Hazel Lea Odum

Nov 24th, 1927 - May 20th, 2019


Mitchell-Hughes Funeral Home

Thu, May. 23rd, 2019 5-8


Mitchell-Hughes Funeral Home

Fri, May. 24th, 2019 11 am


Rose Hill Cemetery

Fri, May. 24th, 2019

Hazel Lea Odum

Hazel Lea Odum, 91, of Marion, passed away at 10:49 pm on Saturday, May 18, 2019 at her home.

Hazel was born November 24, 1927 in Marion the daughter of Samuel Eugene and Delpha Ann (Smith) Davis. She married Lorenzo Dow Odum, Jr. on November 10, 1943 in Henderson, Kentucky and together they shared 69 years of marriage until his death on November 13, 2012.

She was a member of the Marion Third Baptist Church and for over 20 years she taught 5th and 6th grade at Bowers Elementary School in Harriman, Tennessee. She retired in 1989. She was also a member of AARP. She was a kind and patient woman who never met a stranger. She was a sweet lady who enjoyed sewing and listening to country music. In her spare time, she enjoyed travelling, camping and cruising to different locations. She was a talented cook and baker who was known for her fried chicken, cream corn, chicken and dumplings, lemon meringue pie and peanut rolls.

She will be dearly missed. Survivors include her: Son – Dow Odum III and wife Marsha of Marion Son – Stephen Odum and wife Mary of Collierville, Tennessee Three grandsons; Matt Odum and wife Tawnya of Marion Jason Odum and wife Samantha of Olive Branch, Mississippi Adam Francis of Memphis, Tennessee Five great grandchildren; Drew Odum of Marion Peyton Odum of Marion Kara Odum of Marion Jason Odum, Jr. of Olive Branch, Mississippi Tristin Furloung of Olive Branch, Mississippi Sister – Dorothy McKinnies of Walkerton, Indiana Several nieces and nephews Preceded by her Parents, Husband – Lorenzo Dow Odum, Jr. grandson – Justin Odum, great granddaughter – Alexia Brooke Odum and brothers- Glenn and Loran Davis and one infant sister.

Funeral services will be Friday, May 24, 2019 at 11 am at Mitchell-Hughes Funeral Home with Rev. Larry Shackley will officiate. Burial will follow in Rose Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday evening from 5 – 8 pm at the funeral home.

For those who prefer memorials may be made to the Parkinson’s Foundation. Envelopes will be available and accepted at Mitchell-Hughes Funeral Home, 800 North Market Street, Marion, Illinois 62959.

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7 Guestbook Messages

  • Guest: Steve odum

    From: Collierville, Tennessee

    Date: May 21, 2019

    Will miss you dearly mom! I loved u so much!

  • Guest: Jacque Billingsley

    From: Herrin, Illinois

    Date: May 21, 2019

    I always called you Granny, loved you as my Granny. Thank you for always treating me as family. Love and miss you

  • Guest: Bobby Hodge

    From: Kingston, Tennessee

    Date: May 22, 2019

    With love and gratitude I will cherish the fact that “Ma Odum” always made me feel like part of the family for the past 50 years. She has impacted many lives throughout the years and will be truly missed by so many. My deepest sympathy and sincerest condolences to Steve, Dow and all family members for their loss. Heaven has gained another angel.

  • Guest: Marcia Chew

    From: , Illinois

    Date: May 22, 2019

    Hazel was such a sweet lady. I really enjoyed seeing her at our Marion clinic. I will really miss her.

  • Guest: Doris Hamlin

    From: Fayetteville , Tennessee

    Date: May 23, 2019

    Such a Sweet lady and Friend, I will miss you. Love, Doris

  • Guest: Holly potts

    From: Rockvale , Tennessee

    Date: May 23, 2019

    So very sorry for the Family’s loss, my thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  • Guest: Margo Brandon

    From: Cornersville , Tennessee

    Date: May 23, 2019

    Sincere condolences to each family member for their loss. I was blessed to share in knowing & loving Hazel (Grandma ) for almost 10 years. She was always so loving & supportive of me. Taught & loved our children ( her grandsons) Jason & Justin so much. I will forever be grateful for the time I was able to spend with Grandma an will treasure the precious memories! God bless this family today & always. Sincerely & Love always Margo