In Memoriam: Joe Orgill III

MEMPHIS – Orgill, Inc. has announced the passing of its former President and Chairman, Joseph “Joe” Orgill III.

Though he had not been active in Orgill’s day-to-day management for a number of years, Orgill played a prominent role in the growth of the distribution company. During his more than 60 years in the business, he guided Orgill, Inc.’s transition from a small, regional wholesaler to the largest independently owned hardlines distributor in the world. Just last year, he celebrated with the company as it surpassed $2 billion in annual sales.

The company stated that one of his greatest legacies is leaving a strong, vibrant organization, with a rich heritage and a bright future that is firmly focused on the company’s mission of “helping its customers be successful.”

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The complete obituary follows:

Joseph Orgill III, retired chairman of Orgill, Inc., died at Baptist Hospital on March 12, 2018 after a brief illness. Having graduated from The Taft School in 1955 and Yale University in 1959, Mr. Orgill joined Orgill Brothers & Company as a salesman and later served as President from 1968-1980 and Chairman of the Board until 2005. He was an inaugural inductee into the Home Channel Hall of Fame as well as the President of the Society of Entrepreneurs.

Active in the business, civic, and religious life of his city, Memphis, TN, Mr. Orgill served as Director of First Tennessee Bank, Chairman of the Board of the Dixon Gallery and Gardens, and Chairman of the Board of the Church Health Center. He gave and received much joy in serving others in many ways including delivering Meals on Wheels. A lifelong Episcopalian, he was a member of St. John’s Episcopal Church.

He enjoyed spending time in Charlevoix, MI, and above all else, he loved his family. He is survived by his wife of over sixty years, Irene Leatherman Orgill, four daughters, Adele, Irene, Anne, and Kate, nine grandchildren, two great grandchildren, and a sister, Kate Orgill Boone. The family wishes to thank Gloria Williams, Wyvonnie Smith, and Stanley Jenkins.

Funeral services will be 11:00 am Thursday, March 15th at St. John’s Episcopal Church, with visitation following in the Parish Hall. Private burial will be in Polk Cemetery in Bolivar, TN.

The family requests that memorials be sent to the Dixon Gallery and Gardens (4339 Park Avenue, Memphis, TN 38117), the Church Health Center (1350 Concourse Avenue #142, Memphis, TN 38104), or St. John’s Episcopal Church (3245 Central Ave., Memphis, TN, 38111).