Funeral services for Samuel Blake O'Dell, 22, of Hokes Bluff, who passed away Jan. 31, 2013, will be at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, at Fairview Baptist Church. Pastor Gary Williams, the Rev. Phil Winningham and the Rev. Chris Walker will officiate. Burial will follow at Fairview Baptist Cemetery. Glencoe-Hokes Bluff Funeral Chapel & Crematory is in charge.
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Blake was an amazing miracle from God. He was not supposed to survive his last heart surgery, but through God's grace he did and blessed his family with 22 wonderful years. He was a strong, Godly young man. He was very involved at Fairview Baptist Church and loved hunting and riding four-wheelers with friends. Blake had many struggles throughout his life but "Through it all" Blake kept God first in his life and family followed a close second. God had a plan for Blake and he chose to not make him suffer anymore, God took him home, and even though we are saddened by the loss of Blake, we give God the glory for all things He has done. The family wants to thank all of the close friends and family for all that they have done for Blake and family. Blake was a walking, talking, breathing miracle and God received the glory through Blake. "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me," Philippians 4:13.
He was preceded in death by his grandfathers, John Robert French Sr. and Donald Beard.
He is survived by his parents, Sammy and Annette O'Dell; sister, Bailey O'Dell (Zack) Mack; niece, Anslee Marie Mack; grandparents, Curtis and Janice O'Dell and Ann Beard; aunts, Jennifer O'Dell (Shane) Kelly and Jill Beard (David) Evans; uncles, John Scott (Sandy) O'Dell, John Robert (Cheryl) French Jr.; Charlotte Smith (Maw Maw); and a host of cousins and extended family.
Pallbearers will be Zack Mack, Baylen Clough, Austin Evans, Hayes Evans, Shane Howington, Justin Evans, David Wilson and Amin Morshedi.
Honorary pallbearers will be Mason Holmes, Trent Daugherty, Will O'Dell and Matt O'Dell.
Special thanks to the doctors and nurses at UAB Hospital; all of our extended family; and two close friends, Brian Bailey and Susie Martin.
The family will receive flowers or memorials may be made to the
in memory of Blake O'Dell.
The family will receive friends from 5 to 8 this evening at the funeral home.
The body will lie in state one hour prior to the service Sunday at the church.
Published in The Gadsden Times on Feb. 2, 2013