William McGilvary “Mac” Orr ’39, of Kinston, N.C., died peacefully in his home Dec. 26, 2012. He was born Jan. 2, 1918, and attended Davidson and N.C. State University. 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, 2107 Michelle Dr., Kinston, NC 28501, and two sons, W.M. “Bill” Orr III and R. Steven Orr. He is also survived by his half-sister, Marguerite Orr Pitts. Orr was proud of his grandchildren, Will, Jamie, and Caroline, and his great-grandchildren, Micah and Joel. Orr will be remembered by many for his love of birds. He maintained blue bird boxes across Eastern North Carolina for more than 40 years, including all of the boxes at the Kinston Country Club. He also loved to build and give away wooden toys to many around Kinston. He will be remembered best for his generosity, kind heart, and love for his family.