Odell Williamson represented Brunswick County in the NC House of Representatives 1947, 1949, 1953, 1963, 1966, 1967. He owned a Chevolet dealorship in Shalotte. In 1954 Hurricane Hazel devastated the southeastern NC coast. Odell sold his dealorship and purchased nearly all of Ocean Isle and was the primary developer of Ocean Isle Beach. Odell's sister, Madalen, married Sherman Joseph Register. They remained on Ocean Isle when Hazel hit. His body was found, hers was not.