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John Robert Orr

John Robert Orr

Posted: Monday, April 12, 2010 3:46 pm

The Messenger, April 12, 2010
Completed arrangements are being announced for John Robert Orr, 87, of Hornbeak, who died April 9, 2010, at his home.
Services were 2 p.m. Sunday at White-Ranson Funeral Home, with the Rev. Robert Johnson officiating. Burial followed in Antioch Cemetery near Hornbeak.
Pallbearers were Ronald Baker, Kenneth Sanders, Chad Baker, Josh Murphy, Pete Burpo and Seth Johnson. Honorary pallbearers were Boyd Clanton, Scott Clanton, Tim Doyle, Billy Corcoran, Wayne Cranford, Ricky Cranford, Kenneth Orr, Homer Orr and Jack Orr.
The family requests that memorials be made to Antioch Cemetery Association, 1824 Oak Ridge Road, Obion, TN 38240.
He was born Sept. 12, 1922, in Obion County, son of the late James Pinkney and Edna Earl (Barnes) Orr. He married the former Opal Beachum Aug. 8, 1942. She survives. He was a retired cattle buyer and farmer and had also worked for 30 years for the Obion County Soil Conservation District. He was a member of Antioch Baptist Church near Hornbeak and was a member of the Hornbeak Water Board. He had been president of Obion County Senior Citizens group and for 40 years was a member of Reelfoot Indian Creek Watershed Board. He was also vice mayor and an alderman for the City of Hornbeak. He had been president of Antioch Cemetery Board for 51 years and was also a member of Hornbeak City Cemetery Board.
Reelfoot Indian Creek Site 17 Dam was dedicated to him.
Survivors also include two daughters and sons-in-law, Pam and Ronald Baker of Union City and Paula and Kenneth Sanders of Obion; six grandchildren and their spouses, Chad and Kim Baker of Oakland, Blake Murphy and Josh Murphy, both of South Fulton, and Brooke Niper, Lauri and Tab Ragsdale and Jeni Sanders, all of Union City; six great-grandchildren, Olivia Baker of Oakland, Allison Murphy of South Fulton and Natalie Williams, Mathew Cummings, Chase Ragsdale and Will Ragsdale, all of Union City.
He was also preceded in death by six brothers and six sisters.
Condolences may be sent to the family at the funeral home Web site: www.white-ranson.com.

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