• "Mike, you are remembered for the joy and sweetness you..."
  • "You are one of the best men I have ever meant. Your heart..."
    - Sandie MacWelch
  • "To all of Michael's family especially his brothers and..."
    - Ann Heintzelman Barbagallo
  • "Rest In Peace Bear, Keep Lil' Mikey straight up there...."
    - Mikey Young
  • "To Mark and family... My heartfelt condolences to you all. ..."
    - Madonna Parent



Of Christiansburg VA, passed away on Tuesday, December 11, 2012. He was born in Bethesda, MD as one of seven children to the late Lawrence Xavier and Alice Parshall Odum. Mike attended St. Mary's grade school and graduated from Duval High School in 1969. A United States Army Veteran, Mike served in Viet Nam and was afforded a disability retirement. He was a member of American Legion Post and Moose Lodge.
Michael is survived by his loving wife Karen, daughters Michelle Dawn and Krista Jean; stepdaughters Audrey, Rosalie, Tara, Angela, and Amy; siblings Laura, Mark, Joe and wife Becky, John, and Tamie and husband Braxton; 12 grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Services will be held at Arlington National Cemetery. Arrangements by DeVilbiss Funeral Home, Radford, Va., 540-639-2422.

Published in The Washington Post on Dec. 19, 2012
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