OBITUARY

James "Jimmy" Edward Orr Jr.

October 4, 1935October 27, 2020

James Edward Orr Jr., known to everyone as Jimmy, was born in Seneca, South Carolina on October 4, 1935 to James Edward Orr Sr. and Margaret James Orr. He passed away after a long and eventful life on October 27, 2020, in Brunswick, Georgia.

Jimmy excelled in basketball, baseball and football at Seneca High School, and, although he first attended Clemson College on a basketball scholarship, went on to star as one of the Wally Boys at the University of Georgia. Jimmy was drafted by the Los Angeles Rams during his junior year at UGA. After graduation, he was traded to the Pittsburgh Steelers, where he played for three years. His electrifying performance made him an easy choice for UPI and Associated Press Rookie of the year in 1958. He went on to play for the Baltimore Colts, where he was a favorite receiver for Johnny Unitas; the right corner of the end zone at Baltimore’s Memorial Stadium was long nicknamed Orrsville and Orr’s Corner. He led the NFL in yards per reception three times, and set a record for most game-winning touchdown catches in a single season, a record which is still unbroken almost five decades later. He was named first team All-Pro. He enjoyed an outstanding thirteen year career including a victory at Super Bowl X.

Jimmy went into several business ventures after leaving the NFL, eventually retiring to the Georgia Coast, where he was active with his many friends playing golf, cards and the 19th hole. One of his proudest accomplishments during retirement was the hole in one he scored at Augusta. More than just an athlete and business man, however, Jimmy was a loving husband and father. He was funny, open hearted and full of great stories. He cherished his friends and generously supported many charitable causes.

He is survived by his wife, Maxine McLaren Orr, his daughter Julie Orr Hoover (Bob Green), his son James (Jay) Orr (Debbie), his brother Sam Orr (Margaret), grandchildren Caroline Hoover, Griffin Orr, Tommy Lehman, Taylor Lehman Gray, and Jessica Lehman, nieces Betsy Frazier, Kathryn Sabol, Emily Orr and Hannah Orr, and great-grandchildren Sanders Gray and Blakely Elizabeth Gray.

Visitation will be Friday evening from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at Edo Miller and Sons Funeral Home.

The funeral service will be at 11:00 am, Saturday, in the Chapel of Edo Miller and Sons Funeral Home with Reverend Whit Chapman officiating. Burial will be private.

Masks are required and all attendees are asked to social distance. No photos or videos, please.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a gift to Jimmy’s favorite charity, St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.

Services

  • Visitation

    Friday, October 30, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Saturday, October 31, 2020

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Linda L Stanfield Stanfield

November 7, 2020

I knew Jimmy from my church, Frederica Baptist. He was always smiling and giving hugs. One morning before church, I told him that I remembered him playing ball. I was a young mother when he played for Baltimore Colts. For some reason, his name and football card would always be in the pack of cards my children would buy. I was a football fan so I always cheered him on even though I didn't really know him. He thought I was kidding. The next week, he took my hand and handed me a gold piece. I didn't really look at it until after church. I thought perhaps it was something to do with football, maybe even about him, but no, Jimmy wasn't like that. It was a gold piece with Jesus' picture engraved on it. Thank you Jimmy for being so kind. We will miss you at church but will see you one day in heaven.
Linda Stanfield

Gene " Buck" Wilson WILSON

November 2, 2020

I was at UGA 55-58 and remember when Jimmy first came to the locker rooms for practice. Scrimmaged in practice with him many times. I'm from Roswell Ga and would see him at the Hot Spots in Atlanta over the years. We were initiated into the football Lettermen Club together along with another team mate from Carolina, Travis Vinesett, My career is in Aviation as an Airline Captain and Aviation Lawyer. With Jimmy's NFL career distance and time prevented frequent visits.

I suppose the last time I saw him and we talked was at the Wally Boys breakfast in Athens in 2018. Jimmy was my friend and I will miss him. Jimmy was successful and famous. Success makes you famous but KINDNESS makes you LEGENDARY. To me Jimmy was a CHAMPION. G Buck Wilson. '55-'58

noah cluster

October 31, 2020

Thanks for the memories at Memorial Stadium. Rest in Peace#28

Sandra King

October 30, 2020

I first met Jimmy Orr at the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame and have enjoyed his friendship and his wonderful stories for years. Jimmy was always one of the first to greet us on Hall of Fame weekend when we arrived at the hotel. He was normally “holding court” somewhere in the lobby. He was a great guy and will be missed greatly. Rest In Peace, Jimmy!

Sandra King

Bill Alford

October 30, 2020

I heard about the famous Jimmy Orr throughout my childhood from my uncle Neal Alford. “Coach Alford” recruited Jimmy to play for the Georgia Bulldogs many years ago.

When Coach passed away several years ago Jimmy attended his funeral and my wife and I had the chance to meet him . That was the start of a very special relationship. Jimmy and I spoke to each other almost every week since then.

I had the chance to chat with him briefly this past Sunday and so grateful he picked up. Jimmy I miss you and love you.

My thoughts and prayers are are with the Orr family and hope you find comfort in the love the Alford family is sending your way.

George Patton

October 30, 2020

Family: I am so sorry for everyone's loss.
I have had so much fun with Jimmy over the years whether it was playing golf or enjoying each others company at the Hall of fame.
I always look for his happy face at the hall , because I new we would have new things to talk and laugh about.
He was agreat football player but a better friend. He will be missed by all of us!!
Thanks for the oppurnity to get to know such a wonderful person.
Sincerly, George Patton Football Georgia 64, 65, 66

René J. Kuipers

October 30, 2020

Lots of Dutch condolences.

I did not know mister Orr personally but I heard about him through his god son Terry, who not only taught me everything I know about football, but also mentioned his uncle once was a great NFL player.

I am sorry for this loss and I pray and hope you will find the strength to remember the nice and cheerful moments with him.

Wendell Couch

October 30, 2020

Jimmy Orr lived life to the fullest. He was very active, loved golf and willing to share a story or two. A wonderful person and one of Georgia's sports heroes who's legacy will continue. Our condolences to the family during this most difficult time. RIP Jimmy Orr, you will always be remembered.

Wendell Couch

Alta & Bill Ploeger

October 30, 2020

Our hearts are heavy because we have lost a friend. We looked forward to spending time with Jimmy each year, especially during Georgia Sports Hall of Fame weekend. He was so much fun to be around and always greeted us with a smile and a hug. There were many interesting conversations about football days and golf. We will miss our time with him there and our visits at Brunswick Country Club. Jimmy was so kind and gracious to us and we will cherish his memory. Rest in sweet peace, Jimmy. Thank you for being our friend.
Alta & Bill (Columbus, GA)

Kathryn Morgan

October 29, 2020

I am from Seneca, SC and Jimmy’s Dad, Dr. Orr, delivered me on October 4, 1942. Dr. Orr told my parents when he delivered me that I shared his son’s birthday. I always remembered this, especially as my family followed Jimmy’s pro football career. I also graduated Seneca High School and was a year or two younger than Jimmy’s brother, Sam. My condolences to the family.

FROM THE FAMILY