April 24, 1925 – September 3, 2010
The U.S. flag flutters at half-mast on 3159 Lakeshore Drive. Robert E. L. "Bob" Odom, another member of the "Greatest generation," has passed away.
He served during WW II in the South Pacific on LST#1130 as a Gunnery Mate-3 for the US Navy. Born in Chipley, Florida April 24, 1925 to John Wesley Odom and Abbie Vickers, he came to Tallahassee after the war and worked for a time with Bachelor Oil Company and then went to work for Orkin Exterminating. After twenty-two years he worked his way from exterminator to leading salesman, then to operator. He then opened his own exterminating company and became known as that "Ole Bug-Man." For thirty years Odom Exterminating serviced North Florida from Panama City all the way to Lake City.
Bob Odom is pre-deceased by his wife, Joyce Hobbs Hosford Odom, one stepson, Robert G. Hosford, one very special great-granddaughter, Devon Hosford, his parents and step-mother, Bessie Vickers Odom, brothers, Rufus Odom, Lloyd Odom, Paul Odom, and Doyle Odom.
Bob Odom is survived by a sister, Sadie Ruth Lovett, of Southport, a brother, Charles E. "Jim" Odom, another sister, Shirley Ammons and husband, Horace of Tarpon Springs; he leaves a step-son Laurie H. Hosford and wife, Karen, step-grandsons, Robert Michael Hosford, Ronald Gordon Hosford, Stephen Wayne Hosford, and Paul Thomas Hosford. Surviving step-granddaughter is Shannon Leigh Hosford, step-great-grandchildren are: Jeanna Hosford, Thomas Gordon Hosford, Jennifer Leigh Hosford, Morgan Sydney Hosford, Sarah Gabrielle Hosford, Andrew Wayne Hosford, Joyce Inez Hosford, Kaitlyn Michelle Hosford, Carriann Marie Hosford and Makenna Paige Hosford. Bob Odom leaves behind relatives, two sisters-in-law, Candice Odom of Southport and Sarah Odom of Graceville as well as a host of nieces and nephews, including one special nephew, Billie Odom and wife, Mary of Tallahassee. Special friends are Joe and Annabelle Crutchfield, Chris and Kathy Lecher, Ashley France-Trimble, Shirley LaRock, and Patricia Johnson Hosford.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m., Wednesday, September 8, at Culley's MeadowWood Funeral Home- Timberlane Road Chapel (850-893-4177), with burial at Culley's MeadowWood Memorial Park. After fifty-four years in the exterminating business the "Ole Bug-Man" retired. He loved his work and the many friends he made doing it. To him, his work was like a hobby.
Arrangements are under the direction of Culley's MeadowWood Funeral Home, Tallahassee, FL.
- Funeral Service Wednesday, September 8, 2010
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September 10, 2010
We will miss the candy canes at Christmas and the jokes. There's been alot of laughs between our staff & you Mr. Odom. You made us laugh so many times. We will never forget you & again, thanks for all the shared laughter. But most of all we will miss you "Mr. Bob Odom". Our sincere condolences from the Office of Dr. Lenny Waldenberger./lj
Ashleigh and Steve France-Trimble
September 8, 2010
I am proud to have been able to call Bobo one of my best friends. A friend to all, he was truly one in a million. Always willing to share a smile and a cup of coffee. The world has truly lost a great and gentle man. You will be missed Bobo. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all who were lucky enough to have been touched by him.
Nola, Kim and Nick Parker
September 7, 2010
Bob was a warm and giving person who made me and my late husband, Richard, feel so welcome when we first moved to Tallahassee. His humor and generous heart will be long remembered. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Odom family.
September 7, 2010
Bob Odom and Family,
I have been with Florida Pest Control since 1974. I knew Bob and he was a Gentleman and a very good Bug Man. He will be missed. I will miss him as well. He was a good Friend to many and I am sure many will miss him. May God Bless the Family . Just know though, he is in waiting for us all to come be with him again one day. Till we meet again, Buddy Harper, Florida Pest Control and Family.
September 6, 2010
Mr. Odom was one of the most interesting people I had the honor of knowing in Tallahassee. He was a wealth of information and was a joy to visit with.
September 6, 2010
Bob was one of the kindest and most thoughtful human beings I have ever met. He helped people when he didn't have to and never expected anything in return...a gentleman in the truest sense of the word. I feel so honored to have known him on this earth and feel sure I will see him again in heaven.