Reverse Parade Will Honor Retiring Pediatrician Dr. George Sorrells

(BEDFORD) – On June 6, from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m., the community will celebrate the retirement of Bedford Pediatrician Dr. George Sorrells with a reverse parade. Dr. Sorrells has served the children of Lawrence County for more than 55 years.

Dr. George Sorrells

Hosted by Steve Miller, Ric Olson, Pam Evans, Dr. Jim Sowders, and Camp Manager Chuck Bair, the event will take place at the Bedford Camp and Conference Center. The camp is one of Dr. Sorrells’ loves along with the children he has treated over the years.

The parade will serve as a kickoff of a $350,000 fundraising effort to upgrade the Bedford Camp and Conference Center, which is one of Bedford’s best-kept secrets, and which Dr. Sorrells is one of its biggest champions.

The Bedford Camp and Conference Center at 33 Church Camp Road. The wooded grounds of 70 acres overlook the East Fork of the White River. Scenic vistas from Overlook Lodge and the Vespers Spot inspire the soul and draw the heart closer to God. The camp is open year-round.

Since the pandemic started right as Dr. Sorrells retired, the group felt the public didn’t have the proper opportunity to thank him so they came up with the idea of a reverse parade.

“Today was our last appointment with Dr. George Sorrells. As sad as I feel. I feel so happy and truly blessed that he took Calvin on as a patient 3 years ago. He is such a wonderful and caring man. He has eased my worries and always made me feel like I was doing good at this parenting thing. Every single office visit ended with ‘You’re doing a mighty fine job’ or ‘You’re doing great mom and dad'” – Post by Yvette Holguin – Facebook

So instead of a sit-down dinner at the Camp’s beautiful lodge, people will tour the scenic camp from the comfort of their car; be entertained with calliope music from Ron Bell; receive a hot dog, chips, and drink in the drive-through picnic; and drive by and thank Dr. Sorrells for his 55 years of dedication to the children of southern Indiana.

Dr. George Sorells and nurse Abby Booth. “I won’t get to hear him say ‘Abigail!’ anymore. I won’t get to hear him say ‘that’s rarer than teeth in a chicken!’ anymore. I type this through tears in my eyes and my heart physically hurts. I am so grateful that I got to be his nurse for a small fraction of his 50+ years of practice. He loves his patients. I don’t say that lightly. He LOVES them. ALL.OF.THEM. I’m convinced he would work 24 hours a day if he could. The children are his world. I love watching his face light up when a child presents him with a special drawing. Or when they wave and say ‘bye Dr. Sorrells!’ and he blows them a kiss. Or when they run up and hug him and he hugs them with everything he has. They adore him.” Post by Abby Booth – Facebook.

All his former patients and coworkers are encouraged to attend to thank him for his service.

Gifts are discouraged, but in the tradition of the legacy he has left for caring for children, people may donate to the Camp renovation fund which is another way Dr. Sorrells will continue to help the children of Indiana and beyond. 

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