Orville Gentry Barr
DELAND, Fla. — Orville Gentry Barr departed from this life on May 1, 2011.
Orville left two daughters, Myra Kay Hornsby and Sandra Sue Barr Brown; four grandchildren, James F. Freeman III, Michael Gentry Brown, Kristi Leah Elliott and Stephanie Anne Wolford; six beloved great-grandchildren, Ashlie Leah Elliott, Conor Gentry Brown, William Andrew Wolford and Alexandra Grace Wolford, Tristan Michael Brown and Savannah Freeman; and several nieces and nephews.
Orville was born Feb. 25, 1918, in Konnarock, Va.; he was preceded in death by his parents, John Andrew Barr and Maud Gentry Barr.
He was a well-known left-handed pitcher in the coalfield leagues of southern West Virginia and also played minor-league ball. After serving in K Co., 334th Regt., 84th Inf. Div. in the U.S. Army during World War II, he was discharged as a 2LT; he was awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart. After the war Orville became a welder working high steel and was a proud participant in the construction of the world’s largest radio telescope in Green Bank, W.Va. He was also an entrepreneur, owning small businesses in southern WV and DeLand, Fla.
Orville will be deeply missed by his beloved children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and all of his extended family. We love you.
by Alavon Cremation Society, Daytona Beach, Fla.