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HAMPTON - Eunice Virginia Fetters Odell Newsome, "Memaw," went to her reward after 98 fulfilling years, on Friday, Apr. 20, 2012, surrounded by her loving family.
She was born Dec. 28, 1913, in Onancock, Va., to the late Thomas and Bernice Fetters.
The family moved from the Eastern Shore to Newport News, Va., and Eunice graduated from Newport News High School in 1929. In 1931, she married the late Otis E. Odell Sr., and became a federal employee working in the personnel office at Fort Monroe. She then went on to become the personnel manager at the Kecoughtan VA Hospital in Hampton, Va., a position she held until retirement. She was a member of Phoebus Baptist Church at the time.
In 1967, Eunice married the late Walter J. Newsome and later relocated to Mathews, Va., where she and "Poppa Walt" spent 20 wonderful years together. She was an active member of Mathews Baptist Church, during this time, where she used her wonderful gift of song to support the choir and taught Sunday school classes. In 1988, Eunice moved back to Hampton, Va., and attended Restoration Church Phoebus Baptist.
Eunice, or "Memaw" as she was lovingly known by her family, will be greatly missed. Her affinity and zeal for life, sense of humor, smile and laugh, and unconditional love, along with her inspirational and unshakeable faith in God, will always be remembered by those who knew her. Her family and her faith were the cornerstones of her life. Visits to Memaw's house meant laughter, singing, good food, family togetherness and maybe a spirited game of dice or two, or three (it depended on whether the girls or boys were winning). She possessed a truly exceptional soul-and could turn away any care or trouble with a word and a hug.
In addition to her parents and husbands, Eunice was preceded in death by two sisters, Edith Hellman and Bernice Ann Fetters; two brothers, Andy and Tommy Fetters; and a son, Otis E. Odell Jr.
She leaves behind to celebrate her life and cherish her memory two sisters, Effie Wilder and Peggy Alsing; three children, Jerry L. O'Dell (Dot), Joyce A. Rule (Bob), and Judith W. Ball and her husband, Bobby, Gayle Newsome and Maxine Newsome; along with many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great great-grandchildren.
A viewing will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, April 23, 2012, at R. Hayden Smith Funeral Home, 245 S Armistead Avenue, Hampton, Va. Interment and the graveside service will take place 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 24, 2012, at H.C. Smithers Cemetery, Hudgins, Va., presided by Pastor Ed Inabinet. A celebration of Eunice's life will be conducted by Pastor Thom Schutt at 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 24, at Restoration Church Phoebus Baptist, 508 Fox Hill Road, Hampton, Va. A reception will immediately follow services.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to Restoration Church Phoebus Baptist, or a donation in Eunice's memory to the charity of your choice. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

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Published in Daily Press from Apr. 23 to Apr. 24, 2012.
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April 26, 2012
Dear Jerry and Joyce, I'm so sad. Your Mother meant so much to me. Joyce, remember when your mother would play the piano and we would gather around her and sing hymns? I loved her kindness and sweetness. She is gone, but she is deep in the hearts of the people who knew her. Tinka Hale Barrett
April 25, 2012
Mama, there are no words that can describe the hole that has been left in my heart or the void in my life since God took you home, knowing I have the assurance of seeing you again makes it possible to go on..I have seen the strength you always had, just one of the many things we as children grew up with, your love for Jesus,which gave you that unconditional for us, you were always there to hold..and help in any way you could with no judgment, and great advise when asked, I thank God everyday and feel so Blessed that He choose you to be My Mama..I love you so much...Joyce
Joyce Rule
April 24, 2012
To my friend, Jerry, and his sister, Joyce who I knew years ago. Deepest sympathy in the loss of your mother. It is not easy to lose one's mother, no matter what the circumstances or how long she lived. Bob and I will remember you in our prayers. Sincerely,
Joann Wallace George
April 24, 2012
Joyce,Joan,Jerry & Family
Your mom was such a blessing to my husband David & myself. Our thoughts & prayers are with you. We hope to see you@Restoration Church 2day as we all join together to celebrate her life.
Lucille Perkins
April 23, 2012
Love, laughter, smiles, joy & inspiration; what a beautiful legacy left by a beautiful person. Our thoughts, prayers & love are with you all. Betty Ann & Bob
Betty Ann Fletcher
April 23, 2012
Dear Jerry and Family,
I had the priviledge of knowing your mother. She was a very sweet individual. I know you all loved her dearly. I loved her too as she was a
1931 Typhoon. Our deepest sympathy to you and your family. God Bless. Mickey and Carol Marcella
April 23, 2012
Please accept my deepest sympathies.
Vi and Paul Sulzberger
April 23, 2012
My thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of bereavement. May the good example of a life well lived, love and happy memories be of great inspiration and comfort to your family.
Delisa Smith
April 23, 2012
Memaw, everyone who ever came into your presence could instantly feel your love and faith. There was never a person who did not feel like family once they entered your house. Countless people today can say "She taught me about Jesus" and the true love of the Lord. We miss you, we love you and we look so forward to seeing you again.
Rick Mounts
April 23, 2012
Will always remember her kindness. My thoughts and prayer are with her wonderful family.
Julie Hatch Brown
April 23, 2012
Memaw - I am thankful that I was able to know you. I thoroughly enjoyed, and learned from, the time we spent together. When times were troubling and I doubted - you inspired me to keep trying. You were truly the air beneath my wings. And through all the trials you suffered in your life - I never saw you cry nor heard you say "Why me?" - just a calm resoluteness, a smile and the will and ability to carry on. There can be no better role model or example of pure faith. Though I will miss your physical presence, I will take solace in the knowledge that you have obtained your reward.
I love you.
Your "Number one grandson"
Clyde Mounts
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