2006-07-27 / Obituaries

Area Obituaries


Virena Counselman, 79, of Coffeeville died July 19, 2006 in a local hospital.

She was born Aug. 31, 1926. She was a member of Bethel Baptist Church in Coffeeville. She was a retired operator for Vanity Fair Mills in Jackson.

Survivors include one son, Gary (Shirley) Counselman, Coffeeville; two brothers, Edward Dunagan, Jackson, Clanton (Dot) Dunagan, Grand Bay; one granddaughter, Kasie (Ben) Etheredge, Coffeeville; two grandsons, Brent (Sylvia) Fuller, Whatley, Daniel (Ashley) Fuller, Grove Hill; one great-granddaughter, Abby Fuller, Whatley; nephews, nieces and other family.

The service was July 22 at 11 a.m. at the Bethel Baptist Church in Coffeeville. Burial was in Ulcanush Baptist Church Cemetery in Coffeeville. Lathan Funeral Home of Jackson directed.

Active pallbearers were Tony Counselman, Larry Jones, Joe Davis, Jimmy Counselman, Kenneth Jones and Ben Jones.

Honorary pallbearers were Donnie Dunagan, Steve Luker, Al Agee, Brent Fuller, Daniel Fuller, and all of the extended church family.


Helen McGowin Odom, 87, of Jackson died July 18, 2006 at Jackson Medical Center after a brief illness.

She was born Jan. 31, 1919 in "The Old Warner House" on Church Street in Jackson. Her parents were Helen Warner McGowin and Wallace Elbert McGowin.

By the time she was four both of her parents had died. She along with her two older brothers, Wallace Jr. and Warner, and younger sister, Martha came to live with their grandparents, Martha Virginia Moore Warner and Charles Lenard Warner.

She grew up in Jackson and graduated in 1937 from SSAS, State Secondary Agricultural School, now Jackson High School. She went on to graduate from the University of Montevallo in 1941 with a B.S. degree in Sociology.

After college, Helen's first job was at the Alabama State Employment Office in Mobile. She returned to Jackson to work at the Veneer Mill, Jackson Saw Mill and REA.

Mrs. Naomi Warren introduced Helen to a young man who boarded with her, Billy Calhoun Odom and the couple was married on Oct. 17, 1947 in the parlor of "The Old Warner House." Their first child, Susan, was born Sept. 2, 1948 and Billy Jr. was born Oct. 23, 1951. Their family soon outgrew the house they lived in on Vine Street, so they moved into "The Old Warner House" to be near Helen's elderly grandmother.

She enjoyed a long career with the Alabama State Employment Office which was managed by Hugh Garris. Garris and his family became loyal family friends over the years.

She was an active member of the First United Methodist Church and the United Methodist Women where she served as an officer of the Mary Martha Circle for many years.

Survivors include her devoted husband of 59 years, Billy Calhoun Odom; one son, Billy Calhoun (Cindy Daugherty) Odom Jr., one daughter, Susan McCorquodale; one sister, Martha McGowin; three grandchildren; her beloved grandchildren are Martha Virginia McCorquodale (David) Stewart, Mary Helen McCorquodale (Aidan) Marks and William McGowin Odom; great-grandson, William David Stewart.

A memorial service was July 22 at 3 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Jackson. A private graveside memorial service will be held at a later date. Lathan Funeral Home of Jackson directed.


JoAnn Ott, 58, of Thomasville died July 19, 2006 at her residence.

She was born July 21, 1947. She attended Grove Hill Methodist Protestant Church. She was a former mental health worker.

Survivors include her mother, Gladys Carleton, Thomasville; one son, John A. Ott Jr., Thomasville; one daughter, Kelly Ann Ott, Charleston, S.C.; two sisters, Ginger Weldy, Thomasville, Phyllis Stephens, Tyrone, Ga.; one grandchild.

A graveside service was July 21 at 11 a.m. in the Kelley Cemetery in Thomasville with Rev. Benny Crawford officiating. O'Bryant Chapel Funeral Home of Thomasville directed.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Active pallbearers were Jim Stephens, Derek Stephens, Beau Gunter, Terry Ott, Charlie McKinley and Van Phillips.

Honorary pallbearers were members of the Thomasville High School Class of 1965.

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