Joseph Orgill III was a resident of Memphis, Shelby County, Tennessee, United States who enjoyed spending time in Charlevoix, Michigan, USA. He was the only son of Joseph Orgill Jr. and Kate Bond Smith Orgill.
In 1955, Joseph Jr. became the president of Orgill Brothers & Co, a hardware firm founded in 1847 and based in Collierville, Shelby County. Joseph III first joined the company as a salesman.
Joseph III was a lifelong Episcopalian. Here are 13 more things about him:
- He was a member of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Memphis.
- He was an inaugural inductee into the Home Channel Hall of Fame and served as the Society of Entrepreneurs president in Memphis.
- He served as First Tennessee Bank director, chairman of the board of the Dixon Gallery and Gardens and chairman of the board of the Church Health Center, which was renamed Church Health.
- In 1955, he graduated from The Taft School in Watertown, Litchfield County, Connecticut, USA.
- In 1958, he married Irene Leatherman Orgill. In the same year, she was crowned the 24th Queen of Carnival in Memphis.
- In 1959, he graduated from Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. In the same year, Irene gave birth to their daughter Adele Leatherman Orgill, who served as Queen Isis XL of the Grand Krewe of Osiris in Memphis in 1979. Adele and James Beasley Wellford have a son named Gil Wellford and a daughter named Eliza Wellford Fletcher, who is married to Richard James Fletcher. In 2008, Eliza served as Queen Isis LXVIII of the Grand Krewe of Osiris in Memphis.
- In 1961, Irene gave birth to their daughter also named Irene Leatherman Orgill. His daughter Irene and Fred Smith have a son named Freddy Orgill Smith and a daughter named Kate Orgill Smith, who served as Queen Isis LXIX of the Grand Krewe of Osiris in Memphis in 2009.
- In 1966, Irene gave birth to their daughter Anne Leatherman Orgill, who served as Queen Isis XL of the Grand Krewe of Osiris in Memphis in 1987.
- In 1968, he became the new Orgill Brothers & Co. president following his father’s retirement. In the same year, Irene gave birth to their daughter Kate Orgill. His daughter Kate and Michael J. Buttarazzi have a daughter named Annie Orgill Buttarazzi, who served as Queen Isis LXXII of the Grand Krewe of Osiris in Memphis in 2012.
- On January 12, 1980, his father died at the age of 76.
- In 1981, he asked Bill Fondren to take over as Orgill Brothers & Co. president as part of a succession plan to shift the company into professional management. From 1981 to 2005, he served as chairman of the board in the company.
- In 1985, he and his cousin Michael McDonnell bought out the other Orgill Brothers & Co., making them the only Orgill family members still active at the business. In 1996, the company officially changed its name to Orgill, Inc.
- On March 12, 2018, he died at Baptist Hospital in Memphis after a brief illness. He was 80.