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Frank Orrell Jr.

July 6, 1927 — November 17, 2022

S. Chesterfield

On Thursday, November 17, 2022, Frank J. Orrell, Jr. devoted husband and father, went to be with the Lord. He was 95. Born the oldest of five children to Anna and Frank J. Orrell, Sr. Frank graduated from Petersburg High School in 1944. He served his country with pride during WWII as a Sergeant in the United States Army, and after his honorable discharge in December 1945, he returned home to start a family with his wife, Mary Audrey (Hargrave) Orrell. They were married for over 69 years. Frank had a great talent for building just about anything you can imagine. He also enjoyed his favorite sport, baseball, and played on several local teams, including the Yellow Jackets from the Village of Matoaca. Frank also enjoyed reading, growing a vegetable garden, and spending summer days on Lake Chesdin with his family and friends. Frank used his skills and talents in his work having been employed by Glen T. Hastings and Walthall Construction Company as a Project Manager for over 40 years. During this time, he helped build hundreds of family homes, office buildings, and medical facilities in the in the Tri-Cities area. He also gave back to his community by serving as a Deacon at Fellowship Baptist Church in Ettrick, VA, President of the Friendship Club, and was one of the founding members of the Ettrick/Matoaca Rescue Squad. He is survived by his wife, Mary; his two sons, Michael (Angela) Orrell of Dinwiddie, and Vernon (Suzy) Orrell of Chesterfield; and two grandchildren, Chris (Samantha) Orrell, and Alexandra (Tristen) Bradsher. A graveside service will be held on Wednesday, November 23, 2022, at 1:00 p.m. at Gill Grove Baptist Church Cemetery, 10726 River Road Chesterfield, Virginia 23838. Mr. Orrell’s remains will rest from the hours of 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 22, 2022 at the Colonial Heights Chapel of the E. Alvin Small Funeral Homes & Crematory, 2033 Boulevard Colonial Heights, Virginia 23834. Online condolences may be registered at

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Wednesday, November 23, 2022

Starts at 1:00pm (Eastern time)

Gill Grove Baptist Church Cemetery

10726 River Rd, Chesterfield, VA 23838

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