Alton Boyd SoRell

Alton “Boyd” SoRell, R. N. passed away surrounded by loving family and friends, on the evening of February 26, 2014. Boyd was born and raised in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas.

It was during the first 20 years of his life that he developed a love and expertise for agriculture and learned the value of hard work, laboring with his father on the family farm. He graduated from Rio Hondo High School and attended Texas A&I University, but left college when he found a greater calling as a peace corps volunteer. Boyd’s Peace Corps experience, beginning in Dakar, Senegal, included traveling to many west and central African countries; there he utilized the skills and experience gained from working with his father. Boyd managed over 100K acres of farm crops and was dedicated and committed to helping the African people.

His service in the peace corps ended and he pursued his interest in medicine, became a nurse and worked in that profession for over 30 years. Boyd was a caring, skilled and diligent medical professional whose fascination for and pursuit of knowledge in medicine never wavered. Boyd enjoyed, most, the challenge of critical care nursing and helped many people of all ages throughout his career.

He had a deep and abiding love for nature and loved, especially, the mountains of Colorado and hunting trips with his father. One of his greatest passions was flying light planes. Boyd had many interests and skills that he used, often, to help others. He will be remembered as a compassionate, creative and caring human being and for his lively sense of humor and witty remarks. We are very grateful for the time we had with him and for his presence in our lives. He will be remembered fondly and with much love as a devoted and loving husband, father, son and faithful friend.

Boyd is predeceased by his mother, Marjorie Mae; his grandmother and grandfather, Myrtle and Cecil Lynn; grandmother and grandfather, Marjorie and Alton and step-grandmother, Kathryn.

Boyd is survived by his wife, Laurie; daughters, Brenna, Rachel and Myriah and her spouse, Bryan; father, Cecil Ray; a brother, Thomas; a brother, Russell and his spouse, Jan; a sister Cynthia and her spouse, Darrell; a sister, Vikki and her spouse, John; numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial service celebrating Boyd’s life will be held on March 29, 2014 at 2pm at Friends Congregational Church in College Station, TX. Donations honoring Boyd’s memory may be made to Friends Congregational Church.

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  1. I feel blessed having gotten to know Boyd, if only for what seems a very short time.
    I will miss all the funny stories he would share and his contagious laughter. I pray for comfort and peace for the SoRell family. Rest in peace Boyd,you will forever be missed!

  2. Boyd was my night nurse the day before my surgery and for several days afterward. He was truly one of the great ones. When anxiety kicked in he was there to reassure me that I was going to be fine. When my blood sugar dropped he was there with cake and milk from the nurses station. And when I couldn’t sleep he was always there to talk hunting with me. My only regret is that he didn’t show up at my house the day after my release to take me to Colorado with him. It was my pleasure to have known him for those few days he will be missed.

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