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Harry L. Orr, 82

Harry L. Orr, 82, departed his earthly life to that happy hunting ground- river in the sky on September 28, 2017 at the John Williamson Hospice house in El Dorado. He was born in El Dorado, May 18, 1935 to JC Orr and Thelma Orr Steed.

Harry served in the US Army and Marines. He was a carpenter by trade. He was well known from one end of the Ouachita River to the other as “The Captain”, but he also went by Dad, Pop, and Uncle. He was a true “Ouachita river rat”! He was a member of the Lawson Baptist church and a member of Shuler deer camp for nearly 40 years, “Our second family”. To know him was to have loved him!

He is preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Jerry and Charles Orr; one sister, Joan Crow and one brother-in-law, Billy T. Crow.

He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Mandy Thornton Orr of Calion; three sons, Tim Orr (Lonne) of Norphlet, Arkansas, Cliff Howard (Leanne) of El Dorado, Arkansas and Harry Todd Orr (Brandi) of Lakeland, Georgia; three daughters, Tammy Orr of El Dorado, Arkansas,  Julie Forte (Ben) of Sheridan, Arkansas and Janet Karash of Cheyenne, Wyoming; 17 grandchildren; seven girls and ten boys, 17 great-grandchildren, seven girls and ten boys and one great-great-grandson; two sisters, J-Nelle Oliver (Billy) of Homer, Louisiana and Elizabeth Aaron (Bob) of El Dorado, Arkansas; four sisters by another mother; “The Thornton Sisters”, Maylin, Leytine, Nina and Teresa; his fur dog, “Jitter Bug” who was his protector, and a host of nieces and nephews.

Our sincere thank you to all caregivers, at the MCSA, Timberlane Rehab and John A. Williamson Hospice house.

A “BYOB” memorial service will be held at a later date, please contact the family for further details.

Cremation arrangements are under the care and direction of A Natural State Funeral Service, 2620 West Main Street, Jacksonville, Arkansas, 72076. 501-982-3400.


  • John Rickard Posted October 3, 2017 12:24 AM

    Rest In Peace Harry. I learned a lot from you while working construction with ya!

  • Teleisha Giles Posted October 3, 2017 1:52 AM

    So sorry to hear this Ms. Mamdi. If youneed anything, just let me know. I love you, ALWAYS!!!

  • Shane Gibbons Posted October 3, 2017 2:31 AM

    Rest easy my friend

  • Jeanette Gaston Posted October 3, 2017 6:07 AM

    Mandy, I’m so sorry for your loss, but I’m sure heavens gain. You will certainly be in my prayers and thoughts. Take care of yourself.

  • Mark Baker Posted October 3, 2017 6:21 AM

    Sorry for your loss

  • Karen Patterson Posted October 3, 2017 6:31 AM

    May you find comfort in memories of good times. Uncle Harry was quite a character and will be missed by many. He left behind a beautiful family to carry on his legacy. Much love from Dickie, Karen & Thornton Patterson.

  • Ella Parker Posted October 3, 2017 6:57 AM

    Harry was such a fun loving person. He will be greatly missed, it was a pleasure knowing him. Prayers and love to the family.

  • Ronnie & Janice Greer Posted October 3, 2017 7:41 AM

    Our deepest sympathy to the family. Please know that you all are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Ronnie & Janice Greer

  • Lisa Wilson Posted October 3, 2017 2:40 PM

    Love u Popcicle Man!!! U will be missed dearly!!!

  • Patty Perry Posted October 3, 2017 4:39 PM

    Mandy, I know your heart hurts so much, but love never dies…Harry will always be with you. I will never forget the man who taught me as a child how to barrel race, among many other fun games on horseback. I consider it a blessing to have known Harry…you and your family are in my prayers, Mandy.

  • Beryl Jacobs Posted October 3, 2017 4:48 PM

    I haven’t seen Harry in many years, but we were friends since the fourth grade. @ Yocum school. He was one of my oldest & dearest friends. RIP Harry.

  • Trey & Sonya, Quade, and Gage Brown Posted October 4, 2017 5:38 AM

    We will always remember the good times had on the river with Harry. The boys would always be looking for him when we hit the river. He will be missed!! Thoughts and prayers for all!

  • Buddy and Tina Bennett Posted October 4, 2017 3:37 PM

    We have no words that can remove the pain of your loved ones passing. Just know that we celebrate the legacy of his wonderful family and friends he left behind. A loving, good man. He will be missed.

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