RC “Vernon” Sherrell, 91, passed away in a Modesto hospital on Sept. 20, 2021.
He was born in Calico Rock, Ark., to parents Aaron and Effie Sherrell who both preceded him in death. RC was the last living sibling of his family of four brothers and three sisters.
In 1942, the “young man went west” at the age of 12 with 16 family members in one old pickup truck. He quit school before graduating to go to work to help support the family. RC was a “jack-ofall trades” and worked at various companies: a glass company washing gallon jugs; Sunmaid Raisins packing raisins; Pinedale Cotton & Compress running a switch engine; Montgomery Ward assembling and deliver farm machines; San Joaquin Rock & Sand driving trucks; Clovis Ready Mix delivering cement; Madera County Sheriff’s Office in Oakhurst; and wrangling for Lester Bisset in Raymond.
RC was also part owner of several businesses: Sherrell Brothers Tree Service, Sherrell Brothers Pump Service and Sherrell Brothers Lumber Co. RC would also train horses for riding and he had an equine breeding service for his appaloosa “Bandaid.”
RC married Esther Lorenson in 1950 and had two children: Vernon Lynn whom they lost in 1993 because of a construction accident, and Pam Marie. RC and Esther were divorced in 1972. He was then married to Ruby Taylor in 1975 until her death in 2007 and then RC was married to Philomene Schultz in 2012 until her death in 2019.
RC is survived by his daughter Pamela Marie and her husband Art Morris of Selma, Calif; five grandchildren: Misty Dart of North Carolina, Scott Sherrell of North Carolina, RC Sherrell of California, Melissa Sherrell of Georgia and Kyle Sherrell of California. He is also survived by 12 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren with one on the way.
RC love to hunt, mainly for deer but also for bear. He also loved riding horses and doing his cowboy thing. RC enjoyed going to yard sales and even had several when he lived in Mariposa. RC also enjoyed traveling as long as he didn’t have to fly. In his early years, he enjoyed team roping, camping, fishing, boating and water skiing.
A memorial service will be held on Friday, Dec. 3, 2021, at Sierra Funeral Chaper, 49269 Road 426 in Oakhurst starting at 11 a.m. Please dress casual or western. Remembrances in RC’s name can be made to the SPCA of Mariposa County, Box 671, Mariposa, CA 95338 (209-966-5275) or SPCA Fresno County, 103 Hughes, Fresno, CA 93705 (559-233-7722).