michelle Edwards (Donald) Walker and Teresa Edwards ; Bryson Erin, Amy Hilburn, Kayla, Dalton, Madison Walker; Melissa and Ashley Edwards; great aunts, Jennie Rousseau Tedeschi, Norma Rousseau Burgdorg, Mary Emmert, Evelyn Climer Lancaster and Lois Climer (Dan) Shafer; many other cousins; special cousin, Charles (Dean) Vantrease; and special aunt, Lois Moody.

Pallbearers include Tommy Boleyn, Wade Williams, Michael Cowan, Tracy Tyler, Derek Travers, Wayne Jackson, Gene Stegal. Honorary pallbearere will be Sgt. Bill Nelms.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Nashville Rescue Mission at 639 Lafayette St., Nashville, TN 37203-4226 or a charity of your choice.

Partlow Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Dr. Hardie Vaughan Sorrels, Jr.

Services for Dr. Sorrels will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday. March 3, 2009 in the Partlow Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Martin Thielen and the Rev. David Hesson officiating. Interment will be in the Cedar Grove Cemetery. Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Monday, March 2, and 10 a.m. until service time on Tuesday.

Dr. Sorrels, 77, died Sunday, March 1, 2009, at his home. He was born Dec. 23, 1931, in Little Rock, Ark., and grew up in Brinkley, Ark., He attended the University of Arkansas and ten entered the United States Army, serving as a First Lieutenant in the Corps of Engineers. After service, he returned to school, enrolling in the University of Tennessee School of Pharmacy and graduated first in his class in 1959. He remained active in pharmacy for nearly 50 years.

Dr. Sorrels and his young family moved to Lebanon in 1964 when he purchased Shannon' s Drugs. He owned and operated this business for several years and reinstated the soda fountain at the iconic institution. He later purchased Medical Arts Pharmacy which he continued to operate until 2002.

He loved guns and hunting and was a master carpenter. He was the Scoutmaster of Troop 434 in Lebanon for several years. Fourteen Scouts earned their Eagle Rank during his years of leadership. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge and maintained his membership in the Memphis chapter for over 50 years. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church

He was preceded in death by his parents, Hardie Vaughan Sorrels, Sr. and Lillian Ballenger Sorrels.

Survivors include his wife, Myra Ervin Sorrels; sons, Dr. Hardie Vaughan (Amy) Sorrels, III and David Dutro (Kim) Sorrels; daughter, Dixie (Ron)rury; grandsons, Hardie Vaughan Sorrels. IV, Reed Howard Sorrels, Eric Ervin Sorrels, Jameson Hibbett Sorrels and Marshall Jefferson Suiter.

Pallbearers are grandsons plus Ricky Haskins, Jim Hibbett, Jr., Dr. John Gallaher and Dr. Brian Hughey.

In lieu of flowers, constributions may be made in Dr. Sorrels memory to Lebanon's First United Methodist Church or to the Boy Scouts of America, Middle Tennessee Council, 3414 Hillsboro Road, Nashville, TN 37215-0409

Partlow Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


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