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Elder F. Odom was born to Reeching [Kinching] and Elizabeth Odom, in the State of Illinois, in what was then Franklin, but now Williamson County, on the 23d day of November, 1826; moved with his parents to Texas, and settled below the falls on the Brazos River in 1833; moved to near Larrissa, in what is now Cherokee Co, Texas, In 1835.When the war between Texas and Mexico broke out, the family with others refugeed from the Mexicans and Indians, and settled in the eastern boundary of Texas, in 1837, where brother Odom grew to manhood, and was married to Miss Eeline [Evaline] Hatcher, Jan. 10th, 1850.To this union ten children were born, five are dead and five are living.He joined the Primitive Baptist Church at Boggy Bayou, in Caddo Parish, LA., and was baptized by Elder Washington Rogers, in 1850.He, with his family, moved to Smith Co., Texas, in 1859.He obtained a letter of dismission from Boggy Bayou church, and went into the constitation [constitution] of Mill Creek, now Big Springs church, in Smith Co., Texas, in 1868, where he commenced preaching, and was ordained to the full work of the gospel ministry by a presbytery composed of Elders R.T. Webb, (deceased), R.T. Polk, and F. Loden.Obtained a letter of dismission from Big Springs, and went into the constitution of the Lindale church, where he was a faithful and consistent member, and associate pastor with the writer, at his death, which occurred Dec. 26th, 1897, at his residence in the town of Lindale, Smith Co., Texas, after forty days of suffering from cancer of the stomach.All that medical skill, and faithful nursing by family and friends, could do, only gave temporary relief, until his race was run, his mission filled, and the Lord sent the messenger death, saying to him in a silent whisper, Child, your Father calls, come home.I was with him much during his sickness; he told me that death had no terror for him.At another time he said that death would be a sweet messenger to him.He frequently said, “O, if I could only fall asleep never to awake.”His suffering was great, but he bore it all with christian fortitude and patience; acknowledging the justice of God in his afflictions, and relying on his grace and mercy for salvation.He left the wife of his youth, their children, and grandchildren, a host of friends, together with the churches of his acquaintance, to mourn their loss, but may we all be enabled by grace divine to adopt the language of one of old, and say, “The Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.”The bereaved sister and her children have our heartfelt sympathy, and prayer that they may be enabled by the Spirit and power of God to bow in humble submission to his will, and that God will give them grace according to their day, time and trouble, and that he will fill the absence of the departed husband and father, with his Royal and peaceful presence.Brother Odom was a sound, consistent preacher, an able and uncompromising defender of the truth, a good disciplinarian, and we shall miss him much in our assemblies.As a citizen, he was highly respected.He was thrice elected to the office of Justice of the Peace, once to the office of County Commissioner, and once to the office of tax Assessor.He was several times solicited by his friends to allow his name to go before the people as a candidate for the State Legislature, but would never give his consent.His funeral was largely attended on the day after his death, when and where the writer read the fifteenth chapter of First Corinthians; and tried to comfort the bereaved with the thought that the narrow confines of the tomb, is not our eternal home; sung a hymn, and offered a short prayer; after which all that was mortal of brother Odom was laid in the grave, in the old Bethel graveyard, to await the coming of the Lord, when he shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God, and the dead in Christ shall rise first.Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air, and so shall we ever be with the Lord.Amen.
Lindale, Texas, Jan. 18, 1898.
copier's note:Bethel cemetery is evidently now "Carmel" cemetery.Found him and his family on the list at
usgwarchives.net submitted by Peggy Brannon-many thanks be to her.
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And if anybody has any Verner, Roberts, Perry or Turbeville info in WOOD Co I would be grateful.WOOD Co I can't find on the internet.
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