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Obituary for Tommy Lawson Odell

BAHAMA: Tommy Lawson Odell, 80, passed away Wednesday, July 26, 2017 at Seasons at Southpoint Senior Living, Alzheimer’s Unit. He was born August 18, 1936 in Norwood, NC, the son of the late Cannon R. Odell and the late Gladys Green Odell. He graduated from Rockwell High School in Rockwell, NC and moved with his wife to Durham in 1959 to work at the VA Medical Center and then the US Postal Service located on East Chapel Hill St. where he retired in 1991. After retirement, he was a volunteer for many years at the Durham VA. Tommy was a member of Temple Baptist Church where he faithfully attended until his illness.

Tommy spent three years in the US Navy serving on the USS LST 762/Floyd County “The Miracle Ship of World War II”. He was a member of the Toastmasters International Club and was an avid runner. He participated in many local marathons and was especially proud to have finished the race in the US Marine Marathon in Washington, DC.

He is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Sally Joann Morgan Odell; sons, Jeffery Odell and wife Pat, Stephen Odell, both of Durham; daughter, Deborah Odell Rancke Basham and husband Robert “Bob” Basham of Tampa, FL; brother, Carl Allan Odell of Charlestown, WV; sisters, Carol Sue Earnhardt, Gold Hill, NC; Sondra Shuping, of Kernersville; grandchildren, Christina Rancke of New York, NY, Brittany Rancke and Todd Rancke both of Tampa, FL, Haley, Parker, and Cannon Odell of Durham and great grandson, Trey Rancke Higbie of Tampa, FL.

A funeral service will be held 11:30 am, Saturday, July 29 at Temple Baptist Church. The family will receive friends from 10:30-11:30am at the church. Burial will follow at Brier Creek Memorial Gardens.

The family wishes to express deep appreciation to the workers of Seasons at Southpoint Senior Living and Duke Hospice for their tender care and concern for our beloved husband and father.

Flowers are acceptable or memorial donations can be sent to Temple Baptist Church, 2121 Umstead Rd, Durham, NC 27712.


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Visitation Prior to the Service

Saturday

29

Jul

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Temple Baptist Church

2121 Umstead Road
Durham, NC 27712

Funeral Service

Saturday

29

Jul

11:30 AM
Temple Baptist Church

2121 Umstead Road
Durham, NC 27712

Cemetery Details

Location

Brier Creek Memorial Gardens

7600 Acc Blvd
Raleigh, NC 27617


Memorial Contribution

Temple Baptist Church

2121 Umstead Road
Durham, NC 27712
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