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Ode Burrell Jr.

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Ode Burrell, Jr. of Gautier, MS passed away Saturday, February 28, 2009, in Bay St Louis, MS.
Ode was born September 15, 1939 to the late Ode E. and Myrtice Burrell in Goodman, MS. He was an athlete from an early age excelling in football and track. He received a degree from Mississippi State University and played with the Houston Oilers from 1964-1969 as a tailback. He received many awards including Senior Bowl MVP, Liberty Bowl MVP, Blue-Gray Game MVP, Houston Oilers MVP 1967, Pro Bowl 1967, College All American to name a few. He coached at various schools Bogalusa High School, Holmes Community College, Vancleave High School, Stone County High School, St. Stanislaus High School and Gulf Coast Community College where he retired. He was a member of the MSU "M" Club, Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame, Mississippi Coaches Association, Holmes Community College Hall of Fame, Mississippi State University Sports Hall of Fame, Mississippi Junior College Sports Hall of Fame, NFL Alumni Association.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Ray Burrell; three sisters, Dot Hines, Matha Ainsworth and Mary Ellen Burrell.
He is survived by his wife of almost 47 years, Shirley Burrell of Gautier, MS; a son, Jack Burrell and his wife, Patti of Fairhope, AL; a daughter, Beth Seymour and her husband, Steve of Kiln, MS; a sister, Carrie Ferguson of Durant, MS; four grandchildren, Summer Cuevas ( Lance), Hunter Seymour, Lauren Burrell and Jack Burrell Jr.; and a great granddaughter, Brooklyn Cuevas.
Visitation will be Wednesday, March 4, 2009, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at O'Bryant-O'Keefe Funeral Home in Pascagoula, MS with funeral service beginning at 1 p.m. Pastor Eddie Bradley will officiate the service and John Howard Patton, Jimmy Ray Everett, Hoyle Granger, Walter Swanzy, Don Edwards, John Allen Autry, Charlie Shaw, and Jerry Brock will serve as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be all former team mates. Interment will follow at Serene Memorial Gardens in Escatawpa, MS.
In lieu of flowers, the family request donations in his memory be made to MS State Bulldog Club.
Those unable to attend may sign guest register online at
Published in Clarion Ledger on Mar. 3, 2009
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