Burl Orr, 90, of Robbinsville, NC, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017, at Graham Health Care and Rehabilitation Facility in Robbinsville.
A native of Graham County, he was the son of the late Jake and Ethel Stratton Orr. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three of his siblings: brothers, Hubert Orr and Rev. Jay Orr; and sister, Patsy Orr Martin.
Burl was a graduate of Robbinsville High School and a veteran of the U.S. Army. He lived and worked in Fontana Village for many years before moving back to Robbinsville, where he worked in a number of different positions, including insurance and furniture sales. After retiring, Burl continued to stay active, delivering Meals on Wheels and working at the Senior Center. A longtime member of Robbinsville First Baptist Church, Burl served as a deacon for many years. He loved to sing and was a member of the choir and also a founding member of the Robbinsville Quartet. Burl was a 60+ year member and past master of Robbinsville Masonic Lodge; he was also a 60+ year member and past patron of Robbinsville Eastern Star Chapter.
Burl will be remembered for his strong Christian faith, his outgoing nature and kindness toward others, and his love and devotion for his family and friends.
He is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Annette Millican Orr; his devoted daughter, Amy Orr Hobbs, and son-in-law, Alan Hobbs; brother, Lamar Orr, of Knoxville; sister, Willa Mae Orr Carringer, of Robbinsville; brother-in-law, Bill Millican, of New Smyna Beach, FL; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 26, at the Townson-Smith Chapel. Burl’s nephews, Rev. Tommy Joe Martin and Dr. Jerry Carringer, officiated. Masonic rites were conducted by Robbinsville Masonic Lodge #672. The family received friends at the Chapel from 5 until 7 p.m., prior to the service. Committal services were held at Lone Oak Cemetery at 11 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 27, where there was a flag presentation by the NC National Guard Honor Guard.
Donations may be made in Burl’s memory to Robbinsville Lodge #672, PO Box 68, Robbinsville, NC, in support of Masonic charities.
Townson-Smith Funeral Home was honored to be serving the Orr family. An online register is available at www.townson-smithfuneralhome.com.