James B. Sorrent

James B. Sorrent

Passed: February 05, 2024
Dunbar, WV

James B. Sorrent

Passed: February 05, 2024
Dunbar, WV


James B. Sorrent – or “Jim” to most – greeted loved ones in the next life on February 5, 2024.

Jim indisputably lived life to the fullest and was slowed only by the ugly illness that is dementia. He was loyal, caring, and generous. He, like his brother Dominick “Dom” Sorrent who passed in February 2022, loved nothing more than his family, friends, and his Catholic faith. He no doubt was welcomed by the many that passed before him, including Dom and their mother and father.

Jim is survived by his sister, Stephanie, and brother, Joe. He is also survived by other beloved family, such as the Giusti cousins and his nieces, nephews, and great nephews: Amanda, Nicole, Katie, Josiah, Holly, Julian, Noah, Nick, Grayson, Xavier, Maddie, Carley, and Gus. Jim’s family was not just blood, it extended to friends like Cindy Sturm, Matt Henson, Joey Jobst, David Stern and Father Donald “Don” Higgs.

Jim’s Catholic faith ran deep. He loved his Church and those within it. His faith enriched his life, and it breathed through his actions of kindness and service. After graduating from Marshall University, Jim went on to serve as an educator and school counselor in the Kanawha County school system. With a smile on his face, he frequently recalled the wonderful students he met and staff with whom he worked. He wished nothing more than to support others on their journey through life, encouraging them to make the most of it, and reminding them to be proud of their efforts.

His love of Church led him to Italy, the origin of his family’s existence. His passions – beyond Church and family – included travel and playing bridge. He wanted to see the world; and to him, sometimes, that meant setting out to Florida, Ohio, Kentucky, or wherever his family was. He walked this Earth with purpose and shared joy everywhere he went.

Jim’s smile lit up any room he entered, and his soul warmed anyone he encountered. He loved to make people laugh, sharing silly jokes and riddles. Even those he told time and again never got old. And now, they, along with many other cherished memories, will transcend his time with us, being retold to others using his name. He will be sorely missed but fondly remembered.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, February 10, 2024, at the Basilica of the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, 1114 Virginia Street East, Charleston, West Virginia, with the Very Rev. Father Donald X. Higgs officiating. Following Mass, burial will be held at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, 5251 Robert C. Byrd Drive, Beckley, West Virginia.

A celebration of Jim’s life will take place from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Friday, February 9, 2024, at Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home, 1118 Virginia Street East, Charleston, West Virginia.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Basilica of the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart or South Charleston High School.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.barlowbonsall.com.

Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home has been entrusted with arrangements.

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22 responses to James B. Sorrent

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  1. Jim was a dear friend of our mother, Joan and joined our many of our family gatherings over the years.. We always enjoyed his company, his friendship, and his happy disposition. He brought smiles where ever he went and was so very generous with his time and caring. We have many happy memories of our times with him and will miss him. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  2. Rhon says:

    Such a wonderful person! I did not know him as a teacher, but I can see from all the responses that he was very well respected.
    As you know, my time getting to know him was later in life and even though he was going through so much. I could see his wonderful personality come through each day, along with that smile.
    My deepest condolences to the family.

  3. I had Mr. Sorrent for Geometry at SCJHS, but I also had a computer class with Mr. Sorrent when computers in the schools were a brand new thing. When I spotted Mr. Sorrent on Facebook, I tried to connect, but perhaps it was too late for him to engage. I understand. My father has Alzheimer’s.

    I wanted to let Mr. Sorrent know I have had a nice career in computer programming thanks in part to his early involvement in teaching a computer class and runing a small lab of Atari 800 computers.

    I see that I am one of many Mr. Sorrent helped along the way. What a great legacy. Thank you, sir.

  4. We have lost a wonderful friend, duplicate partner and opponent, and Marshall enthusiast. You have been with the Lord, and the Lord is with you. Our sympathy to your entire family.
    Tom and Lucille McClure

  5. Alice Snead says:

    I was so saddened to learn of the passing of Mr. Sorrent. What a wonderful obit for him. He was a wonderful teacher and person. My condolences to his family and friends. Rest in peace Sir. Alice McNealy Snead

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