Joshua Scott Oden

March 30, 1987March 19, 2021

Joshua Scott Oden, 33, passed from this life to Heaven on Friday, March 19, 2021. Beloved son, brother and friend to so many, Josh was known for his love of his family and his country and his dogs, Saiga, Athena and Sig. He never went anywhere without his cowboy boots and he was completely smitten, indelibly in love with one incredible woman – the great love of his life. He was loyal and true; no one ever had a better friend. Not ever. Josh was a gun collector and relished trading, buying, repairing, shooting and talking about it all with anybody who was not paying attention and brought up the subject as well as lots of dear friends who shared his passion. His circle of friends meant the world to him. Josh was a force to be reckoned with; his personality filled the room. He never met a stranger and was dedicated to his professional life. It was a full life. Joshua loved his Mimi’s homemade ice cream and her Thanksgiving dressing. He always wanted extra gravy. He was an experimental cook and loved grilling steaks outdoors. Bacon was his favorite protein and cheese made him very happy. When he discovered Microwave-Ready Bacon, he was elated! If you knew him in his early years, you know he loved baseball and that, as a little boy, built ramps for his bike. He played paintball constantly from middle school until he started to work at Pilot Catastrophe 10 years ago. Josh loved playing trumpet, playing in the marching band at Davidson High School and later at the University of West Alabama. Joshua quickly grew into his life on the job and became an Admin Manager at Pilot, leading teams of insurance adjusters over the past few years. He walked alongside experienced adjusters and taught new ones the skills they would need to succeed. He never liked fake anything and was wonderfully direct though, when called upon, did, in fact, have a filter. It was a skill he learned but did not consider that it was kind to use it with people he loved. Joshua loved a good story – especially if he was the one telling it. He was funny and strong, gentle-hearted and kind, straightforward and smart. There will never be another soul like him in this world. We will see him again in Heaven. Promise. Those left behind missing him include his father, John Oden, his mother, Annette Oden, his brother, Justin Oden and his sister, Aliyah Oden Hines (Tolbert) as well as his Grandfather, Bobby Oden, his grandmother, Linda Oden and his grandmother, Ruby Tucker, as well as aunts, uncles, cousins and a host of friends who are like family. He was preceded in his homegoing to Heaven by his beloved grandfather, James Tucker, and his wonderful grandmother, Velma Patterson. Visitation for Josh will be at the Chapel of Cottage Hill Baptist Church on Cottage Hill Road in Mobile from 11:30 – 1:30 on Friday, March 26, 2021. The service to honor him and his precious life will begin at 1:30 PM. Graveside to follow immediately at Pine Crest West Cemetery on Snow Road.


  • John and Annette Oden, Parents
  • Justin Oden, Brother
  • Aliyah Oden Hines and Tolbert Hines, Sister and Brother-in-law


  • Visitation

    Friday, March 26, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Friday, March 26, 2021

  • Committal Service

    Friday, March 26, 2021


Joshua Scott Oden

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John Drinkard

April 14, 2021

Sometimes a person comes along that shines a light on this dark world. Josh was one of those people. He found joy in the simplest of things; a good story, a funny joke, or a bag of homemade beef jerky.
We worked closely together for too short a period of time. He was the boss and I was the new guy. He taught me the job, but more importantly he taught me to not become consumed by the job.
Today I am a supervisor, and I conduct my team in much the same way Josh conducted his, because I learned from the best.
Your life was too short, brother. But I am so glad you were here.

Jeannea Spence

March 26, 2021

I really don’t have the words to express my sorrow. Josh had become a good friend and, though we were so very different, I treasured my friendship with him and valued his honesty and sense of humor most of all. He will be missed.

Beatrice Mburo

March 23, 2021

My deepest condolences to the entire family. May you find comfort knowing he is in a better place. He was a great manager in Mobile AL