In Memory

James O'Dell

James O'Dell

James Allen O'Dell, 49, of Glasgow, Va., passed away on Saturday, August 8, 2009. He was preceded in death by his mother, Barbara Burton O'Dell. Allen is survived by his loving wife of 30 years, Debra; daughters, Kristen Gullion (Jason), and Jami O'Dell; son, Travis; father, Richard O'Dell (Joan); brothers, Tim O'Dell, Todd O'Dell (Sheree); sister, Rhonda O'Dell (fiance, Robbie); four grandsons; and numerous friends and family members. He was a member of Glasgow Moose Lodge and former member of NRV Rescue Squad. He loved Bluegrass Music, chili peppers, and the country way of life. Funeral service will be held 2 p.m. on Wednesday, August 12, 2009, at Dora Highway Baptist Church, Pulaski with the Rev. Mike Coleman officiating. Visitation will be two hours prior to the service at the church. Interment will follow at Moore Family Cemetery, Hiwassee. Arrangements by Valley Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 1609 Peters Creek Road, N.W., Roanoke, Va

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12/11/09 10:25 AM #1    

James Rupe

I was very sorry to hear about the passing of James, I guess i first meet him in our freshman year,as i recall James played a pretty mean guitar,a small group of us would gather in the halls at lunch and sing rocky top , and other blue grass tunes , we would get some pretty strange looks .I guess for the 70s it was out of what we would call normal.He could also come up with some good stories (true or not you would have to be the judge) .I worked with him after we got out of school at jefferson mill for 2 years he was a member of the rescue squad then.I remember a few times we left work and get into some of those story telling times(lets just say in our wilder days).I lost track of him after that but i often wondered where he had gotten off to.I still laugh about some of the stuff he would come up with , im so sorry for his faimly and the loss of him.I know when i see him again the first thing hes going to say is ya know i was fishin the other day and you aught to see the one that got away! RIP man from a classmate and friend James Rupe

09/23/11 08:41 AM #2    

Larry Bralley

I didn't know James or have a class with him. However, he would talk to people that we mutually knew, and I observed that he was a good conversationalist with a sense of humor. I wish I could have been that way.

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