Jimmie Donald Orr

Jimmie Donald Orr of Vaiden, 84, passed away at St. Dominic's Hospital in Jackson on Sunday, February 16, 2020. 

Visitation is today from noon until 2 p.m., at Vaiden Baptist Church, with funeral services to follow.  Bro. Bill Poole, Rev. David Westmoreland, Jay Cothren, and Rev. Leon Holly will officiate and burial will be in the Bluff Springs Baptist Church Cemetery in Webster County.

He was born September 7, 1935, to Stancy Neal and Jim Orr in Mississippi County, Ark.  

Mr. Orr was the fifth of five siblings who preceded him in death: his sister, Katherine Marter (Burness); and brothers, Douglas Berryhill (Bonnie), Otis Orr (Fay) and Earnest Orr (Imagene).  He was also preceded in death by his son, Jim Orr II.

He was a member of the Vaiden Baptist Church where he held many volunteer positions including Deacon and Building Chairman.  Donald, as he was known by friends and family, graduated from Meadville High School in Meadville, in 1956.  He was known as the tough “one-arm” football player as Donald lost his right arm in a hunting accident when he was 15.  He attended Copiah Lincoln Community College and graduated from Mississippi State University with both a Bachelors and Masters of Science in Vocational Agriculture Education.  Donald’s first agriculture education teaching assignment was at Bunker Hill High School in Columbia, where he was named one of the Top Ten Agriculture Teachers in Mississippi.

He also taught at Grenada Vocational School and Meadville High School before becoming the FFA Farm and Camp Director in Grenada in 1973.  During this time, he also became the Assistant State Supervisor of Agriculture Education serving North Central Mississippi.  In 1988, Donald became the State Vocational Agriculture Director until he retired in 1993.  In subsequent years, he began the Agriculture Youth Apprenticeship Farm Management Program in Tillar, Ark.  After three successful years, Donald returned to Mississippi for full retirement.

Donald loved hunting, raising quail, gardening and working at his church.  Always the educator, he believed everyone could learn and be successful.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Wanda Cothren Orr; son, Brent Orr; daughter, Stancy Bond (Chris); and three grandchildren, Kristin Bridges (Cameron), Kit Bond, and Molly Bond; and two great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Nathan Orr, Ralph Alexander, Jerry Shirley, Jimmy Webb, Rickey Corley, Dr. Ronnie McGehee, Randy Cothren, and Ray Poole, Jr.  Honorary pallbearers will be Robbie Robertson, John Howell, Michael Bonner, Dennis Dean, Drew Lenard, Lee James, and Dewayne Carpenter.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Vaiden Baptist Church Cookshed Account, 501 Mulberry Street, Vaiden.

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