Howard Sorrells 

Born in Hiram, Georgia, Howard Sorrells moved to Arcadia, Florida in his childhood years. He would later graduate from the University of Florida with a B.A. in business administration in 1951. He moved to Atlanta, Georgia to open and operate Sorrells & Chapman (a wholesale business that sold citrus and watermelon in the off-season) for six years; returning to the family packing house in Arcadia, Florida in 1957.

Howard Sorrells served in leadership positions in both the Florida Watermelon Association and the National Watermelon Association from 1968-1980. Howard also served on the School Board of DeSota County and its chairman from 1971-1973.

He was appointed to the Florida Citrus Commission from 1991-1998 and was inducted into the Florida Citrus Hall of Fame in 2010.