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Singing event to help raise funds for Orr Scholarship Fund

By Deangelo McDaniel
dmcdaniel@decaturdaily.com · 340-2469

HARTSELLE — When you met Emily Orr, one thing was immediately apparent about the Hartselle High student.

“She loved music,” family friend Kim Lemmond said. “She had a beautiful voice and she was always singing. Her favorite saying was, ‘Don’t just stand there: sing.’ “

Orr died in a single-vehicle accident Nov. 8 three miles northeast of Falkville on Cedar Cove Road South.

To make sure Orr and her love for music are never forgotten, family and friends are establishing the Emily Orr Foundation Scholarship Fund.

A benefit singing for the scholarship fund will be May 5 at 6:30 p.m. at Sparkman Civic Center in Hartselle with Lodestone as the featured attraction.

The popular rock group, which has strong ties to Hartselle, initiated the benefit.

Other entertainers

Other entertainers will be Natchez Trace, a popular country band, the Hartselle High Jazz Band and vocalists Doug “J.D.” Moss, Stephanie Robinson and Chelsie Hale.

The family has set up the scholarship fund through Redstone Federal Credit Union. An endowment of $10,000 is needed before the scholarship can start.

The Orrs want to give a $600 scholarship annually.

The Hartselle High Chorus members will select the recipient.

At the time of her death, Orr worked the salad bar at Oh!Bryan’s Steak House in Hartselle, was a member of the Hartselle High Chorus, track team and worked as a high school office aide.

She spent a lot of her time singing at Steele’s Karaoke and had told friends she wanted to be a veterinarian.

But deep down, parents Chris and Angie Orr said, their daughter wanted to sing.

“That’s all that girl talked about was singing,” said her father, who is an employee with the city of Hartselle. “Everywhere she went, she was singing.”

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