Sunday wreck claims life of Oneonta woman


A wreck on Alabama 75 near AutoZone claimed the life of Sheila Sorrow, 62, of Oneonta. The Sunday, May 19, fatality occurred when the car driven by Sorrow left the road and struck a power pole.

Sorrow worked at the Blount County Correctional Facility as the nutritionist for the past three years. According to Blount County Sheriff Mark Moon, Sorrow loved her job, treated the inmates with dignity, and was looking forward to the new kitchen. He said, “She was a big part of our team. She will be greatly missed both personally and professionally.” Moon said to Sorrow the inmates were not just inmates, they were human beings, and it will be hard to fill her shoes.

Capt. Ron Adkins concurred with Moon. He said, “We will never be able to replace her.” He reminisced about when Sorrow was hired, and through perseverance, obtained her nutritionist certification through Auburn University. Adkins said because of the way Sorrow treated the inmates as human beings, many kitchen workers would work many hours per day without any complaints.

Office manager Fran Frengel worked closely with Sorrow. She said, “I’ve never known anyone who was more conscientious and giving than Sheila. She gave many hours to the Sheriff’s Department that wasn’t required.”

While the loss of Sorrow has created a huge void, Moon wanted to honor her memory in a special way. Arrangements were made to carry out her memorial service with law enforcement honors. Jefferson County Honor Guard attended the May 21 service at Lemley Chapel.

Oneonta Police Department is investigating the wreck, and no official information was available at press time.