Thomas Foster Odom, Sr., of Baton Rouge, LA; born September 21, 1945; a retired surveyor with Pyburn and Odom Engineering, died peacefully after a brief illness on September 6, 2016 in Baton Rouge. He is survived by his loving wife of 47 years, Sue Odom; children: Jennifer Louise Odom, Thomas Foster Odom, Jr., and Daniel Andrew Odom. He is predeceased by his father, Harold Lester Odom, a decorated WWII veteran who survived major battles in the Pacific only to lose his life when Tom was an infant in an accident upon his arrival home from the war; his mother Nedra Odom Parry; his beloved grandparents who raised him while his mother worked in Baton Rouge, Elijah Sparks Foster and Elizabeth Pyburn Foster; and a brother Dr. Samuel Walton Parry.He is also survived and predeceased by numerous aunts, uncles and cousins who enriched his life growing up in Jonesboro, LA as well as an adult in the Baton Rouge area. He served in the US Navy on the USS Horn from 1966-1969 and attended Louisiana State University and Louisiana Tech. He was an honest soul who knew the joys of simplicity. He loved landscaping, working with his hands, crossword puzzles, the English language and making people laugh. He was our best friend and will be greatly missed. A memorial service will be held 11:00 am on Saturday, Sept. 10 at Broadmoor Methodist Church at 10230 Mollylea Dr., Baton Rouge, LA 70815. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to benefit flood victims to: Healing Place Church, 19202 Highland Road, Baton Rouge, LA 70809.
Published in The Advocate from Sep. 8 to Sep. 10, 2016.