OBITUARY

Bobby "Bob" Gene Orrell

February 1, 1941January 1, 2021

Bobby Gene Orrell, age 79 of Knoxville, TN left his earthly home to join his Heavenly Father on Friday, January 1, 2021 after a courageous battle with Cancer. Born in Coffeyville, Kansas to parents, Jesse Curlin and Eva Lee Orrell. Bob moved to Knoxville his Senior Year and attended East High School where he met the love of his life and his wife of 61 years, Judith Anne Edmonds Orrell. After graduation, he attended the University of Tennessee. He was a member of Meridian Baptist Church of Knoxville. Bob was a member of the Boy Scouts of America where he achieved the highest rank of Eagle Scout and went on to become a Scout Master. He was always prepared and loved to reminisce about his trip to Phil Mont Scout Ranch. Bob was a Past Master of South Knoxville Lodge #769 and a Current Member of the Burlington Masonic Lodge #763 and a 32nd degree Scottish Rite Mason. He was also a member of the Kerbela Shriners of Knoxville, Royal Order of the Jesters. Bob was an avid Outdoorsman. He treasured his time in the outdoors his entire life. He was a past President of both the Smoky Mountain Game and Fish Club and the Tennessee Valley Sportsman Club. Bob also was a volunteer Hunter Safety Education Instructor for TWRA with a focus on Hunter Ethics. He was blessed with many various hunting, fishing and camping trips over the years, but especially enjoyed his time spent duck hunting. Bob enjoyed a long and successful career in the Tire Industry. Some of his career highlights include Office and Credit Manager for Firestone, Commercial Salesman for Tinsley Tire Company and opening and growing the Knoxville location of Universal Tire Company on Middlebrook Pike. After retiring in 2006, he continued to serve his community as a Volunteer Van Driver for Shriners Hospital for Children transporting families to and from care at various Shriners Hospitals. Bob was a Proud American and staunch supporter of our Military and Law Enforcement. He is preceded in death by his parents, Jesse Curlin and Eva Lee Orrell; brother, Curtis Dale Orrell and brother-in-law, David Michael Stratton. Bob is survived by his wife, Judith Anne Edmonds Orrell; son, Douglas Alan Orrell and daughter, Catherine Elaine Orrell Upchurch (spouse, Willard DeOlivar Upchurch Jr.; grandson, David Alan Upchurch; granddaughter, Amy Suzanne Upchurch; great grandson, Elias Shadi Murfiq and great grandson on the way, Ryker Cole Upchurch; sister-in-law, Jane Edmonds Stratton; many nieces, nephews and extended family. Family invite friends to pay their respects at their convenience Tuesday, January 5th between 3-6pm at Berry Lynnhurst Funeral Home. Due to the pandemic, the family will have a private funeral service with entombment at Lynnhurst Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please make memorial contributions to the Shriners Hospitals for Children at www.donate.lovetotherescue.org Bob was a loving Husband, Father, Grandfather (Pappy) and Great Grandfather who was dearly loved and cherished and will be forever missed until we are all together once again. He was truly a good Christian man, who genuinely loved life. Bob believed he was born and lived in the absolute best period of time.

Services

  • Call of Convenience

    Tuesday, January 5, 2021

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Gary Baumgardner

January 5, 2021

As mutual members of the Tennessee Valley Sportsman Club, Bob and I have been friends for thirty years. Whether working on club projects together, or spending time in the outdoors, Bob was a pleasure to be with. He was a loyal friend, and a great example for young people.

Gary Baumgardner

Broadus Parrott

January 5, 2021

Looking back over the years, I remember the great times we had bird hunting in Sevier Co. Bob was a true friend. I will miss him.

H.E. & Barbara Bittle

January 4, 2021

We have been lake neighbors for over 30 years. Spend many days in our float boats side by side talking. He was such a happy person and always had something going to make us laugh. Such a good man!We loved him and his family. He will be missed greatly by all. No more pain in the hands of Jesus! Bad dog & Sweet dog

Alex Shaw

January 4, 2021

I was one of Bobby's chemo nurses. He was one of my all time favorite patients and he will surely be missed. Say hello to Gabriel for me Bobby. Praying for the family.

Beverly Clemmer

January 4, 2021

Judy, I am so sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. Praying for you and your family. Love you.

James Cornelius

January 3, 2021

Bob and I worked closely together several years ago in the Knoxville Motor Transport Association. I haven't seen him for several years, but still counted him as a friend. He will be very missed.

Jeff Cunningham

January 3, 2021

Bob was my mentor into the truck tire business in 1995. I considered him my “work” father and he was the best boss to work for! I will miss him greatly and wish his family & other friends all the best in their memories of him. I know he has gone to his Father!

Gary and Joan Boyd

January 3, 2021

Gary and I are so very sorry for your loss. Bob was a good neighbor to us, always friendly and easy to talk to. We will of course be donating to the Shriners and send along our love and hugs.

Joan and Gary Boyd

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY