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06/22/09 - NNHS Newsletter -
Thelma Adkins Odom

Thelma Adkins Odom
(d. 20 June 2009)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
There is more sad news to relate today.
  Thelma Adkins Odom, mother of    Paulette Odom Blankinship ('61) of VA, passed away in Williamsburg on Saturday, June 20, 2009 at the age of 90.    Paul Brittle Odom, her husband of 67 years, died four months ago at the age of 91:

From the Daily Press - 06/22/09:   

                   Thelma Adkins Odom



TYNER, N.C. - Thelma Adkins Odom, 90, of Kelly's Beach Road, died Saturday, June 20, 2009 in Sentara Williamsburg Medical Center, Williamsburg, Va.

Mrs. Odom was born in Hertford County, N.C., and was the last surviving of eight children born to the late John W. and Martha Raby Adkins. A retired secretary from Langley Air Force Exchange Service, she was a member of Ballard's Bridge Baptist Church, its Adult Ladies Sunday School Class, and Omera Chapter #31, The Order of the Eastern Star in Newport News.

In addition to her parents and siblings, she was preceded in death by her husband of 67 years, Paul Brittle Odom on Feb. 10th of this year.

Surviving are one daughter, Paulette Odom Blankinship and husband, Scott of Williamsburg; two grandchildren, The Rev. Paul F. Blankinship and wife, Andrea of Asheville, and Elizabeth Scott Blankinship of Richmond; and two great-grandchildren, Andrew Scott Blankinship and Sophia Jane Blankinship.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, in Ballard's Bridge Baptist Church by the Rev. Ron Parr. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Friends may join the family from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, at Miller Funeral Home & Crematory, 735 Virginia Road, Edenton, and all other times at the residence.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Ballard's Bridge Baptist Church, 3025 Virginia Road, Tyner, NC 27980, and be directed for use in the Family Life Center.

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Published in the Daily Press from 6/22/2009 - 6/23/2009.
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June 22, 2009
My deepest sympathies to all who knew and loved Aunt Thelma. There's comfort in knowing that she can once again be with Uncle Paul. It was a blessing to my life to have known them.
~ J. Neff, Harrisonburg, Virginia


   Our sincerest sympathies are extended to Paulette and her family at this difficult time.

  Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER!  We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
746 Hillsboro Avenue
Edwardsville, IL 62025-1821  

Rock of Ages

Words by Augustus Montague Toplady, 1763 (first published in The Gospel Magazine, 1775)
(04 Nov 1740 - 11 Aug 1778)

Music by Thomas Hastings
(15 Oct 1784 - 15 May 1872)

Rock of Ages, cleft for me,
Let me hide myself in Thee,
Let the water and the blood,
From Thy riven side which flowed,
Be of sin the double cure,
Save me from its guilt and pow'r.

Not the labors of my hands
Can fulfill Thy law's demands;
Could my zeal no respite know,
Could my tears forever flow,
All for sin could not atone;
Thou must save, and Thou alone.

Nothing in my hand I bring,
Simply to Thy cross I cling;
Naked come, come to Thee for dress;
Helpless, look to Thee for grace;
Foul, I to the fountain fly,
Wash me, Savior, or I die!

While I draw this fleeting breath,
When mine eyes shall close in death,
When I soar to Thee for dress;
Helpless, look to Thee for grace;
Rock of Ages, cleft for me,
Let me hide myself in Thee.

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Greg Olsen Paintings courtesy of 03/15/05

Animated Coast Guard Flag clip art courtesy of - 06/18/03

Blackwork Flowers Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 08/12/04

Order of the Eastern Star Emblem courtesy of - 12/20/07

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