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John Matthew Odom


1934 - 2012 Obituary Condolences
John Matthew Odom Obituary
John Matthew Odom October 29, 1934 - November 30, 2012 John Matthew Odom was born October 29, 1934 in Chickasha, OK and crossed over to his heavenly home on November 30, 2012 after a long struggle with cancer while living in Bakersfield, CA. He is survived by his wife, Damaris of Bakersfield, son Ronny (Deb) Odom of Pascoe, WA, 4 grandsons, 2 granddaughters, 6 great-grandchildren and 1 sister Judy (Keith) Cariker of Olivehurst, CA. He was predeceased by his son, Johnny Odom of Bakersfield, his parents, 5 sisters and 1 brother. John was a long time minister of the gospel. He was a Regional Youth Director, Evangelist, and Pastor as well as serving on several Conference and Executive Boards. He pastored for several years in Northern California and then moved to Bakersfield in 1973 where he pastored for nearly 18 years before retiring. He never lost an opportunity to preach the gospel whenever he was asked and he loved to sing "Southern Gospel music". When he became ill the music he loved so much brought him hope and peace throughout all the pain. He never lost the desire to preach or sing about his Lord and Savior. I'd like to thank some of the special waitresses at Spencer's Restaurant where John loved to go eat. After they found out how sick he was they always had a big hug for him and told him that they were praying for him. Also the people from Optimal Hospice for the way they cared for him and helped me during this very difficult time. We miss you John but we know that you are in the presence of the Lord that you served so faithfully for 61 years and now you have no pain. the visitation is on Wed. from 5-8 p.m. at Basham Funeral Care and service is at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday at Faith Temple at 1227 Park Drive. the Visitation is on Wed. from 5-8 p.m. at Basham Funeral Care and service is at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday at Faith Temple at 1227 Park Drive. Visitation is on Wed. from 5-8 p.m. at Basham Funeral Care and service is at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday at Faith Temple at 1227 Park Drive. www.bakersfield.com/obits
Published in Bakersfield Californian on Dec. 5, 2012
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