William "Bill" James OrrMarch 25, 1933 ~ August 21, 2017 (age 84)
William J. Orr Sr. (Bill) passed away Monday, August 21st, 2017 at his home in Georgetown, Texas. Bill was born in Chattanooga TN, March 25th, 1933. His parents moved to Nicholson, GA when he was a small child to help his mother's parents with their general store and Texaco station. Growing up just outside of Athens, GA he was accepted into the University of Georgia where he met his future wife Charlotte Ray. At UGA Bill was a member of Pi Kappa Phi fraternity. Shortly after college he was inducted into the U.S. Army and given an all-expense paid trip to Europe. He landed a choice assignment, Inspector General's staff, which entailed travel to bases all over Europe. This fueled the desire for travel he was fortunate to pursue later in life. Upon returning to the civilian world he was recruited into Goodyear's retail store program which led him and his newly wed wife, Charlotte to Dalton and eventually Rossville. He later went to work for McWhorter, Weaver & Co. in the wholesale television and appliance business where he advanced to Vice-President. In 1972 he left to form his own company, G T Distributors, a supplier of law enforcement equipment. Under his management it grew to where it is today with over 100 employees and four locations. Bill was a member of F&AM Masonic Lodge #397 in Rossville. As his career allowed later, he traveled extensively both as a tourist and wing shooter on four continents.
Bill was preceded in death his parents Thelma and Fred Orr, Nicholson GA, wife Charlotte Ray Orr, Chattanooga, TN, and Son In Law Ken Stansell, Perdido Key FL.
Survived by Son, Jim Orr (Dee Dee), Round Rock, TX, daughter Lori Stansell, Perdido Key FL, Grandchildren Trey Stansell (Lindsay) Signal Mountain, TN, Will Stansell, Chattanooga, TN, Mary Morrow (Josh), Tomball, TX and Katie Orr, Round Rock, TX.
Funeral services will be 12:30 PM Friday in the funeral home chapel. Interment will follow at Chattanooga National Cemetery.
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The family will receive friends 5-8 PM Thursday at Heritage Funeral Home, Battlefield Parkway.