Richard George Odom

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Richard George Odom

Richard George Odom was born on June 4, 1944, to D. C. and Eva Moon Odom. He passed from this life on May 27, 2013. Although graduating from Lecompte High School in 1962, he attended church at Beulah Baptist Church in Cheneyville and considered both towns "home."

After high school graduation, Richard attended Northwestern State University and earned a degree in Agri-Business. He then spent years farming cotton, soybeans, and corn before establishing Country Pines Nursery in Forest Hill with four locations for wholesale plants. It is one of the few nurseries licensed to propagate and grow the Encore Azaleas and the Southern Living Collection.

Richard was honored to be president of the Louisiana Nursery and Landscape Association and to receive their award for Outstanding Nurseryman of the Year. He also received the Professional Achievement Award for the development of the Crimson Azalea Series, which he patented. However, it was the James A. Forte Award for outstanding lifetime service to the nursery industry that pleased Richard the most.

Through the blessings of God, the support and sacrifices of family, as well as Richard's determination and commitment to excellence, Country Pines became successful and still enjoys a repeated reputation in the nursery industry. Richard was known as a leader in the industry as well as one who was always eager to help others become successful.

Richard was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Margaret Odom Girlinghouse.

Left to cherish his memory is his wife, Judy Harper Odom. He is also survived by his daughter, Jennifer Odom White and husband David of Branson, Missouri; his son, Travis, wife Shanti, and their three children: Samuel, Isaac, and Judah of Alexandria; stepchildren Daniel R. O'Neal, wife Cammie, and daughter Dani of Colorado Springs, Colorado; Colby H. O'Neal, wife Anna, and son Oliver of Bedford, Texas; stepdaughter, Kara K. Clanton, husband Carson, and son Maclaine of Arlington, Texas; his brother, J. D. Odom, wife Jeanette of Alexandria; and Richard's longtime friend, Tony Cangelosi of Medina, Ohio, who was and will remain a member of the family because of the special bond they enjoyed for many years.

The visitation for friends and family will be at Hixson Brothers Funeral Home on Jackson Street from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. Friday. Dr. B. David Brooks will preside over the services at Calvary Baptist Church beginning at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 1, 2013. Burial will be at Trinity Episcopal Church Cemetery in Cheneyville following the services.

The pallbearers honored to serve are Tony Cangelosi, Juan Garcia, Alonzo Garcia, Clifton Davis, Jerry Reynolds, and Monroe Thompson. The honorary pallbearers will be Jerry Eaves, Dr. Frank Fitzgerald, and Jose Garcia.

Special appreciation is given to Richard's pulmonologist at St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital in Houston, Dr. Carl Dahlberg. Richard always thanked Dr. Dahlberg for his personal care, consideration, and attention.

Memorials may be made to , P.O. Box 3704, Memphis, TN, 38173-0704.

To extend online condolences to the family, please visit us at www.hixsonbrothers.com.

Published in The Town Talk on May 31, 2013
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