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James Edward O'Dell

December 25, 1942November 10, 2020
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James Edward O'Dell was born in Boomer, West Virginia on December 25th 1942. Jim took his last breath surrounded by family in the comfort of his home on Tuesday, November 10th 2020 after a long battle with COPD.

He was told he had 3 years to live in 2006. He managed his disease and outlived a death sentence by 11 years! The way he died is just like the way he lived. He wrote his own rules, he fought authority and he paved his own way. If you said he couldn't do it, he would make sure he did just to prove you wrong!

His most proud achievement in life was marrying the love of his life, Barbara Jean Brinn of Norfolk, VA on May 12, 1963. She supported him in all his glory during his heyday and lovingly supported him physically during their last days together.

Jim served in the US Air Force then moved on to be a dedicated, now retired, signalman for Norfolk and Western Railroad. Over the years he dabbled in several other businesses including, but not limited to, land development, video stores, convenient stores, restaurants, bars, flea markets, a car wash, laundromat, apartment building, woodworking, laser engraving, Internet sales. He was an overall entrepreneur at large and jack-of-all-trades. As he became sicker with COPD he began helping others into motorized wheelchairs to get around.

He is survived by his oldest daughter Kimberly Toney of Alum Creek West Virginia, her husband Ray and their 2 children Colton and Camryn Toney, his youngest daughter, Jennifer O'Dell, who resides in Breckenridge, Colorado and his oldest sister Betty Boley of Live Oak, Florida.

A Celebration of Life will be held at Dodd Payne Hess Funeral Home in Fayetteville, WV on Saturday, November 14th at 2pm.

In lieu of flowers and as an expression of sympathy memorial donations may be made to Hospice Care of Southern WV PO Box 1472 Beckley WV 25802 who our family cannot thank enough for helping our loved one pass peacefully.

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Thomas Ball

November 20, 2020

He was a good man. I can remember when I was younger, my dad would take me to his video store. I would rent the same movie each week. I loved going in there because he always gave me a candy bar too. Anyway, one time when I went to return the movie, he told me to keep it!!! Prayers to the family!

Kathryn Rogers

November 12, 2020

Christmas will now always be bittersweet. Will miss my Uncle Sam.

Kenneth Walker

November 12, 2020

One of the first things I saw this morning was this painting that used to be in front of dad's fireplace. Last exit before toll on Norfolk/ Va Beach highway. You could see this from their 4 room and path house.
Jim was told the city line was down middle of the street in front of his house, and he couldn.t get a building permit from either city,
Another 'I'll show you!' , moment in his life. So many memories to cherish!!!

Jennifer ODell

November 12, 2020

Kimberly Toney

November 12, 2020

Christmas at our house the last year he travelled...

Kenneth Walker

November 12, 2020

So many memories of a life well lived, a fighter who never gave up, a man who faced down the world by saying, "I'll show you!" ; and a gentleman who loved his family fiercely.
I was fortunate enough to stay with them the last week of November 1970, and hear him tell how advanced his 'new little girl' had become. He said that Kim had 'got him up, cooked his breakfast, and packed his lunch'.

Steven Gray

November 11, 2020

My thought and Prayer are with you and your family. Sam will be sorely missed by all that knew him.

I have many fond memories of my Uncle Sam. I think the one that sticks out today is when I was 15 years old and I talked him into giving me a driving lesson. I stalled the car in the middle of the road on a Blind Curve at the bottom of Woolwine Hill, West Virginia.

Sam kept says in a very calm voice. Stevie you have to let the clutch out slowly! His voice became increasing more loving with each time I popped the Clutch and Stalled again, Again and AGAIN >>>>.

Uncle Sam, you will be truly Missed.

Steven Gray

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