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Marvin Orange, 88 WWII Veteran Dies August 23

AUGUST 25 – Marvin Hable Orange, 88, of Farmville, died Sunday, August 23, 2009 at Henrico Doctor's Hospital in Richmond. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 69 years, Gladys Oertel Orange of Farmville. This loving couple exemplified the true meaning of family for four generations. Born in Amelia County on November 4, 1920, he was the son of the late Bernard Bowman Orange of Richmond and Mary Mahan Orange of Farmville. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He was also preceded in death by six brothers and sisters.

He is survived by two children, William M. Orange and wife, Virginia of Bumpass and Kathy Orange Judkins and husband, Mike of Winston-Salem, NC; six granddaughters, Deannie Wall, Christy Tomasello, Terry Sacra, Sherry Thomas, Lorri Harris, and Kristin Judkins; 11 great-grandchildren, Timmy, R.D., Ayron, Donald, Jared, Katlyn, Rebecca, Jason, Christopher, Halie and Steve; and his “adopted” daughter, Ella Harris, and many nieces and nephews. He will be sorely missed by his many loved ones.

A veteran of WWII, he served in the Army stationed in occupied Germany under Patton. After returning from WWII, he resumed his employment with Kilkare Laundry; later Longwood College and most recently part-time at Deluxe Cleaners. He was a member of Cumberland Presbyterian Church devoting many years of service as Deacon, Elder and superintendent of Sunday School. He was a charter member of the Coast Guard Auxiliary in Southside Virginia.

On February 16, 2008, he was honored by the Prince Ed-ward Volunteer Rescue Squad for years of dedicated service having served 20 years as their Treasurer. Furthermore, the Squad initiated the “Marvin Orange Rookie of the Year Award,” presented annually to a deserving Rookie.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, August 26 at 11 a.m. at the Cumberland Presbyterian Church with the Reverend Dale Brown officiating. Burial will follow at the Cumberland Presbyterian Church cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 p.m. Tuesday (tonight) at the Shorter Funeral Home.

Contributions may be made to Cumberland Presbyterian Church or Prince Edward Volunteer Rescue Squad, Farmville.

Shorter Funeral Home, Farmville, is serving the family.