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Mrs. Janice Miles Odom

August 6, 1932 - October 9, 2017

Janice Miles Odom, 85, passed away September 10, 2017 at the Elizabeth House. Jan was born June 18, 1932, in Martin, Weakley County, Tennessee, the second of five daughters of the late John Thomas (J.T) Miles and Aleene Cozette Poyner.

 

 

Jan, as she preferred to be called, graduated from Dresden Hi…read more

Janice Miles Odom, 85, passed away September 10, 2017 at the Elizabeth House. Jan was born June 18, 1932, in Martin, Weakley County, Tennessee, the second of five daughters of the late John Thomas (J.T) Miles and Aleene Cozette Poyner.

 

 

Jan, as she preferred to be called, graduated from Dresden High School, Dresden, TN in 1950. She was a member of Beta Club and was active in Future Homemakers of America (FHA). She was Tennessee State President of FHA her senior year. That year after much prodding Jan reluctantly entered the Miss. Dresden Pageant. She won and was chosen “Miss Dresden of 1950”. Afterward, she said the only reason she won was the beautiful dress her mother made for her to wear in the pageant. Jan earned her B.S. Degree in Home Economics from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 1954, majoring in Child Development and Family Relationships. She was a member of Alpha Omicron Pi Sorority (AOPi) and a member of Mortar Board.

 

 

After graduation, Jan began her teaching career of more than 30 years in Clarksville, TN. It was in Clarksville in November, 1954 that she met her future husband, Lt. Louis (Lou) Odom who was serving in the U. S Army at Ft. Campbell, KY. They were married December 28, 1955, prior to his being reassigned later in 1956. Their life together included raising two daughters, Pamela (Pam) and Bethe. Jan also had teaching positions in Illinois and Virginia. But the majority of her teaching career was in the field of Home Economics including 26 years in Fairfax County, VA beginning at Longfellow Intermediate School and later at Lake Braddock Secondary School. At Lake Braddock, Jan introduced Gourmet Foods in the curriculum and loved to tell friends that “she taught the only course that students could eat their final exam”.  Jan was active outside the classroom. She was past president of Fairfax County Home Economics Teachers Association; a member of Junior Friends of the “Y” in Alexandria, VA and was a member of P.E.O., Chapter AC in Fairfax County.

 

 

After retirement, Jan moved with her husband to Flat Rock, NC residing in the Highland Lake Village community. She was a member of P.E.O. Chapter BN, Hendersonville and was a member of Hendersonville County Club. Jan was a member of First Baptist Church, Hendersonville and of Patience SS Class. Jan loved entertaining and traveling to see family and friends. But Jan’s favorite pastime was working in her garden. She truly loved flowers and cultivated many varieties in her garden. Hardly a day passed that she did not have fresh cut flowers in her home.

 

 

Jan is survived by her husband of 61 years Louis A. Odom of the home; two daughters, Pamela Odom Williamson, Fairbanks, Alaska; Bethe Odom Battalio (Robert Battalio) Pacifica, CA; four grandchildren; Melanie Francis Williamson; Sarah Miles Williamson; Samuel Louis Battalio and Jake Kirkland Battalio; two sisters, Ellen Miles Jones (Dr. Peter Rhea Jones) Decatur, GA; Emily Miles Hollars, Mt. Pleasant, SC. In addition to her parents, Jan was preceded in death by two sisters: Thomasine (Tomi) Miles Goosmann (George F. Goosmann III) Biltmore Forrest NC; Juanita Miles Ownbey (Dr. Richard P. Ownbey) Nashville, TN; one son-in-law, Dr. Francis S.L Williamson and by one brother-in-law, Ralph J. Hollars, Jr.

 

 

Jan’s extended family includes many nephews, nieces and cousins all of whom she loved dearly. Many friends made over the years were very close and she considered them all family that she also loved dearly.

 

 

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, October 14, 2017 at 2:00p.m. at First Baptist Church, Hendersonville, NC, 312 Fifth Avenue West, 828-693-3493.

 

 

In lieu of flowers remembrances may be made to: Pardee Hospital Foundation (Women Helping Women ) 561 Fleming Street, Hendersonville, NC, 28793 or Four Seasons Hospice, 571 Allen Road, Flat Rock, NC 28731

 

 

Thos. Shepherd & Son Funeral Directors and Cremation Memorial Center is in charge of the arrangements.

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Service Information

Date: Saturday, October 14, 2017

Time: 2:00 pm

First Baptist Church of Hendersonville

312 Fifth Avenue West
Hendersonvillle, NO 28739

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