Clyde "Rocky" Sorrell, Jr.
December 4, 1951 - January 2, 2019
Clyde "Rocky" Sorrell, Jr. passed away in New Orleans, LA on Wednesday, January 2, 2019, at the age of 67. He was born on December 4, 1951 in Tacoma Park, Maryland to the late Clyde Herbert Sorrell, Sr. and Virginia Lovick Sorrell. He is also preceded in death by his late aunt, Hazel Saul. Rocky is survived by his wife Dr. Gale Naquin Sorrell; children Clyde "Rocky" Sorrell III and Dr. Margaret Virginia Sorrell and husband Dr. Reeder Robinson; step-children Clint Szubinski and wife Kimberly, Ryan Szubinski and wife Hannah, and Jaclyn Dufrene and husband Brad; sister Dr. Paula Jules Sorrell and husband Dr. Robert Johnson; grandchild Connor, step-grandchildren Kyla, Tate, Liam, Aiden, Ryland, Logan, Gavin and Emrie.
Rocky graduated from Virginia Tech in 1973 and University of Virginia Law School in 1976. His legal career spanned many years as a practicing attorney. He practiced with Miller, Miller & Canby, of Rockville, and then went on to become the County Attorney for Montgomery County Maryland, where he gained a faithful following. He was a partner at Hogan & Hartson, LLP from 1990-2000. After that time up to his retirement in 2017, Rocky served as Montgomery College's General Council where he constructed a solid legal foundation upon which the college now relies. Rocky was awarded the Silver Medallion in recognition of service to the college and community. Rocky was a member of the Maryland and District of Columba Bar Associations.
In 2005, Rocky visited New Orleans and subsequently fell in love with the city that he has called home for the past 14 years. Embracing the city and its' people, culture and fine food, Rocky quickly became an active community member. He has been a member of the Historic Preservation Society of New Orleans, Ogden Museum, Charter member of the WWII Museum, a Saints season ticket holder and a Duke in the Knights of Babylon. Friends, family and by-passers could often see Rocky celebrating for Saints events and in full regal Mardi Gras attire as "King of the Avenue".
Relatives and friends were invited to attend the Memorial Mass in the Chapel of Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home, 5100 Pontchartrain Blvd. New Orleans, Louisiana on Thursday, January 10, 2018 at 11:00am. Visitation began at 9:00am. Interment followed in All Saints Mausoleum in Metairie Cemetery.
Friends and colleagues were invited to attend an open house on February 9, 2019, from 3pm to 6pm at his Maryland home, located at 20800 Goshen Rd., Gaithersburg, MD.
Rocky was one of a kind; a great friend and capable colleague and he will be greatly missed.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to The Brees Dream Foundation, www.drewbrees.com. The family invites you to share your thoughts, fond memories, and condolences online at www.lakelawnmetairie.com.