Doug Rorex, the former pastor of First United Methodist Church (UMC) in Grayville died July 8 in a scuba diving accident in Florida. He was 68. Officials said Rorex was cave diving at Merritt's Mill Pond near Marianna, Florida when he drowned. Cave rescue diver Edd Sorensen said Rorex was found about 80 feet down, wearing an empty tank. Sorensen added that Rorex had been diving a cave known as “The Hole in the Wall” when he ran out of air about 150 feet from the cave's entrance. His death has been ruled an accident.
Clyde Douglas “Doug” Rorex was appointed to the Grayville Methodist church in 1980 and served there for 14 years. During his time at Grayville, he also assisted the Presbyterian Church by serving communion and sharing worship services. He took part part in community theater through the Grayville Community Arts Association, served as a substitute school bus driver, and as an emergency medical technician for Grayville and Carmi Emergency Medical Service departments. He was later assigned to the First United Methodist Church in Fairfield where he served from 1998 – 2011. Rev. Rorex retired to Marianna, Florida in 2017 after serving as Superintendent of the LaMoine River District of the United Methodist Church. Before serving the Methodist Church, Rorex was ordained in the American Baptist Church and served pastorates in New Albany, Indiana and as an associate pastor at First Baptist Church in Murphysboro. His service as a pastor spanned 40 years.
Born in Jonesboro, Arkansas, he is survived by his wife Linda Jane Diggs Rorex of Marianna, Florida; two brothers-in-law; two sisters-in-law; seven nephews and many extended family members and friends.
A memorial service for Doug Rorex will be held at a later date at the First United Methodist Church in Marianna Florida. The James & Sikes Funeral Home Maddox Chapel in Marianna, Florida is in charge of all the arrangements.