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Willie J. Orr, Sr.

March 20, 1947 ~ February 27, 2022 (age 74)

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To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven…

A Time to Be Born:

We enter this world from “The Great Unknown” and God gives each spirit a form of its own. He endows this form with a heart and a soul to spur man on to his ultimate goal. Willie James Orr Sr. was born March 20, 1947, in Hampton County to the late Isaiah and the late Bessie Jenkins Orr.

A Time to Live:

“WJ” attended the public schools of Hampton County and graduated from Estill Training School in 1964. He later attended Orangeburg Technical College and received an Associate Degree in Business. He then went to the University of South Carolina and received his Bachelor’s Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies. “WJ” was married to Sara Owens Orr for over 52 years and this union was blessed with five sons.

A Time to Serve:

“WJ” service to his country began when he joined the United States Army during the Vietnam War earning the rank of Sergeant. He continued his service by becoming a member of Sweetrose Baptist Church and serving as a Trustee and Sunday School Teacher until his health failed. “WJ” would serve his community throughout his life in varies capacities: Chairman of the First Elected African American Board of Trustees for Hampton School District 2, where he received numerous awards; as well as the construction of Estill High School. He served as campaign manager for Hampton County’s First Elected African American Sheriff, Rudy Loadholt and SC House of Representative, Doug McTeer. He also served on the Technical College of the Lowcountry Board. “WJ” was employed for forty four years at Westinghouse, Hampton, SC, which later became International Paper, Nevamar, and Panalam industries.

A Time to Die:

For all men are born to return as they came, and birth and death are in essence the same. He departed this life on Sunday, February 27, 2022, at his home.

A Time to Mourn:

He leaves to Cherish his fond memories and carry on his legacy: a devoted wife of the home, Sara Owens Orr; five sons, Willie “JJ” (Patrice) Orr, Cotherious Orr, Stacy (Shameka) Orr, Timothy (Altresia) Orr, and Jonathan Orr; granddaughters, Timonika, Princess, Amara, and Amber; grandsons, Kysim, Altravian, Timothy Jr, Cotherious Jr, Shamon, Jeremy, and Stacy Jr.; great-grandchildren, Karson, Layla, Ryan, and Jayden; two brothers, Ben (Vera) Orr and Glenn (Deborah) Orr; two sisters, Dr. Lillie Rose (David) Walker and Vivian (Jerry) Gordan; sister-in- law, Loran (Johnny) Wright; a host of loving nieces and nephews, cousins and caring friends.

A Time to Rejoice:

“Far beyond this world in beauty there lives the purpose of death, which is but to gain life everlasting in God’s great domain… and no one makes this journey alone, because God has promised to take care of His own. Death bursts our chrysalis of clay, “so that our soul is free to soar toward eternity to dwell in peace with thee.” 

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 Service Program


March 5, 2022

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Martin Funeral Home Chapel
161 Clarke Avenue South
Estill, SC 29918

Graveside Service
March 6, 2022

12:00 PM
Cypress Creek Cemetery
Cypress Creek Road
Pineland, SC 29934

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