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Othel ""O.H."" or ""Pop"" Houston Sorrels
July 7, 1920-Jan. 22, 2013
Othel Houston Sorrels Sr., known to family and friends simply as ""O.H."" or ""Pop,"" passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013 at San Juan Regional Medical Center. O.H. was born July 7, 1920 in Sardis, Okla., to Joseph Louis Sorrels and his wife, Lula Mae.
O.H. was the seventh son of nine siblings. After high school graduation, he met and married Druscilla Pauline Nelson in Antlers, Okla. ""Polly,"" as he called his wife, preceded him in death in 2008 after 70 years of marriage.
A veteran of the Navy, O.H. served in the Construction Battalion in the Pacific Theater during WWII. After his service had ended, O.H. worked with a private contractor as a surveyor on the island of Okinawa. Upon return to the United States in 1947, he began a long career with El Paso Natural Gas Co. Retiring after 35 years, he worked as a private consultant and inspector for various pipeline companies. During his long career in the oil and gas industry, he was a pioneer in pipe lining and corrosion prevention and was Construction Superintendent on a number of bridges in San Juan County.
O.H. was an avid fisherman, elk hunter and horseman, enjoying horseback excursions and hunting trips. Pop enjoyed telling stories and jokes, especially on himself. He also enjoyed the company of his extensive family and friends. O.H. was a Mason and a past member of Animas Lodge #15. He and Pauline were active members of the Royal Order of the Eastern Star, serving as Worthy Patron and Worthy Matron.
Together, O.H. and Pauline, had five children, Paula Sue, Othel ""Butch"" Houston Jr., Judy Elizabeth, Stephen Nelson and Joseph David.
They have 12 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and nine great-great-grandchildren.
A funeral service will be 10 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 26, at the First United Presbyterian Church, 865 N. Dustin Ave. in Farmington.
Cope Memorial Chapel
404 West Arrington Street
Farmington, NM 87401
Published in Farmington Daily Times from Jan. 23 to Jan. 31, 2013