Mr. Odom moved to Southeast Missouri in 1924, when he was 12 years old had lived in Essex most of his life. He was a retired farmer, had worked for McMullin Asphalt for several years, and was a member of the First Baptist Church in Essex. He had served on the Road District for many years.
On Oct. 3, 1936, he was married to Daisy Alberta Eaton in Bloomfield. She preceded him in death on Dec. 12, 1982. In 1983, he was married to Blanche Alice Avery, and she preceded him in death on March 27, 2000.
Surviving are two sons, Roy Lee Odom of Bloomfield, Bobby Odom of Ponca City, Okla.; two daughters, Connie Sifford of Essex and Barbara Sue Ward of Poplar Bluff; eight grandchildren, Sarah Denise Clark, Heather Marie Ward, Justin Dale Ward, Jessica Ruth Ward, Mary Beth Ward, all of Poplar Bluff, Calder Odom of Bloomfield, Christopher Wade Odom and Melissa Beth Odom of Ponca City, Okla.; two great-grandchildren, Seth Clark and Katherine Clark, both of Poplar Bluff; and one niece, Vera Ann Gilbert of Essex;
He was preceded in death by one sister, Robbie Rebecca Taylor on Oct. 30, 2003.
Visitation will be held after 12 noon on Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2005, in the Watkins & Sons Funeral Home in Dexter.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2005, in the Watkins & Sons Funeral Home in Dexter with the Rev. Gary Gilbert of Dexter officiating.
Internet will follow in the Essex Cemetery with Watkins & Sons Funeral Service of Dexter in charge of arrangements.