A resident of Watson, Odom Graves died at 1 a.m. Wednesday, March 17, 2010, at his home. He was 86 and native of Watson. He was a retired sheriff of Livingston Parish. Visitation will be held at Live Oak United Methodist Church in Watson on Friday, March 19, from 8 a.m. until religious services at 2 p.m., conducted by the Rev. Mark Crosby, the Rev. Wes Courtney and the Rev. Tommy Bergeron. Interment in the church cemetery. He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Wynona Lea Graves; two daughters and sons-in-law, Frances and Charles LaFleur, and Marilyn and Darrell Jarreau; a son and daughter-in-law, Willie and Elaine Edwards Graves; five grandchildren, Amy Jarreau Barylak and husband Alex, Kelly LaFleur, Jacob Jarreau, Marcy Jarreau and Whitney Graves; two great-grandchildren, Avery and Brock Barylak; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, five sisters and two brothers. Special thanks to his caregivers, Carolyn Russell, Mattie Shilling and Valerie Durnin. He was a member of Live Oak United Methodist Church in Watson. Memorial donations may be made to the Live Oak United Methodist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 709, Watson, LA 70786.
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Published in The Advocate on Mar. 19, 2010