He was a native of Lee County, Virginia and had lived in Knoxville for the past 10 years. He was a member of the First Christian Church of Johnson City, TN. Dr. Orr was a retired educator, having served in various public school positions in Virginia, Kentucky and Tennessee. He earned degrees from Lincoln Memorial University, The University of Tennessee and The University of Kentucky. He was Director of the University of Kentucky's Ashland Center, Dean of the graduate school at Eastern Kentucky University and Professor and Chairman of the Department of Supervision and Administration at East Tennessee State University. In 1971 he was recognized as one of the Outstanding Educators of America. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge of Versailles, Kentucky.
Dr. Orr was preceded in death by his parents, Leonard and Mary Orr of Pennington Gap, Virginia; brother, Oscar Paul Orr of Knoxville, TN; sister, Ruby Orr Lewis of Pennington Gap, Virginia.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 71 years, Rena Edds Orr; daughters, Mary Anne Scott (Tal) of Surprise, Arizona and Bethany Kennemore of Knoxville, TN; granddaughters, Nancy Kirby (Chris), Lisa Scott (Jen), and Ami Coleman (Rhett); grandsons, Brad Kiser (Marianne) and Keith Scott; great-grandchildren, Zach, Sam and Ella Kirby, Mary Beth and Manning Coleman, Kayla and Megan Chambers, and Bryson Kiser; sister-in-law, Trudy Orr; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.
Dr. Orr's family would like to thank the staff of Shannondale Health and Rehab Center for their excellent and compassionate care over the last four years.
Family will receive friends Friday, 5:00-7:00 pm at Weaver's Chapel on Western Ave. in Knoxville, TN with service to follow. Rev. Steve Sherman officiating. Family and friends will meet 10:45 am Saturday at Lee Memorial Gardens in Woodway, Virginia for an 11:00 am interment Rev. Bob Richards of the First Christian Church of Pennington Gap, Virginia officiating.
Condolences are welcome at weaverfuneralservices.com.
Arrangements by Weaver Funeral Home.