East Flat Rock
On October 13, 2012, Ada Pearl Norris Orr, 77, was finally able to rest in the arms of Jesus after a long battle with multiple myeloma.
Ada was born on September 15, 1935. Even at birth, she never walked this earth alone. Her identical twin sister, Lavada Reese, has been right by her side since conception. They share a unique bond that we are not meant to understand.
She is survived by her caring & loving husband of 42 years, Glenn Leonard Orr, of the home; three daughters, Genny Orr Nicholson, Frances Orr Hall married to Anthony M. Hall and Brandi Orr Ramsey; 3 grandchildren, Hope, Johnathon and Jewels, 8 great grandchildren, Brittany, Blake, Dallas, Kaileah, Hunter, Brayden, Rayleigh and Drake, 1 great-great grandchild, Nevaeh, along with Siblings: Sue Sweeney and Lavada Reese of Etowah, Genevieve (GG or Bug) Ward of Saluda; four brothers, C.L. Norris and John Norris of Etowah, Webb (Jack) Norris of Fletcher and Jim Norris of Hendersonville and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by three brothers, Richard, Bill (Red) and Mack Norris and a daughter, Kathy Mae Reese Peterson.
Ada retired from GE Lighting in East Flat Rock, NC after 30 years of dedicated service.
She was of the Baptist Faith and a member of East Flat Rock First Baptist Church. For many years, she enjoyed spending time with her ìother kidsî, the youth group at EFR First Baptist. There was always a big turn out when they knew it was Nannyís turn to have them over.
She enjoyed sewing, making any number of crafts, cooking and gardening. However, she would stop any of those and drop everything, if anyone needed anything or for the chance to spend time with her grandbabies. She was a true example of what unconditional love really is. You knew that no matter who you were or what choices you made in life, she would never stop loving you. She was a mother, ìNannyî, friend and mentor.
Fittingly so, she chose to continue her giving, even after death by donating her earthly remains to Wake Forest for medical research. It is her hope that others are able to benefit from what she no longer needs.
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, and always perseveres. Love never fails. 1 Corinthians 13: 4-8.
At her request, no services will be held.
I MISS U SO MUCH NANNY! GOD I WISH U WERE HERE TO HELP GUIDE ME AND TEACH ME. I WISH MORE THAN ANYTHING I HAD U AROUND TO TEACH ME HOW TO KNIT OR MAKE CANNED HOMEADE SOUP. I LOVE U DEARLY PLEASE BE WITH ME AND WALK WITH ME TO HELP ME BE WHO U WANTED ME TO BE LOVE U SOOO MUCH ILL SEE U AGAIN ONE DAY.
oh, genny. i had no idea. no wonder you said there had been alot going on. i certainly know how you feel and if you ever need anything you have my number. the kids and i have prayed consistently for “miss Ada” ever since we found out she was ill several years ago. be comforted by the fact that sheis now in Heaven and is healthy and happy. that’s one of the things i have used to make it through so many of my days since april 13th, when my own mama passed. love you dearly and we will pray for you now.
We are continuing to lift you up in prayer and hope you can feel the all-compassing love and peace the Holy Spirit offers. We love you and your family and will keep you in our thoughts and prayers as you go through this valley of sorrow and loss. God promises to give us beauty for ashes and we will ever look for the beauty and blessings to come from this time of trial. Love and prayers to you!
Jennie, Daren, Gracie & Jillian Gillespie
Although beloved Ada is rejoicing in heaven, my heart is very heavy and saddened by her passing. Please know that I share your pain and I pray that our God of love would bind up your wounded hearts and hold you close to His. Please hug Dallas for me.
With love and sincere sympathy,
CNA/Mountain Home Care
Because of Her,Many lives Were,Enriched By her kindness,Love and grace.Trully a pleasure,Memories Forever.
So sorry for your loss.Ada was a very sweet lady and will be missed.Our thoughts and prayers to all at this difficult time. Sharon&Tommy King,Joe&Marilyn Thompson
I love you so much! This note is so hard to write! How do you put feelings into words like this? I miss you terribly but I know you are rejoicing in heaven. I know you’ll still get to see my kids grow up & see Dallas’ little red headed freckled face girl you said he’d have one day! I just hope I do as good of a job raising them as you did with me. I told Drake you lived at Jesus’ house now…See look waaaay up in the sky…when he looked up there was a plane flying over & he gasped & said “I better go tell Papaw!!” Daddy released your birthday balloons off the back porch yesterday & just stood there & watched them go up. He asked me to cut out the obituary from the paper & stick it behind our family photo so he “wouldn’t forget our names”. I promise to keep the promises I made to you (pinky promise)! I love you with my whole soul.
I miss you so much 🙁 The hardest part is not being able to touch you. I have talked to you everyday. You truly were an angel among us and I can’t wait to see you again!
I LOVE YOU NANNY!!!!!!!!!
Ms. Ada was a dear and sweet lady who will be greatly missed and was dearly loved by all. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time and in the days ahead. We love you all very much. May God continue to give you strength, peace, and comfort now and in the days ahead.
I can say that ada will never be forgotten she will be missed very much. i have known her since i was alittle girl going to church .