MARION -Lorenzo Dow Odum, 89, passed away at 11:01 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012, in Herrin Rehab and Nursing Center.
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Lorenzo was born in Pittsburg on Sept. 12, 1923, the son of Stella (Scott) and Lorenzo Dow Odum Sr.
He married Hazel Lea Davis on Nov. 10, 1943, in Henderson, Ky. Together they shared 69 years of marriage.
Mr. Odum was a member of Third Baptist Church in Marion.
He worked for Union Carbide in Oakridge, Tenn.
He was a member of Saline Masonic Lodge 39 of Goreville, where he served as Worshipful Master in 1987, and also the Masonic Lodge in Kingston. He was also a member of Scottish Rites in Knoxville and the National Rifle Association.
Dow was a World War II Navy veteran.
Survivors include his wife, Hazel Lea Odum of Marion; sons, Dow Odum III and wife, Marsha, of Marion, and Stephen Odum and wife, Mary, of Collierville, Tenn.; two grandsons, Matt Odum and wife, Tawnya, of Marion and Jason Odum and wife, Christie, of Marion; and four great-grandchildren, Drew Odum, Peyton Odum, Kara Odum, all of Marion, and Jason Odum Jr. of Memphis, Tenn.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one grandson, Justin Odum; one great-granddaughter, Alei Brooke Odum; one brother, Charles Dallas Odum; and two sisters, Lodema Kuebler and Lola Kennedy.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, in Mitchell-Hughes Funeral Home, with Pastor Scott Kallem officiating. Burial will be in Rose-Hill Cemetery with military rites presented by Marion's VFW Post 1301, American Legion Post 147 and members of the National Guard Flag Detail Unit. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home, with Masonic rites presented at 7 p.m. by members of Saline Masonic Lodge 39 of Goreville.
For additional information or to sign the guest memorial register please visit www.hughesfuneralhomes.com.
Published in The Southern Illinoisan on Nov. 16, 2012