Odell Winston Hearns
Odell Winston Hearns

Odell Elizabeth Frye Winston Hearns, 86, formerly of Charlottesville, Va., passed away peacefully on Monday, July 12, 2021, in Richmond, Va., following a weekend of being surrounded by her loving family, friends and caregivers. She was born on September 4, 1934, in Albemarle Co. into the Chestnut Grove Community to the late Andrew Lee and Estelle Radcliffe Cobbs Frye.

Odell attended school in Chestnut Grove, Albemarle Training School and graduated high school in 1953 from Jackson P. Burley High School. She was a dedicated employee to many families and later worked at Carriage Cleaners, retiring with 29 years of service. At age 55, she completed the necessary training to become a CNA, Certified Nursing Assistant. Odell worked for many years in the local retirement communities in Charlottesville and in private homes, where she was well-known for doing what she always did best - providing love and compassionate nursing care to her patients.

At an early age, Odell joined Chestnut Grove Baptist Church where she participated in the many facets of church life. In 1954, she married George Winston and moved to the Milton Community where she joined Rose Hill Baptist Church. At Rose Hill she served as president of the Missionary Circle, a member of the Senior Choir, a member of the Pastor's Aide Club and the Usher Board. The missionary work that gave her the most joy and satisfaction was visiting the sick and shut-in and delivering dinners as a part of the community soup kitchen – for this activity she and her partner earned the nicknames "Paul and Silas".

Odell loved her family, family gatherings, vacations, "field trips" and any activity where a good meal and fun could be shared. Survivors include her husband, William B. Hearns and her daughters, Brenda Winston Phillips and Angela Winston Fitzgerald, of Richmond, Va. Odell is also survived by her grandsons, John L. Winston (Gina), John R. Fitzgerald, III, and Keith G. Balmer (Melissa); granddaughter, Tierra B. Lackey; great-granddaughters, Jayla Freeman, Alessia Balmer and McKenna Winston; her nephews, Richard Cobbs (Linda), and Tony Cobbs (Teraceta); and her nieces, Sylvia Roy, Terri Frazier and Odelle Melinda Rosario (Carlos and Paje). Other survivors include her stepdaughter, Elizabeth Hearns Coles and her children, "Tommy", Bland, Sonya and Rick and their families; and her dear cousin, Barbara Radcliffe Grey and her sons, Robert and Michael. Of her many devoted and loving family and friends are the Winstons, Greens, Yates, Margaret Bryant, Pauline Johnson, Mary Reaves, Ken'Dra Clack, Clarence Walker, Delroy Salmon and Godson, Paul Johnson. Odell was preceded in death by her parents, her late husband; her son, Wayne Winston; her brothers, Nathan Cobbs, Andrew Frye Jr., and Tommy Frye; and her granddaughter, Samone Phillips.

A graveside funeral service will be held at Chestnut Grove Baptist Church, 1601 Old Lynchburg Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903, on Saturday, July 24, 2021, at 10 a.m. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Cha Cha's Care Home, c/o Theresa Banda, 6291 Simi Court, Mechanicsville, VA 23111.
Published by Daily Progress from Jul. 15 to Jul. 22, 2021.
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Chestnut Grove Baptist Church
1601 Old Lynchburg Road, Charlottesville, VA
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I remember Odell from the time she worked with my wife at Carriage Cleaners and especially the love and kindness that she showed my wife when she was sick for so long. May she spend eternity in the arms of our Lord Jesus.
William Hepler
July 23, 2021
I am sorry to hear of Ms. Odell´s passing. I have known and loved her all my life. My Aunt MaryEtta was married to Bud Frye and she has always been that "Angel" looking out for me. She would show up at my job with a card or flowers whenever I lost someone close to me and she would always say a little bird told me. She was well loved and will truly be missed. May you find comfort in your wonderful memories. She brought sunshine into many lives. Be blessed.
Elnora Grooms
July 22, 2021
My auntie Odell, I love you so much. I will keep my great memories until we meet again. Odell, please enjoy the permanent yellow roses until I come home and then we will walk the rose garden together. I love you!
Sarah Holland
July 22, 2021
Hello Brenda, May your hearts always be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times spent together with your mom, as you celebrate a life well lived. We love you and will continue to keep the family in prayer.
Footlight Ladies Family at Hunter Holmes Medical Center in Richmond
July 19, 2021
Ms. Odell-I´m going to miss you. :(. Lynn
Lynn Omohundro
July 17, 2021
I was shock to read this that my friend also a woman that I always thought as my mother pass away. I always love you God has a angel that he called home. Until we meet again my friend. Blessings to the family .
Kimberley walton
July 17, 2021
Dear Brenda, I am beyond sad to read my mail and find that your sweet Mother has passed. I understood that she was with you in Richmond. Odell and my family go so far back to the days when she and my sister Estelle first went to Burley High School. Odell would come to our home in Simeon in the early 50´s to spend the night with us. Odell and Estelle were very good friends. Estelle passed away in early 2020. Brenda, blessings to you and your family and be reassured that God´s WILL will sustain you, which He has already through this season of sadness as well. Much love always from your family friend Sylvia
Sylvia P Coles
July 15, 2021
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