James Ray Odham Jr.

June 20, 1971June 22, 2013
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James "Jimmy" Ray Odham, Jr., 42, of New Bern died Saturday, June 22, 2013, at Vidant Medical Center in Greenville.

He was co-owner of Cotten Funeral Home before its sale in 1998. He was currently working for the company that owns the funeral home as a Market Manager where he continued to lead Cotten Funeral Home and other funeral homes and cemeteries throughout Eastern North Carolina. He enjoyed hunting and spending time with his family. He was a member of the Beaver Creek Hunting Club and the New Bern Elks Lodge.

He is preceded in death by his grandparents, B. T. and Doris Odham, Walter Kernade and Berta Wilson, and Ruby and Ralph Morris.

He is survived by his wife, Crystal Powers Odham; two sons, James Odham III and Matthew Odham both of the home; parents, James Ray and Carolyn W. Odham of New Bern; mother, Mary Jo Lowdermilk of Vanceboro and brother, Joe Lowdermilk of Vanceboro.

Visitation will be held Tuesday, June 25, 2013, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Cotten Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, June 26, 2013, at 11:00 a.m. at Cotten Funeral Home. Interment will be at Greenleaf Memorial Park.

Online condolences may be made to the Odham family at

Arrangements are under the direction of Cotten Funeral Home & Crematory.


  • Visitation Tuesday, June 25, 2013
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, June 26, 2013

James Ray Odham Jr.

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Bob Snow

July 2, 2013

Very sorry to hear of Jimmy's passing. My sympathies to the family.

Lynn C. Simpson

July 2, 2013

Just want you to know Crystal, that you and your boys are still in our prayers and thoughts. If there is anything thing we can do for you just let us know. Just remember that you are all in GODS tender care. He will get you through all of this, as will your family and friends. Love you and the boys sweetheart. Love Lynn, Fred and ASHLEY SIMPSON.

billy oney

July 2, 2013

james very sorry to hear about jimmy billy oney

The Martin

July 1, 2013

Our thoughts are with you during this traumatic time. Paul, Dawn, Alexx & Reese Martin

Marilu Morse

June 29, 2013

Crystal, James, and Matthew, my heart goes out to you at this time and in the days ahead. Please know you remain in my thoughts and prayers even though I am far away from you. Mrs. Morse

Alan and Joyce Snow

June 27, 2013

Tammy, we were so sorry to hear about your cousin Jimmy's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Please let us know if there is anything we can do.

Robert Wilkerson

June 27, 2013

I learned about jimmy's hospitalization about a week before I heard of his death. We have had little contact since the sale of Cotten FH, yet I hold fond memories of Jimmy when we both served on the NCFDA board of directors together. It was a time when we communicated frequently about work trials and pleasures. He was a joy to travel with and interact with professionally. I express my sympathy to Crystal and all of his family. May God bless you during this most difficult time.

Mykel Litterell

June 27, 2013

Our deepest sympathies to the Odom family during this unexpected time, from your business partners at Bratcher Funeral Home. God Bless.

June 27, 2013

Crystal, I will be praying for you and your family. I want ever
forget the many times I went in the florist and bought beautiful flowers
from you both. Just loved you both dearly. God Bless You, He will
surely be missed. Ann Cox Vancebor, NC

John and Cyndi McAlexander

June 27, 2013

Jimmy was a remarkable young man, he will be missed by all that knew him and the world will be a lesser place with his absence. James Ray and Carolyn you have our condolences and prayers if you need anything please let us know.
John and Cyndi McAlexander
Montclair, VA