ESSEX - Thelbert Odum, 79, died Nov. 9, 2002, at the Sikeston Convalescent Center.
Born Nov. 11, 1922, in Hornersville, son of the late Joseph C. and Beulah Leah McCain Odum, he lived in Essex most of his life. He retired as a road grader operator with the Essex Special Road District and was a member of the Church of Christ in Essex.
His first wife, Thelma Marie Johnson, preceded him in death in 1974.
On March 10, 1975, in Dexter, he married Oleta Allgood who survives of the home.
Other survivors include: one son, Loyd Odum of Essex; three daughters, Shirley Slaten and JoAnn James of Sikeston and Jeanette Bonee~ of Blytheville, Ark.; one brother, Odell Odum of Sikeston; seven grandchildren, Michael Cobb of Bloomfield, Scott Cobb of Kalispell, Mont., Todd Slaten, Billy James and Amy King of Sikeston and Dana Odum and Cortney Odum of Essex.
One brother, J.R. Odum, also preceded him in death.
Visitation is from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Watkins and Sons Funeral Home in Dexter where services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Tuesday. Herman Morse of Dexter and Mitchell Jackson of Sikeston will officiate.
Burial will follow in the Essex Cemetery.