Charles “Charlie” Lynn Orr, affectionately known as Daddo, of Marion, KY passed away Friday evening March 18, 2022 surrounded by his family. He was 97 years old.
Charlie was born August 3, 1924 in Detroit, Michigan to Lynn and Iva (Dillard) Orr. He and his parents returned home to Tribune, KY to stay 6 years later in 1931. Along side his father, Charlie worked and managed a large farm, raised Black Angus cattle, and ran a saw mill and lumber business. At the age of 18 Charlie married the love of his life, Gladis Towery. Shortly after marrying Charlie and Gladis took over from his parents and ran the General Store in Tribune. They settled on the family farm and raised 2 daughters, Charlotte and Brenda. Charlie and Gladis enjoyed 64 years of marriage.
Charlie had a God given talent and love of music. He often told that he developed this love as he hid as a small child behind his mother’s organ as she played. He began singing publicly at the age of 14 and went on to lead the music in various Baptist churches for 57 years. Notably Mexico Baptist Church for 24 years, Marion Baptist Church for 24 years and Southside Baptist Church in Princeton, KY for 19 months. His music ministry took him all over the country and allowed him to form countless friendships.
Charlie was a people person who never met a stranger. He loved to talk and tell tales of days gone by to anyone who would listen. No matter the situation he always had a fitting story or bit of wisdom to share.
Charlie had an immense capacity to love and to love deep. Oh, how he loved his church, Mexico Baptist, and his precious church family. Charlie loved and cherished his own family beyond words or measure and he told them so every chance he got. There was nothing he enjoyed more than having the opportunity to “brag” about his family, how they loved each other and what a blessing they were to him. But most of all Charlie loved the Lord. He loved the Lord with all of his heart. His relationship with the Lord was deep and strong and undoubtedly his most cherished. He spent his life as a living testimony of what Christ’s love had done for him. He wanted everyone he knew and loved to share in that love of the Lord and to know His saving grace.
Charlie was proceeded in death by his wife, Gladis; his parents, Lynn and Iva; an infant sister and granddaughter, Cassidi Maddox.
He leaves behind daughters, Charlotte (Dennis) Mott and Brenda Maddox; a grandson, Chad (Stephanie) Mott; granddaughters, Kim Orr, Aimee (Troy) Lynn and Britt Gardner; great grandsons, Gabe Mott and Seth Lynn; great granddaughters, Lynzee and Laycee Lynn, Hannah Mott and Blaklee, Brilee, and Breckin Gardner, and a very special love and friend, Ms. Charlotte McNichols.
To know Charlie was love to him and to be loved.
Services are scheduled for 11 AM Monday March 21, 2022 at Mexico Baptist Church with interment in Mapleview Cemetery. The family will receive visitors from 6-9 PM Sunday March 20, 2022 at Gilbert Funeral Home in Marion, KY and from 9 AM until service time Monday at Mexico Baptist Church.
Donations may be made to Mexico Baptist Church.