George Cross Orr

Friday, January 13, 2012

George Cross Orr, 82, of Tullahoma, passed away on Friday, Jan. 6, 2012.

Born May 7, 1929, in Farmington, Orr was the son of William Newton and Rhessa Cross Orr. After graduating from Forrest School, Orr joined the United States Air Force in 1948, serving 21 years with tours of duty in the United States and Europe. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War. Orr retired as Senior Master Sergeant in 1970, returned to Tullahoma with his family, and became a Realtor with Lewis Real Estate Co., which he purchased in 1972. He formed Lewis-Orr Realty where he served as managing broker and principal auctioneer until 1989. He later opened George C. Orr Realty & Auction Co. where he worked until his retirement in 2011.

Mr. Orr attended Texas Christian University, the University of Maryland, and was a graduate of Nashville Auction School, the Realtor's Institute and the Certified Auction Institute of Indiana University. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Tullahoma.

He was a charter member of the Tullahoma Downtown Lions Club and a charter member of the Noon Rotary Club. He was a past president of the Tullahoma Chamber of Commerce, a life member and former vice commander of the Tullahoma American Legion, and a life member of the VFW. Mr. Orr was also a life member of the Air Force Association and a charter member of the Air Force Sergeants Association. He served as vice chairman of the Board of Directors for the Air Force Enlisted Men's Widows and Dependents Home Foundation in Shalimar, Fla. He also served as chairman of the Coffee County Tax Equalization Board and chairman of the Board of Directors of the Elk River Public Utility District. Mr. Orr served as mayor of Tullahoma from 1982 to 1986.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Laura Gibson Orr; daughters, Brenda (Tom) Eddlemon of Hermitage and Rhessa Orr of Tullahoma; son, John (Karen) Orr of Tullahoma; grandchildren, Sarah Orr of Winchester, Mary Frances Eddlemon (John) Abernathy of Anchorage, Alaska, John Eddlemon of Washington, D.C., Erin Schwartz of Seattle, Wash., and Jay Garrick of Tullahoma; and one great-grandson, Thomas Abernathy.

He is also survived by his sister, Ruth Orr London of Cornersville, and numerous nieces and nephews.

A celebration of his life was held on Monday, Jan. 9. Interment with military honors was held at Temple Cemetery in Farmington on Thursday, Jan. 12.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Partners for Healing in Tullahoma, Trinity Adult Care Center in Tullahoma, or the charity of your choice.

Daves-Culbertson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.