"If you miss me singing down here, come on up to bright glory and I'll be singing up there."
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Today, we celebrate the life of our beloved, Lettie Bradford Odom. Born Lettie Virginia Bradford on July 21, 1952, the daughter of the late Roosevelt and Evelyn Bradford. She was raised by the late Henry and Ada Anderson, who cherish her dearly. Lettie was a blessed child. She confessed her belief in Christ at an early age. She united with Second Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership of the late Dr. W. S. Robinson. God blessed Lettie with a beautiful voice, and she blessed others with her songs of praise. She touched many lives with her songs and beautiful voice. You could always count on Lettie to help uplift the name of Jesus. But God must have needed a beautiful singing angel for his heavenly choir so he called Lettie home on February 8, 2009 at noon. She will be missed by everyone who knew and loved her.
Lettie always gave the best of herself. She gladly opened her heart to family members, and others. While giving, she could also be demanding and expected the best of others, especially the many students that she came in contact with in the Morehouse school system. Lettie also was a Gospel Radio Personality for KTRY radio station. Lettie loved to travel and made her home in California and Michigan.
Lettie is preceded in death by her parents, Roosevelt and Evelyn Bradford, Henry and Ada Anderson; grandparents Matt and Azzetta Matthews, and Lettie and Wilson Bradford; one brother Bruce Wayne Bradford; aunts Violet Rigdell, Salone Matthews, Neil Matthews, Lillie B. Matthews and Katie Bradford; uncles Earl Matthews, Arthur Bradford, Charlie Bradford, Lonnie Bradford, Jessie Smith and Malcolm Rigdell.
During her formative years, she met and married Theabury "Joe" Odom Sr. Unto this marriage three children were born.
She leaves to cherish her memories beloved sons, Theabury Odom and his wife Camelia, Leabory Odom, and Henry Odom and his wife E'brandia; grandchildren, Amelia Odom, Amaya Odom, Tray Odom, Manaya Odom and Lea'myrah Odom.
She also leaves to cherish her memories sisters and brothers, Ms. Delores A. Alford of South Field, Mich., Mrs. Hilda Snell and her husband Wiggin, and Ms. Rita Snell, both of Kalamazoo, Mich., Mrs. Vivian Green and her husband Joe of Bastrop, Mrs. Toy R. Floyd and her husband George of Wetumpka, Ala., Mr. Willie Arnold and his wife Cheryl of Kalamazoo, Mich., Mr. Wilson C. Bradford and his wife Dorothy of Horn Lake, Miss., Elder Arthur Ray Bradford Sr. and his wife Linda of Brunswick, Ga., Elder Charles H. Bradford and his wife Joann of Bastrop, Bishop Sherwood Bradford and his wife Cydchrissia of Moss Point, Miss., Mr. Amariah Bradford and Zechariah Bradford of Wetumpka, Ala., Mr. Roosevelt Sneed and his wife Emma of Bastrop, and Lonnie Ray Lumpkins and his wife Lynetta of Dallas, Texas.
She also leaves to cherish her memories two adopted grandchildren, Kelicia Tucker and Gabrielle Smith; Godmothers, Mrs. Marzell Smith and Mrs. Eva Kyles; Godbrothers. Duane, Billy, and Byron Gregory; Godsister, Nikki Dickerson and her husband Cedric; Godchildren, Kenya King, Karnisha Newsome and her husband Te'rance, and T.J. Newsome Jr.; Godgrandchild: C.J. Dickerson; aunts, Mrs. Brunette Smith of Detroit, Mich., and Annette Matthews of Kalamazoo, Mich.; uncle, the Rev. Arcell Matthews of Detroit, Mich.; oldest cousin, Gloria Bradford Hays of Los Angeles, Cali.; and a host of cousins, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
Published in Bastrop Daily Enterprise from Feb. 13 to Feb. 19, 2009