Eunice Watkins Smith, former ALTA teammate, remembers her fondly:
She was a fabulous person and concerned about every member of the team. Feisty, a true champion. The epitome of how to be a team captain. She attended all the matches, including Peachtree City, and stayed from the beginning to the end. She brought flowers from her own garden for table decorations. One time she drove the team to the free flu shot clinic so they would stay healthy during the season.”
Orr’s ALTA team’s victory at the 1997 Atlanta City Championship against a much-younger group spawned a rollicking AJC article, “A TEAM FOR THE AGES,” and a priceless anecdote: when the other players saw Orr and her teammates (21 members total, ages 52 to 77), they began to celebrate. They even took out their champagne and put it on ice.
From the AJC article:
‘Here we are, all white-headed; I guess some people figure they’ve got an easy match,’ said Cooie Orr, 76, Bitsy’s captain since she put the team together in 1981.”
Long story short, Orr and her teammates won the championship, and that premature bottle of champagne was saved for another day.
In addition to her work at Bitsy Grant, Orr was an active and valued member of many Atlanta institutions, including Piedmont Driving Club, North Avenue Presbyterian Church, and the Boards of United Cerebral Palsy of Atlanta and the Atlanta Day Shelter for Women and Children. She remains an inspiration, as a tennis player and a person, and will be deeply missed.