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George Robert Orr

May 3, 1936 ~ September 19, 2021 (age 85)


Palm Harbor, Florida – George Robert Orr, 85, passed away on Sunday, September 19, 2021 at the Brian Center of Weaverville.

George was a native of Henderson County and a son of the late George Hubert and Kathleen Eugenia Erwin Orr.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 61 years, Margaret Janette Sheffield Orr.  George was a United States Army veteran and was a general manager and vice president of carpet and yarns division of American Enka.  Upon his retirement from Enka in 1985, he became the owner of Smith Floor Covering until 2000.  Although he was a native of Henderson County, George retired to live in Palm Harbor, Florida where he and his wife were members of Peace Memorial Presbyterian Church.

George and his wife were avid golfers and enjoyed extensive traveling throughout the United States and internationally as well as treasured time spent with family and friends.

He is survived by two daughters, Robin Owens of Waynesville and Tammy Gryder of Asheville; four grandchildren, Zachary and Taylor Metts of Waynesville, Ethan Doherty, and Chase Gryder both of Asheville; and two great-grandchildren, Parker and Briar Metts of Waynesville.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 9, 2021 in the Canton Chapel of Wells Funeral Home.

The care of Mr. Orr has been entrusted to Wells Funeral Homes of Canton and an online memorial register is available at “Obituaries” at

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Celebration of Life
October 9, 2021

11:00 AM
Canton Chapel of Wells Funeral Home
3715 Asheville Hwy
Canton, NC 28716

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