Odell Smith (age 80) was born in Newnan, Georgia to parents Girt and Jimmie Lue Smith (Young). Jimmie Lue moved with her three sons to Dayton, Ohio. Odell’s mother instilled in him an appreciation for their spiritual heritage. He took this heritage into his heart becoming a studious reader of God’s holy word and from this he cultivated a deep love and reverence for the good news found in the Bible. Odell dedicated his life to Jehovah and symbolized this thorough water baptism at the age of thirteen. He grew into a spiritual man and he met and married his beautiful spiritual life partner, Catherine Smith. They remained lovingly married for 55 years. Odell was a compassionate shepherd, a loving husband, and a nurturing and kind father. He was an intelligent and creative man. He was a talented artist (but was a humble man), and he was willing to challenge his mind and loved to learn. Odell was a faithful servant for Jehovah and His son Jesus Christ for over 67 years. He was determined to continue to hold Jehovah’s hand and walk in modesty with his God and Father on the cramp road to the real life and he recommended others to follow steps of Jesus Christ to life eternally. (Micah 6:8; Matthew 7:14; 1Timothy 6:19; Ecclesiastes 7:1, Proverb 22:1)
Preceded in death by his father Girt Smith, mother Jimmie Lue (Harris) Young, brothers Otis Smith Sr., (Earnestine) and David Smith.
He is survived by his wife Catherine Smith; children Julian Smith (Renea), Terra Davis, and Meco Smith; grandchildren Jaymin Davis, Miel Smith, and Matai Smith; stepbrother James Young, aunt Willie Bell Hayes; special niece Dianna Thompson and many beautiful nieces, nephews, cousins, and a large crowd of spiritual, brothers and sisters.
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