Dan Max Orr

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Dan Max Orr, 88, of Ash Flat was born Aug. 8, 1930, in Ash Flat, Ark. He passed away July 8, 2019, at White River Medical Center in Batesville, Ark.

Dan was a quiet and unassuming leader by example. He enjoyed good times with friends while playing cards, traveling, and supporting the efforts of his wife, Nancy. He always enjoyed visiting with family, friends, and clients with a good story (or two) to tell.

Dan was a U.S. Air Force veteran with two tours in Korea. He then pursued a degree in law and began a professional practice in Salem, Ark., followed by work in Hardy and Newport, Ark., before settling in his hometown in 1971.

He served in active leadership roles in the Tri-County and Arkansas Bar Associations, Masonic Lodge, Highland School District Athletic Booster Club, Ash Flat Saddle Club, Hillbilly Horse Show and Tri-County Cattlemen’s Associations. He was a strong supporter of the White River Medical Health system, especially the ER and Complex in Cherokee Village. Dan was the legal representative for FNBC Bank and proudly served as Chairman of the Sharp County Democratic Central Committee for many years.

Dan was preceded in death by his parents, Augustus Durant and Sarah Ellen (Taylor) Orr; sister, Anna Lou Gibson; brothers: Edward Augustus, Robert Taylor, and Charles Melvin Orr; and his wife of 56 years, Nancy (Applegarth) Orr.

Survivors include his son, Jerry (Eileen) Corbit of Bates City, Mo., and their children: Chad Barker, Bryan Barker, Courtney Adams, and Kaitlyn Moreno; other relatives and friends, including thousands of youth and adults positively influenced and impacted by Dan.

Funeral was Thursday, July 11, in Ash Flat Church of Christ at 2 p.m. with David Blair, Johnny Carter, and Tommie Boles officiating. Masonic rites were included.

Burial was in Old Baptist Cemetery at Ash Flat with military honors.

Pallbearers included: Jeff Honey, Mike Nix, Johnny Ray Hyslip, Steve Bates, Martin Carpenter, Marcus Cherry, and Phillip Orr.

Honorary pallbearers included: Linn Garner, Dwayne Plumlee, Tom Garner, Michelle Huff, Judy Price, Jane Orr, Shirley Honey, Roberta & Ted Watson, Jack Huffmaster, Cotton Halford, Ed Martin, and Bobby Orr.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to Ash Flat Senior Center, New Evening Shade Masonic Lodge #744, or Ruff Riders 4-H Club.

Arrangements were with Tri-County Funeral Home of Highland, Ark.