October 4, 1935 - October 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. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a gift to Jimmy’s favorite charity, St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.
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... View Obituary & Service Information
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