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Charles Odum, Jr., 83

Charles  Odum, Jr., 83 years, 4 months, and 24 days old, passed to heaven on Jan. 21, 2012 at Missouri Veteran’s Home, St. James, Mo.

Charles was born Aug. 28, 1928 in Carrier Mills, Ill., to Charles and Gladys (Stout) Odum. He was united in marriage to Deloris Broy in 1947.  She preceded him in death in 1981.

Charles was a veteran of the Army Air Corps and served in Japan from 1946-1949. He worked in the underground coal mines in southern Illinois. In 1979 he retired with 20 years at Allsteel Equipment Company, Aurora, Ill., as a painter-finisher. Charles was ordained a Southern Baptist minister, retiring in 1996.  He was a graduate of the University of Illinois, Carbondale with a degree in psychology. Charles was a member of the Charles Haddon Spurgeon Society of the William Jewell College and a member of the First Southern Baptist of Ava.

On Dec. 17, 1982 Charles and Linda (Thacher-St. Clair) were united in marriage in Hannibal, Mo.

Survivors include his wife Linda, of the home; one daughter, Debra Lowry and husband Emil, Ralston, Neb.; one stepdaughter, Carla Jacobs and husband Steffan, Omaha, Ark.; two granddaughters, Becki Lowry and Kristen Pikop; three step-grandchildren, Lucas and Hannah Metcalf and Riley Jacobs; two great-grandchildren, Leah and Logan Pikop; brothers-in-law, Roy Thacher and Larry Thacher; mother-in-law, Leatha Jane Thacher; nephews, nieces, and many friends.

Charles was preceded by his parents; one stepson, Emmett St. Clair; one brother, Lester Odum; and one sister-in-law, Ann Odum.

Funeral services for Charles were Tuesday, Jan. 24 at 11 a.m. at First Southern Baptist Church, Ava, Mo.  Visitation was Tuesday, from 9:30 a.m. until service time at the church. Officiating was Bro. Tom Maples. Burial was Wednesday, Jan. 25, at the Carrier Mills Cemetery, Carrier Mills, Ill.  Memorials may be made to Gideons or First Southern Baptist Church.

Services were under the direction of Clinkingbeard Funeral Home, Ava.

Online condolences may be made to www.clinkingbeardfuneral