John Allen Odham, Jr.

June 13, 1928 - September 6, 2008
John Allen Odham, Jr.

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John Odham, Jr. passed away on Saturday, September 6, 2008 at his home after a brief illness.

John was preceded in death by his parents John Odham and Gladys Brown Odham and a brother, Bobby Odham.

John was a life long native of Wilmington and a veteran of the US Navy, assigned to the USS Wisconsin. He was a senior alumni member of the Boys Brigade and a
member of the Moose Lodge.

John was an avid gardener. He loved to grow fruits and vegetables from seed.
John enjoyed the outdoors, especially the ocean and fishing, even though he
never actually caught any fish!

John loved his family very much and will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

He is survived by his wife Violet Odham and dog “Buddy” of the home, his brother Harry Odham and wife, Judy, his son John Odham and wife Nancy, his son Gary Odham and daughter Sherry Hand and husband Richard of Wilmington. Three
stepchildren, Vicki Tkach and husband Mike of Maryland, Stan Soderstrom and wife Jeanette of Maryland and Juanita Hardee of Leland. Also, are his
grandchildren, Shawn Hardee, Nicholas Hardee, Michelle Huff, Karen Hardee, Jodie Boyd, Kathy Knott, Dean Odham, Kelly and Reid Hand. Great grandchildren,
Shyann Boyd, Haley Odham, Anna Hardee, Logan and Robert Littrell, Nathan Huff, Anton and Amaria George.

A memorial service will be held 11:00 Wednesday September 10, 2008 at Fellowship Baptist Church 5709 Murrayville Road, 791.9054 Pastor Arnold Griffin will officate. The family will greet friends after the service.

The family would like memorials be directed to the Brigade Boys and Girls Club, 2759 Vance St
Wilmington, NC 28412.

Condolences may be made to the family at

Wilmington Burial and Cremation Service 1535 S. 41st Street Wilmington, NC 28403. 910.791.9099

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  • September 09, 2008
    Bill Teague says:
    To Harry Odham: Sorry to hear of you brother's passing. Our prayers are with you and all of the family. If you forgot, we played little bigger league ball for Mrs Whitted.

  • September 12, 2008
    Angie Odham Clausen says:
    I will miss you Uncle John. Have fun memories of you that I will keep forever in my heart. I love you. Angie

  • September 09, 2008
    Dana Powell says:
    Johnny & Gary Sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you.And Mrs. Odham

  • September 09, 2008
    DAN HARDEE says:
    I met John for the first time in 1974. Nita wanted me to meet her Mom and John. They were at Wrightsville Beach that day. It was a hot end of July day. We drove down to the south end where just before you make that sharp lefthand turn I saw a boat setting half way in Banks Channel.The tide was falling, John was fishing off the back Vi was in the middle and a dog ( Bo Bo I think) was diving in the water after sea shells that Vi was throwing in.Vi was wearing a beer can hat and John just kept fishing. That was a good day !!! I will miss him, and I will continue to pray for Vi and all of the family.

  • September 11, 2008
    Harry & Judy Odham says:
    I will miss my brother, and his chidren and grandchildren are in my prayers. I remember when I was about seven or eight years old,I could really make him mad. I had really small arms, and he would squeeze them with two fingers and make me squeal. I learned to get away from him when I made him mad. When we got older,he told once that he didn't think he wanted to try and squeeze my arms anymore.I will miss our talks.