Vivian "Corki O'Dell" Gist
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Vivian "Corki O'Dell" Gist

Nolensville, TN

Age 80, died peacefully on May 11, 2017. Corki was born in Bunch, Oklahoma and raised in Phoenix, Arizona, where she began her career as a musician and entertainer, working with Rock-N-Roll greats such as Duanne Eddy, Lee Hazelwood and Stanford Clark. In 1969, she married Kenny O'Dell and they moved to Nashville where Kenny pursued his songwriting career, penning "Behind Closed Doors" for his precious wife. Corki was inducted into the Musicians Hall of Fame in 2014 honoring her work as the first female Rock-N-Roll session musician (the first side chick). She was a loving wife and mother and a great friend to everyone she met.

She is survived by her husband, Kenneth "Kenny O'Dell" Gist; her children, Diana Rose, Sandra (Chuck) Blevens & Al (Donna) Casey; 7 grandchildren, Kirsten (Matt) Hawk, Cassie (Gordon) Gameson, Sara Draffen, Kara (Terriance) Harper, Denton Casey, Taylor Casey & Kyle Blevens; and 5 great grandchildren.

Visitation will be Monday, May 15, 2017, from 4-8 p.m. at Woodbine Funeral Home, HICKORY CHAPEL, 5852 Nolensville Road.

Memorial contributions may be made to Musicians Hall of Fame. Woodbine Funeral Home, Hickory Chapel, Directors 615-331-1952 Still Family Owned.

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Published in Tennessean on May 14, 2017.
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September 26, 2019
Rest in Peace "Corki", and thank you for sharing a part of your trailblazing life with us. Wonderful....
Harry Simpson
May 16, 2017
To the Gist Family: My heartfelt sympathies go out to the family and friends during this difficult time. I hope that the promise in 1 Thessalonians 4:14 can bring comfort. Knowing that there's a hope for the ones we have lost in death can be so reassuring.
May 16, 2017
I'm so sorry for your loss. Please know that God cares for you. Look to Him for help by pouring out your heart in prayer.
May 16, 2017
I am so sorry for the loss of your loved one. God is the hearer of prayers. May the God of comfort give your family peace and calmness during your time of grief.
May 15, 2017
So sorry we lost touch, think of you often. So sorry for your great loss. You and your family are in my prayers. Much love, MaryAlice, Danny, Terri and Brandy Goldsboro
MaryAlice Pitchford
May 15, 2017
Sending my love and support to Kenny, Diana, Sandra, Al and the entire family.

I'm feeling sad that I can't be there with you but also feeling the deepest gratitude for our enduring relationships.

May your hearts be held with gentle and tender support and the kindness and grace of the unconditional love that Corki shared with all those she touched.
Byron Metcalf
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