Jerry Douglas Orr, 73, of Sapphire, NC, passed away on Monday, December 23, 2019 at the Charles George V.A. Medical Center in Asheville, surrounded by family, after a courageous battle with cancer. He is survived by his loving wife of 46 years, Barbara Johnson Orr; their children, Jerry “Jay” Orr II and Victoria Gillette of Hot Springs, AR; Jordon Orr and wife Shannon of Charlotte, NC, and Sarah Mancusi and husband Vincent of Nixa, MO; grandchildren Abigail Mancusi, Teddy and Hudson Orr; and brother Steve Orr and wife Sara and sister Karen Johnson and husband Jerry.
Born in Oakland California, he was the son of the late Glenn Jay and Ruth Evans Orr. Living in Jonesboro, AR most of his life, he was a 1964 graduate of Jonesboro High School. Jerry was a Sigma Pi at Arkansas State University where he received a B.S. in Biology in 1969 and then joined the Army by completing OCS training at Ft. Sill, OK. Among other recognitions, he received a Bronze Star for his sacrifice in Vietnam. Upon his return, his last military service was as a member of the staff and faculty at the United States Military Academy in West Point, NY. A businessman in Jonesboro for over 40 years, Jerry enjoyed working hard for his family and employees. A highlight of his career was being selected as the chairman of the Arkansas Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial.
The family would like to thank the Charles George V.A. Medical Center hospice wing for their excellent care.
A private burial was held Friday, December 27, 2019 at the Blue Ridge Gardens of Memory in Pisgah Forest, NC. The family is planning to hold a memorial service in Jonesboro, AR with time and date to be determined. Announcements will be made via www.moore-fh.com and social media.
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