ORR, FRED RAY (1938 ~ 2016). The following is an obituary for Fred Ray Orr, former member of the Texas Legislature. The obituary was provided by West-Hurtt Funeral Home of DeSoto.
Freddie Ray Orr was born to Willis Orr and Audra Mae Orr on February 9, 1938, in DeSoto, Texas. He married Lottie Jacqueline King on September 4, 1959. He passed away on June 22, 2016 and is survived by his wife Jacqueline, daughter Angelia and John Wolf, granddaughter Lauren and Chris Kelly, great granddaughter Holly; son Greg and Melissa Orr, grandsons Hunter, Sutton, Dawson and granddaughter Madison; daughter Brooke and Kerry Stark, grandson Tanner and granddaughter Rylie.
Fred and Jackie were high school sweethearts attending Lancaster High School in Lancaster, Texas. Fred graduated from University of North Texas in 1960. The Orr’s then moved to Electra, Texas, where Fred was a biology teacher, football coach and girls’ basketball coach.
In 1961, the family moved to DeSoto, Texas, and Fred entered into Civic leadership and established Oak Cliff Insurance Agency. His list of civic contributions include:
• Youngest DeSoto City Councilman, 1963
• Board Trustee, Charlton Methodist Hospital
• Founder, International Economic Development Council
• Charter Member, DeSoto Jaycees and Founder, DeSoto Chamber of Commerce
• Founder, Greater Dallas South Chamber of Commerce (now Best Southwest Chamber of Commerce)
• Board Member, Lancaster Memorial Auditorium
• DeSoto Industrial Foundation
• Texas District, Boy Scouts of America
• Chartered Red Oak State Bank and First National Bank of DeSoto
• Established and coached in the Pee Wee Football League of DeSoto, and coached Pony Baseball League
• Promoter, Coors Classic International Cycling Event ( sanctioned event for the Olympics – Texas Cup, 1986)
• Chairman of the Piper Cub Club
One of his proudest civic contributions was being the youngest representative in the Texas State Legislature in Austin representing Dallas County from 1967 to 1977. During Fred’s terms as as a state representative, he accomplishments included:
• Co-authored the nation’s first Complete Anatomical Gift Act
• Member, Organ Transplant Committee
• Member, Health and Welfare Committee
• Chairman, Special Task Force on Reorganization of the Health Delivery Agencies
• Vice Chairman, Sub Committee on Mental Health and Mental Retardation
• Chairman, Local Government Sub Committee
• Chairman, Special Task Force on Product Liability Impact on Texas
Most importantly to Fred, he was a lifelong member of the Christ of Christ and devoted his time and talents to shepherding others by being an elder in the DeSoto, Ovilla and Preston Road Churches of Christ. He was co-founder of New Friends, New Life and Christ Family Clinic. Fred enjoyed being a private consultant to President Bill Teague of Abilene Christian University and was Foundation President of Texas State Technical College. He was also a proud supporter of City Square’s Cottages of Hickory Crossing.
Fred enjoyed his church, family, golf and was a Dallas Cowboys season ticket holder from the team’s inaugural season through their final year at Texas Stadium.
A special heartfelt thank you to doctors Alfredo Jimenez, Frank Brancaccio and Hugh McClung for the outstanding and compassionate care Fred received.
Then I heard a voice from Heaven say, “Write this: Blessed are the dead who died in the Lord from now on.” “Yes,” says the Spirit, “they will rest from their labor, for their deeds will follow them.” Revelations 14:13
In lieu of flowers, please make Memorial Contributions to:
Christ Family Clinic: 6409 Preston Rd., Dallas, TX 75205 214.261.9500 or
City Square: 511 N. Award St. #302, Dallas, Texas 75201 214.827.1000