Charlotte Ann Sorrel
November 18, 1936 – September 21, 2021
Born on November 18, 1936 in Little Rock, Arkansas, Charlotte Ann Rogers Sorrel (Nonny) left this earth to be with her Lord and her grandson, Trey Jones, on September 21, 2021. She attended public schools in Little Rock and graduated from the historic Little Rock Central High School in 1954. She began playing golf at age 14 and won numerous awards and tournaments prior to graduation. She was a member of the drill team, acapella choir and other organizations, and was very active in Pulaski Heights Baptist Church.
She left her beloved state of Arkansas to attend Baylor University in Waco, Texas. A member of the Baylor golf team and Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority (formerly known as the Atheneans), she remained a true and devoted Baylor fan her entire life. Her love for Baylor was only exceeded by her love for her 2 children, 8 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education in 1958 and was certified as a teacher in elementary education and biology. In 1956, prior to graduation, she met and married the love of her life, Frank D. Sorrel.
She followed Frank to the University of Oklahoma to receive advanced degrees in petroleum geology, yet she continued her education from afar and received her diploma from Baylor. To this union two children were born, Virginia Ann in 1959 and Glen Sanford in 1961. After many moves with Mobile Oil, the couple settled in Farmers Branch near Dallas, TX. She adored her children and was very devoted to them as a stay-at-home mom. She was active in the local Baptist church as a teacher and superintendent for their young people departments. She also was PTA officer, room mom, little league mother, girl scout/brownies leader, a cub scout den mother, and never missed an activity her children were participating in. When the children were older, she took the positions of Kindergarten coordinator, director, and teacher at Royal Oaks and Northway Baptist Churches, and served as Farmers Branch Recreation Training Center director and instructor.
She lost her husband in an untimely death at age 37, and she and her children remained in Farmers Branch. Charlotte, as a single mother, wanted to continue pursuing education, and graduated from Texas Women’s University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and a Master’s degree in Education in 1981. She received K-12 Texas Teaching certifications in health, biology, P.E., elementary pedagogy, and science. In 1978, she was hired by the Richardson Independent School District, where she taught for 11 years at Berkner High School. She served as a Biology and Science teacher, cooperating teacher for student teachers, the coordinator for health education, a coach and PE teacher, a coordinator for peer assistance programs on drugs, a crisis intervention team member, and a RISD teaching cadre for staff development. She was chosen by Texas A&M as one of only six educators in the state to write an anti-drug curriculum for children in the State of Texas. She also served on the curriculum development committee in Richardson, and served as a chairperson on the health education task force, the textbook committee, and the Southern Association Committee for Health Education. She also became a certified First Aid and CPR Instructor for the American Red Cross.
While at RISD she received the PTA Appreciation Award, membership into the Richardson Teaching Cadre, the Chi Omega Teacher Scholarship Award, and the STARS Award. She also received Teaching Awards for Excellence in Health Education and the Texas Health Educator of the Year. She was chosen as a contributing author for Glencoe Health textbooks by McMillan McGraw-Hill and a co-textbook consultant for “Health and Safety for You” by McGraw-Hill publishing company. She was nominated and elected for membership to Eta Sigma Gamma, and Phi Delta Kappa. She was very active in the Texas Association for Health, PE, Recreation and Dance. She was asked to serve as the Health Education Committee chairperson, as well as the chairperson of the nominating committee for vice-president of the health division. In addition, she was chosen to serve as a State Health Education consultant, a member of the future directions committee, the representative assembly of the Southern district, the scholarship award committee, the vice-president of the Health division, and the Board of Directors and Representative Assembly. She had the honor of representing the State of Texas for the Southern District Health Educator of the year award, and also had professional memberships with the American School Health Association, the Texas School Health Association, and the Association of Texas Professional Educators.
In 1989 she left the classroom for a position as an Education Specialist and Consultant for the Texas Education Agency. In addition to her responsibilities with TEA, she was a liaison with other state agencies such as the Texas Department of Health, and the Texas Department of Human Services where she developed state plans for responses to crisis/adolescent pregnancies as well as other human health resources for the state. While at TEA, she served on over 10 councils and committees, created curriculum standards (TEKS) for numerous health education courses across the state, and created state-wide standards and curriculum for Alcohol and Drug Education, Tobacco-Free initiations, the Texas Public Schools Heart Health initiations through the American Heart Association, and the Texas Cancer Council for Public Education.
On top of changing the landscape for state education standards in Texas, Charlotte was hired by the Attorney General’s office to develop and deliver a customer service training program for the Child Support Enforcement Division. The training received national recognition by the National Child Support Association. In 1993, she was hired as a training manager and instructional designer for the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Committee. She celebrated her retirement in 1998, but spent her retirement as one of the most popular substitute teachers in the Eanes Independent School District, where she had the opportunity to teach in the classrooms of her grandchildren and their friends at Hill Country Middle School and Westlake High School. Once they had graduated, she spent her free time attending every milestone her grandchildren celebrated and as many Baylor Women’s Basketball games as she could – even attending one of the many National Championship game her beloved Bears won! Her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, as well as the Baylor Bears and her Cocker Spaniel, Prince, were the greatest joys in her final decade.
Charlotte was preceded in death by her parents Iris and Glen Rogers, husband Frank D. Sorrel, grandson Trey Jones, grandparents Dr. Embry and Lottie Buckley, and WS and Jenny Rogers. She is survived by her children Virginia “Ginny” Jones (Buddy) and Glen Sorrel of Austin, TX; grandchildren Chandler Hatchett (Franklin), Cathlyn Davis (Michael), and Shelby Sorrel of Austin, TX, Lindsey Harness (Chris) of Waco, TX, Claire Baker (Clint), Carly Cody (Sam) of Dallas, TX, and Marcial Jones of Fort Worth, TX; and five great-grandchildren.
Charlotte’s family is planning to celebrate her life with a memorial service on November 13, 2021 at the home of Ginny and Buddy Jones – 3211 Stratford Hills Lane in Austin, TX. Her family asks that everyone in attendance wear green and gold to honor her love for Baylor. Her family-only burial service will be in Pinecrest Memorial Park in Little Rock, Arkansas. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Brendon Chase Mooney Memorial Endowed Scholarship Fund at Baylor University by visiting https://bbis.baylor.edu/give and typing Brendon Chase Mooney in the fund search bar.
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Charlotte Ann Sorrel
George (Ricky) Taylor
September 24, 2021
Loved her so much. Never a doubt she loved me. Her laugh was so contagious, so filling. Full of happiness. It’s what made Charlotte strong to me. From playing golf with her and my brother Benny at Hickory Creek to eating catfish at Cock of the Walk and gathering at Aunt Iris’ and Uncle Glens home in Arkansas and at Mother’s and Dad’s. I will cherish all of the memories. Until we meet again. ❤️❤️❤️
September 23, 2021
Charlotte was such a lovely lady who I have the fondest memories of. Her love of life & her family were paramount to her & such a wonderful sense of humor. Another one of the greatest generation has left us. She left a profound impact on educating the youth & was a inspiration to everyone who knew her. I will miss her greatly & know she is holding Trey in her arms now with such a smile on her face. May she Rest In Peace. 🙏