Nancy Sue Odom

Nancy Sue Odom, age 91, passed away peacefully at home on March 8th, 2024.

Nancy Sue was an only child born on October 6th, 1932 to Ethel and “HB” Bechum Edins who resided in the Oak Prairie Community.

She married the late Collins Odom on October 29th, 1950. They moved to Lorane, Ohio for a short period and had their first son before moving back to the Oak Prairie Community. Nancy Sue was married to the late Collins for 51 years before his death in 2001.

Nancy Sue will be dearly missed by her three sons and daughters-in-law: Gary & Phyllis Odom of Searcy, Terry and Delilah Odom of Des Arc, and Randy and Betty Odom of Des Arc. She was proceeded in death by her beloved daughter-in-law Nancy Carolyn Odom. Her memory will be cherished by her grandchildren; Matt & Kim Odom of Marion; Blakely & Crystal Odom of Houston, Tx; Amber & Bradley Doom of Lonoke; Delaine & Teddy Villar of Ooltewah, Tenn; and Jacob & Morgan Odom of Little Rock and her eleven great grandchildren.

Nancy Sue was a lifelong pioneer of the Oak Prairie Community. She helped her husband with farming and was a skilled factory worker, with her last position held at Maybelline before retiring at the age of 73. She also worked at the Des Arc Shirt Factory and Baby Crib Factory in Lonoke. Her longest work of employment was with Acco Babcock in Des Arc, which closed in 1992.

She was an amazing and avid cook, mother and grandmother, known as Nannie and Nanaw, and friend. Her favorite color was yellow, and she enjoyed watching TV. Elvis was one her favorite singers. She loved anything sweet; ice cream, chocolate and cheesecake were her favorites. She enjoyed her flowers, gardening and canning from the garden, her dog, and life itself! Throughout the years, she enjoyed her chickens, guineas, farm cats, and riding around the farm. Nancy Sue was a yellow-dog Democrat and was proud of it!  

Nancy Sue loved to laugh and never sweated the small stuff. She was the best supporter and encouraged everyone along the way. She valued and cherished her family the most and often reminded her family how much she loved them. She always said, “everything is going to be ok.”  

Her famous quotes were “You’re either born with it or you’re not; you can’t buy it and you can’t acquire it, it’s called the Right Stuff! And “I want my boys to be boys, but if you make your bed hard, you have to be the one to sleep in it.”

Nancy Sue was super proud of her family. She always told her family they could do anything they set their mind to and was proud of all that earned their college degrees. She said, “We did pretty good!”

Nancy Sue’s grandson-in-law, Teddy Villar will officiate the funeral service. Pallbearers are her grandsons Matt Odom, Blakley Odom,& Jacob Odom; great grandsons Judah Villar & Atticus Odom, and grandson-in-law Bradley Doom.

Honorary Pallbearers are Bob Childers, JK Minton, Dickie Minton, Butch Calhoun, & Red VanHouten. The family would also like to honor the late Graham Childers and Buddy Tarry.

Funeral arrangements have been made at Westbrook Funeral Home in Hazen, AR for Wednesday, March 13th at 2:00 pm in the Chapel with visitation held prior to the funeral at 12:30 pm.

21 thoughts on “Nancy Sue Odom”

    1. Mrs Nancy was a one of a kind. Loved her and her family.. Her love for her family was a joy to see..sending prayers to all

  1. Angie Greenwalt

    I’m so so sorry to hear about Mrs Nancy Sue my thoughts and prayers for all the family

  2. I’m so sorry to hear about your mom. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  3. Diana Carter Merritt

    Oh, my! This hurts my heart, she was such a precious lady. My thoughts and prayers are with you all!

  4. Steven Hambrick

    So very sorry for your loss! Didn’t know it until just now when I saw this post! Praying for peace and comfort at this difficult time.

  5. Just reading this and nearly took my breath. Mrs.Nancy Sue was like a 2nd mother to us Oak Prairie boys. Taking us to ballgames and swimming at Robinwood. The best fried chicken ever and those Christmas cookies were unmatched. I’m so sorry family for this terrible loss.she will definitely leave a large void in so many hearts.Rest in Love Mrs.Nancy Sue.

  6. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. We love you and pray that God will wrap his arms around each one of you, comfort you, and give you peace. Howard and Ronda

  7. Cecil & Karen Hasley

    Nannie Odom was one of a kind and such a kind and loving lady. Prayers for the family.

  8. Carol Richards Stein

    Thinking of you, Terry…and Gary. Prayers for your family. It’s very hard to lose Mother. My love to your entire family.

  9. Sorry to hear this Terry. My condolences to you and your family and you will be in my prayers. God Bless all of you.

  10. Tarry Forrester Johnson

    We loved Nannie! She was like our second mom. Sheila, Bonnie and I have spent numerous hours there growing up.
    She made the best buttered homemade biscuits with fresh strawberries.
    She is forever in our 💕

  11. Mrs. Nancy Sue is a beautiful Angel in Heaven. My family loves all the wonderful Odom’s. Bless her loving heart 🙏❤️

  12. Patrica Khamou

    I am so sorry for the loss of y’all’s mother. No matter how old they were it feels like a stab in the heart. God be with you all during this time and beyond. Love y’all so very much.

  13. shannon Brewer

    Terry , i am deeply sorry about your mother and i hate i can’t be there for you today, i hope god gives you the strength you need to get through this!

    Shannon & Shelby, Dylan

  14. Deborah Noggle

    We loved Nancy Sue and her lovely family. Sandra and I attended her funeral today and it was a beautiful celebration of her life.

  15. Jiann Thornton Alberson

    Praying for the Odom family, friends,I am sorry for your loss. My heart hurts for you all she will be missed ..

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