Leila “Ann” Sorrell Verble
By Kim Swindell Wood | April 15, 2019 8:01 am
Leila “Ann” Sorrell Verble, 88, of Sparta, passed away April 14, 2019, after a short illness.
Mrs. Verble was born June 21, 1930, in the Taft Community of White County, to Carroll Sorrell and Lenora Taft Sorrell.
She met Robert Douglas Verble, at Tennessee Tech, and they married Sept. 29, 1950. She was a loving mother to their sons, Robert Andrew Verble and David Carroll Verble. Doug and Ann celebrated their 60th anniversary, in 2010.
Mrs. Verble was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; brothers, William Sorrell, John Sorrell; and her beloved sister, Martha Sorrell Hickey.
She obtained her B.A. and master’s degrees from Tennessee Technological University. Mrs. Verble taught English at White County High School for many years. She loved teaching and her students.
Mrs. Verble was a member of Central Church of Christ, in Sparta.
She was a member of the Rock House Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, a lifetime member of the White County Genealogical and Historical Society, and a member of the White County Retired Teachers Association. Mrs. Verble was an avid reader and birdwatcher.
Survivors include her sons, David Verble (Donna Kidd), of Sevierville, Robert Verble and wife Diana, of Sparta; grandchildren Andy Verble, Alexis (Andrew) Heady, Rhett Verble, Carrie (Jason) Strickland, Daniel Verble; great-grandchildren, Zoey Verble, Drew Verble, Eli Verble, Reagan Verble, Ryatt Verble, Grayson Strickland, Anniston Heady, Axl Heady, Ashley Gilley, Daniel Gilley: three step-grandchildren Kristina (Jon) Bennett, Stephanie (Adam) Ross, Robbie Birdwell: six step great-grandchildren, Kai Bennett, Kase Bennett, Sailor Bennett, Asher Ross, Annalise Ross, Atticus Ross; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Funeral service will be at 1 p.m., April 17, 2019, at Hunter Funeral Home, with burial in Old Zion Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be 4-8 p.m., April 16, at the funeral home.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Hunter Funeral Home.