Richard H. O'Dell

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Mr. Richard H. O'Dell, 74, passed away December 5, 2014 at his residence. Richard was born February 5, 1940 in Lincoln, the son of the late Myrtice Crump O'Dell and Clarence O'Dell. He was Catholic by faith and a member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Carrollton, Georgia. Richard made a career with Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company, spending thirty five years with the company. During his tenure with Goodyear, he had the opportunity to travel the world working in South Africa, Wolverhampton, England and Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada. In 1963 he graduated from the University of Alabama, earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education and later earning a Masters Degree in Secondary Education. Richard played football for the Legendary, Bear Bryant at Alabama. In 1960, Richard received an Athletic Achievement Award for his game winning field goal against Georgia Tech. Survivors include his wife, Betty Mount O'Dell, of fifty four years; sons and daughters-in-law, Hal and Carol O'Dell, of Oklahoma City, Okla., Ben and Belinda O'Dell, of Eudora, Kan. and Chad and Tonya O'Dell, Atlanta, Ga.; grandchildren, Ian, Jacob, Kennedy, Chloe, Emma, Lilly and Turner O'Dell, Cooper and Carson Yates and Ben King; sisters, Marie Alred, of Indian Land, S.C., Bonnie Gosdeck, of Villa Rica, Ga., Linda Swanson, of Musella, Ga. and Peggy Shambaugh, Peyton, Colorado. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Herchel, John and Jimmy O'Dell. In accordance with his wishes, his body was cremated and a Memorial Service will be held Sunday, December 7, 2014, at 1 p.m. at Gray Brown-Service Funeral Home in Anniston. The family will receive friends at the funeral home thirty minutes prior to the Memorial Service. Interment will follow the service at Plum Springs Cemetery.To send condolences to the family please visit In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Big Oak Ranch by contacting: (205) 467-6226, ext. 1222. Gray Brown-Service Mortuary in charge of arrangements. (256) 236-3441
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Published in The Anniston Star on Dec. 7, 2014
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