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Joe Edward Odom

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Funeral services for Joe Edward Odom, 88, were held Sept. 6, 2018 at Eubanks Funeral Home in Canton with Ron Shultz and Travis Hunt officiating. Internment followed at Elm grove Cemetery near Mabank. Joe was born April 23, 1930 in the county line community near Mabank to parents William Hardy and Jessie Leona (Baker) Odom. He peacefully went to paradise Sept. 3, 2018 completing his labors on earth on Labor Day. Joe attended Mabank and Scurry Rosser schools, then Henderson County Junior College where he studied business and accounting. After much family tragedy and spending three years in a hospital, Joe met Anlene Whitton and they were married at the Mabank Church of Christ, Oct. 26, 1956 and they enjoyed almost 62 years together. They worked together saving and buying farm land where Joe enjoyed spending time cattle ranching. Joe loved working in the soil and was known for the wonderful watermelons he grew. About 1960, Joe started working as a field sales agent for Washington National Insurance Company for over 35 years. He quickly advanced to staff manager, then the company’s leading sales director in Greenville and Tyler for five consecutive years. He won many honors along the way, being crowned king and Anlene as his queen one year at the company’s national convention. He never missed winning any fabulous trips the company offered and earned his way into the Joe Edward Odom their elite Century Club winning two red blazers. After he retired he was rehired and worked several years all over the United States as a consultant for underperforming offices. Joe and Anlene lived in Tyler for 48 years where they raised their children. They were members of the Shiloh Road Church of Christ where Joe served as a Deacon of Finance, went on several mission trips to Mexico and had the privilege of baptizing four of his grandchildren into Christ. In 2014, Joe and Anlene moved back home to Mabank, built a house on their farm land and attended the same church they had been married in. Joe also served as a committee member for the Boy Scouts of America, Troup 354, as he and Anlene encouraged their grandson and helped Jordan attain the rank of Eagle Scout. Joe was an amazing husband, father, father-in-law, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend and will be missed by all who knew and loved him. He was very hardworking, somewhat quiet but strong and competitive. He loved watching the rangers, playing Dominoes and was known as a “42” shark. He dearly loved all his family and enjoyed pestering Anlene’s two little brothers when they were small, his own children and grandchildren. He loved taking his children and grandchildren to the farm. In 1949 he had no money but wanted a car so he took a buddy, raiding old junk car lots etc, gathering car parts and they built a hot rod that outran any automobile on the highways, at least until a highway patrol advised them to get the thing off the main highways. This was the inspiration for one grandson becoming a mechanical engineer. Joe was preceded in death by his parents, brother Robert, sister Marie, three infants and precious daughter, Shaun Odom Powell. Joe is survived by his loving wife Anlene, son-Joe Odom, Jr. and wife Kathy of Tulsa, Okla., daughter Charlotte Wagner and husband Craig of Rockwall, grandchildren Jordan Powell, Tyler and Garrett Odom of Tulsa, Okla., James Baune, Jr. and wife Ainsley of Orlando, Fla., Marine Cpl Austin Baune, Camp Lejeune, N.C., Aubree Baune of Dallas, Cassie Wagner of College Station, Allie Wagner of Nacogdoches, brothers Olen Ray “Buck” Odom of Whitton Community, Roland Glen “Midge” Odom of Mabank, sisters Willie Lois Pitts and Dorothy Cox of Scurry and a host of nieces, nephews, friends, neighbors and loved ones. Pallbearers were grandchildren Jordan Powell, Garrett Odom, James Baune, Jr., Aubree Baune, Marine Cpl Austin Baune and Anderson Baune. Honorary Pallbearers were Kenny Odom, Chris and Craig Cox, Billy Bob and Bruce Boofer, Cassie and Allie Wagner, Chuck Whitton, Mark Whitton, Loyd Wheeler, Jeff Woolverton, Bob Collins, Julio Vazquez and Les Burkett. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made in Joe’s memory to Hospice Of East Texas, 4111 University Blvd., Tyler, Tx. 75701, or Alzheimer’s Assoc. or Arms of Hope, 7065 Love, Quinlan, Tx 75474. The family would like to express their graditude to our extended family, the medical personnel of Hospice Of East Texas, especially Sally Chambless and Sonja Taylor who helped Anlene provide care for Joe at home and a host of friends and Christian brothers and sisters from the Mabank and Shiloh Road Church families in Tyler for their love and support.