KINSTON - William McGilvary (Mac) Orr, of 2107 Michelle Drive, Kinston, died peacefully in his home December 26, 2012. He was born January 2, 1918, and was educated at Washington (N.C.) High School. Later, he attended Davidson College and N.C. State University. Mr. Orr served in the Navy during World War II, participating in the D-Day invasion. Following his discharge from the Navy, he began a 45-year career for Roberson Beverage Company where he distinguished himself as a top producer. He retired in 1981. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Kinston where he served in various capacities including deacon, elder, and Sunday school teacher. To his death he proudly supported his church, individuals in need, and charities. He is survived by his wife, Gwendolyn Bell Orr; two sons, W.M. (Bill) Orr III of Annapolis, Md., and R. Steven Orr of Baltimore, Md. He is also survived by his half sister, Marguerite Orr Pitts of New York, N.Y. Mr. Orr was proud of his grandchildren Will, Jamie and Caroline; and his great-grandchildren Micah and Joel. Mr. Orr will be remembered by many for his love of birds. He maintained blue bird boxes across eastern N.C. for over 40 years, including all the boxes at the Kinston Country Club. He also loved to build and give away wooden toys to many around Kinston. "Mac" will be remembered best for his generosity, kind heart, and love for his family. A celebration of his life will be held Monday, December 31, 2012, at 11 a.m. at The First Presbyterian Church, Kinston. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to The First Presbyterian Church, 2101 North Heritage Street, Kinston, N.C. 28501. Arrangements are with Edwards Funeral Home of Kinston. Sign the guest book at Kinston.com. (Paid obituary)
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Published in Free Press from Dec. 29, 2012 to Jan. 1, 2013