Evelyn Leona Odom
Evelyn Leona Hargraves Odom, 92, passed away peacefully in her sleep on Saturday, February 20, 2021, at her home. She was born on September 1, 1928, in Beaumont, Texas, to Charles Paul Hargraves, Sr. and wife, Ruby Leona Cook. She married Iverson Tom “Ikey” Odom on September 8, 1945, until his passing on September 23, 1998. They were married for 53 years and called Silsbee, Texas their home.
Evelyn was the matriarch of her family and left a tremendous legacy that her family will carry on for generations. A domestic engineer, Evelyn was a devoted wife, mother, friend, mentor and served others with an unapologetic, immense love of God, which was evident in the way she lived to serve others. She never left home without her lipstick and a servant driven heart. In her words, her actions, the little deeds and the big missions, she wasn’t just a person, she was an example! A gem that sparkled with a contagious smile, a personality that lit up a room, compassion that knew no boundaries, love that had no limitations and if you speak of her anywhere, the descriptions and emotions that you’ll hear are endless positivity, love and grace.
Evelyn leaves behind sisters, Ruby Charline Smart; Ella Faye Woodsmall and her husband, Ed; Charline Paulette Gale and her husband, Duane; daughter, Peggy Dorine Pickering; son, Iverson Dewey Odom and his wife, Cindy; 7 grandchildren, Christi Pickering Crain and her husband, Richard; Rebecca “Beki” Pickering; Robert Pickering and his wife, Rebekah; Tommy McIntyre; Annette Martin and her husband, Jason; Jeremy Odom; Brittany Humble and her husband, Jerry; 18 great-grandchildren, Cayla Williams and her husband, Wade; Zachary Crain and his wife, Rebecca; Victoria Hammond; Nicholas Pickering; Trey Chumley and his wife, Chrissy; Joshua McIntyre; Hannah McIntyre; Alexus Pickering; Britleigh Eldridge and her husband, Ronnie; Sky Jackson; Mia Odom; Kayla Martin; Kylie Martin; Audrey Humble; Isaac Humble; Benjamin Martin; Jesse Martin; and Grayson Humble; 10 great-great-grandchildren, Isabella “Bella” Pickering; Elizabeth “Betsy” Hammond-Pickering; Addison “Addi” Pickering; Liam Williams; Evelyn “Eva” Hammond; Gabriel “Gabe” Eldridge; Bryce Chumley; Addyson Williams; Daniel McIntyre; and Azrael Eldridge; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and “adopted” family members and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; brother, Charles Paul “Bubba” Hargraves, Jr.; sister, Mary Evelyn Cotton and her husband, Robert; brother-in-law, Lonnie Carl Smart; son-in-law, Robert Everett Pickering; and numerous in-laws, nieces and nephews.
She served both in her community and was the last active charter member of Friendship Baptist Church in Silsbee, where she served as Sunday School director and secretary for over 58 years. From 1980–1985, she served as the secretary and treasurer for Friendship Baptist Academy in Silsbee. She contributed to many church programs including the Women’s Ministry, Vacation Bible School and sang in the church choir.
A gathering of Mrs. Odom’s family and friends will be from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm, Tuesday, February 23, 2021, at Broussard’s, 490 Cemetery Road, Silsbee. Her funeral service will be 11:00 am, Wednesday, February 24, 2021, at Broussard’s, Silsbee, with her interment to follow at Knupple Cemetery, Silsbee. The funeral service will be streamed live at 11:00 am CST at www.facebook.com/christipickeringcrain for those who cannot attend the service.
Please observe your personal preferences of social distancing and masking during these services.
- cemetery rd. silsbee tx 77656
- 490 cemetery road silsbee tx 77656
- 11:00 am
Gathering of Family and Friends
Gathering of Family and Friends
- 490 cemetery road silsbee tx 77656
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This is one good lady that will be missed.She was alway there when need be. Her Christmas lights in front of her house every year was always a joy for everyone passing by. Mrs. Odom you have earned your wings, spread them and fly. Love you Patsy
Richard and I are sending thoughts and prayers. God bless the family.
Lynne Shutter Cassell
Beautiful lady inside and out. Great chicken and dumpling! Peggy and Dewey, you're in my thoughts and prayers. It's something you will never get over but will get through. Love to you both and extended family. I will always cherish the memories of our younger lives.
Saddened to hear this!! My prayers are with each of you!!! Always loved her Christmas decorations!!!
Ed and Faye, I'm sorry for your loss. God Bless you.
Nan & Truman Gore
So very sorry for your loss. Praying for peace and comfort for all.
Jimmy & Donna Wike
I am so sorry to hear this news! She was truly a beautiful person inside and outside. Without a doubt she earned her crown in heaven. She will be missed by so many people and family. Prayers of comfort to your family. Jimmy and Donna Wike
Faye, I am sorry to read about the passing of your sister. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
karen donley baker
Dewey, I am very sorry for the loss of your sweet mother. I will keep you and your family in my prayers. Karen Donley Baker
I have lots of fond "fishing camp" memories. Evelyn was " forever " on Ikey about one thing or another and when we were there on the weekends. Kept us all laughing. I also remember lots of card playing at their camp house and with MANY a fish fry.. Many pictures will hold lots of memories. She was always a giving and generous woman with an infectious smile for everyone. I am blessed to have gone to her birthday party and she will be greatly missed personally by my family. Love to you all, Carolyn & James Faul Danny Gallier
Ronnie and Mary Smith
Our prayers go out to friends and family. I remember as a young boy going to Friendship Baptist Church and your family was always there. She was a very special Lady and I know you have great memories to comfort you.
My most sincere condolences..
Glenn & Beth McClammy
Always had a smile and lip stick close by, the Christmas lights in her front yard was always a treat to everyone that enjoyed them while traveling down hwy 96 but those that installed and removed was another story, never met a stranger and I enjoyed the short stories, figs and an occasional bag of satsumas R.I.P. my friend
Becky, I was so sorry to hear about your grandmother. She was such a sweet lady! I will miss her and her beautiful Christmas lights!! You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers!
Kevin E McClusky
A great lady that my path crossed as a child, youth, adult growing up at Friendship Baptist Church.. A true servant and follower of Christ. An encourager to Gayle and I as we launched out in ministry from Friendship.. My prayers of peace to the family. You all know where your mom is right now. Let's praise the Lord for this powerful blessing of hope. Thank you Jesus. Love to you all, Kevin
Linda Kelley Bridges
Dewey, Peggy and families. My heart is with you as you grieve the loss of your beautiful mom. Each time I went to to my parents house (A. B. & Edna Ruth Kelley) I would look to see if your mom was outside working. If it was during December I would look to see if she had her decorations out for everyone to enjoy. Many people that she never met loved to see her decorations. So pretty. Just as she was a pretty woman. My dad and Ikey worked together for years. My dad thought a lot of Ikey and Evelyn Odom. Cherish your memories. One day we will all be reunited . What a glorious day that will be. My prayers are with you.