James Edmund Orr, Jr.


James Edmund Orr Jr (Jim) of Atlanta, Georgia, Seabrook Island, South Carolina, Catonsville Maryland, and Garden City, New York, entered into eternal rest of August 24th just prior to his 99th birthday.

Jim was born to James Edmund Orr and Clara Buttner Orr, the children of immigrants, in Brooklyn,  on September 22nd, 1923. He was raised in Garden City, graduated from the University of Delaware with a degree in Chemical Engineering and worked in the nonferrous metals business as a salesman, regional manager, and national sales manager for Revere Copper and as an owner of a metal distributorship in Hauppauge.

He served as a US Army Combat Engineer in the European Theatre of Operations in World War II. In his youth he was active in Boy Scouts and supported the BSA as his sons participated. 

He was predeceased by his parents and his wife of 62 years, Bettye Barton Orr, of Rome Georgia. He is survived by his sons James E. Orr III (Janet) and Carl B. Orr (Kathy), six grandchildren, Carl Barton Orr Jr. (Marcie), James E. Orr IV (Sharon), Matthew Thomas Orr, David Charles Orr (Sharon), John Edmund Orr (Gina), and Julia Katharine Orr, and seven greatgrandchildren Thomas Matthew Orr, Stella Rose Orr, Carly Elizabeth Orr, Simone Mae Orr, David Charles Orr Jr, Madison Carlie Orr, and Lauren Valesska Orr.

Jim was an athlete from his earliest years, playing football and baseball in high school and soccer in college. He was lifelong golfer and became a sailing aficionado in midlife. In his lifetime he belonged to several golf and sailing clubs including Seabrook Island, Cherry Valley Country Club, Garden City Golf Club, Seawanhaka Yacht Club, and Turf Valley Country Club.

Beyond sports, he had a lifetime interest in music, especially anything involving the brass instruments and jazz, from Dixieland to contemporary. 

Funeral services will be held at his church, Christ Church Episcopal in Norcross, Georgia on Saturday, September 24th, at 11:00 am with a reception immediately following at The Crossing Steakhouse in Norcross. Friends and family are all invited.

In lieu of flowers the family is requesting donations to Neighborhood Cooperative Ministries (Norcross, Georgia) or St. Judes Childrens Research Hospital (Memphis, TN). 

His was a life well lived.


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