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Jo Ellen Odom
February 1, 1938 ~ December 7, 2023 (age 85) 85 Years Old
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Jo Ellen Odom, 85, wife of Bill Odom, has joined her parents in the Lord’s house. She passed away Dec 7, 2023, at the serene McLeod Hospice House following a battle with pneumonia.
Jo Ellen was born Feb 1, 1938, daughter of the late Oscar Anderson, Jr. and late Sybil Granger Anderson. The family attended the Lake City Presbyterian Church where she was baptized.
She attended Lake City High School graduating in 1956, where she was Valedictorian and President of her class. She then attended Flora McDonald College in Red Springs, NC, thanks totally to a scholarship from the James F. Byrnes Foundation that awards merit scholarships to high school graduates who have lost one or both parents. Jo Ellen lost her father in December of her senior year.
She married Bill whom she dated from tenth grade. They celebrated their 65th anniversary last September. They moved a lot as Bill’s jobs took them from South Carolina to Charlotte to New York City to Chicago and finally to SE Michigan where they lived for 31 years. (well, one year in Houston)
Jo Ellen had three loves; family, church and travel. As they moved, she made home a loving place and she guided and molded the family and acquired interior design skills along the way. The First Presbyterian Church of Plymouth (Michigan) was very important to her. She served two terms as the chair of the Worship Committee of this 1000 plus member congregation.
Travel, yes, all fifty states and seventy-two countries. There was family travel, business travel with Bill and a great deal just the two of them in later years. What a joy to do a European river cruise and take family members along. She also made a few trips with the U.S. Delegation for Friendship Among Women (U.S. State Department) visiting places such as Bangladesh, Bhutan, Morocco and Oman. In the early 2000's, she and Bill returned to Lake City as a retirement home.
Surviving are her husband, Bill; son, Vince (Jo-Ann) of Brownstown, Michigan; daughters, Susan Odom of Suttons Bay, Michigan and Joyce Odom (Peter Davies) of Bali, Indonesia; grandson, James (Kirsten) of Columbia; and sisters, Loretta Tallevast of Hilton Head, Brenda Martin (Jack) of N. Charleston; and brother, Thomas Anderson (Sandra) of Wilmington, NC; and niece, Erika Slagel-Perry (Ashley) of Blacksburg, Virginia. She was predeceased by nephews Freddie Perry and David Martin.
There will be a Visitation from 3-5pm on Sunday December 10 at Carolina Funeral home in Scranton and a service at 11am on Monday December 11 at the Lake City Presbyterian Church. Followed by a private burial. Memorials may be made to Lake City Presbyterian Church, PO Box 1747, Lake City, SC 29560.