Catherine Creighton (Kip) Allison Odum, age 59, passed away November 28 at Gwinnett Medical Center in Lawrenceville, GA with her husband and mother by her side after a long and courageous battle with kidney failure. She was a resident of Lawrenceville one of the 25 places she lived during her life. Kip was born in Omaha, NE, and moved frequently as a “military brat.” Her father, Charles Creighton Allison, was a Colonel in the US Army, and she always talked of attending 12 schools in 10 years. When her father served tours in Vietnam, she and her mother, Betty Brown Allison Parker, would return to Warner Robins, Georgia, to live close to her mother’s family. Kip graduated from Dunwoody High School, attended Florida State University, and graduated from the University of Georgia with a BS in Journalism. She was an active member of Alpha Gamma Delta Sorority at both universities and maintained friendships with many sorority sisters throughout her life. Her professional life included DeKalb Federal Savings and Loan, EnRoute Credit Card Company, and the Cherry Blossom Festival in Macon, Georgia. During her time with the bank, Kip met her wonderful husband, James Richard (Jim) Odum, They married in 1997 in Macon, Georgia. They made their home in the Atlanta area for the past 20 years, where they enjoyed entertaining their many friends and family. Kip and Jim made a perfect host couple, making everyone in their circle feel loved and very special in their home. Kip and Jim enjoyed traveling, Hilton Head and the Caribbean being their favorite destinations. Family was always special to Kip, and all those included in it were very fortunate. She maintained contact with all her cousins, and they treasured her. Everyone was amazed by her incredible memory of every family event. Once she even asked Jim what he did on his first birthday. She remembered hers! Kip leaves behind her husband, Jim Odum, Lawrenceville, who lovingly cared for her during her long illness. She was preceded in death by her father, Col. Charles Creighton Allison. She is also survived by her mother, Betty Allison Parker and her husband, Bill Parker, of Macon, GA who worked tirelessly to help Jim care for her and pursue options to improve her health. Other survivors include a brother- in law and wife, Joe and Susan Odum, Aiken, SC, stepson Jeff Ross, his wife Tami and daughter Payton of Dunwoody; an aunt, Sarah Brown of Warner Robins; an uncle, Jack Latenser, Omaha, NE; and numerous cousins; special friends Lynn and Paul Darcy, Ft. Mill, SC and John and Martina Yearwood, Charleston, SC. The family wishes to express thanks to Fresenius Dialysis Center, Duluth/Lawrenceville, Dr. Michael Katz, Dr.Bruce Bode, Dr. Dina Geisler and Dr. Dinesh Chatoth for their outstanding care of Kip through her years of illness. Memorials may be made to the National Kidney und or the American Diabetes Association. Visitation will be Friday, December 1, 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Wages and Sons Gwinnett Chapel, 1031 Lawrenceville Hwy., Lawrenceville, GA. Services will be held Saturday, December 2, 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home, followed by interment at 12:45 p.m., Arlington Cemetery, sandy Springs.

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  1. Revelation 21:4
    And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.”

  2. Peace be with you, as your beloved Kip has joined Jay in the Light of The Eternal ONE and her spirit lives forever in our hearts.

  3. As you and Kip take different paths, may you find peace in remembering the good times. Know that your strength will continue to come from our Father who has carried you both during Kip’s illness.

  4. Revelation 21:4
    And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.”

  5. May God touch you with his love as you grieve and let go of your beautiful Kip. She was a beautiful soul, a dear friend and I will miss her ! Please know that Christian and I are thinking of you and your family. My God bless her sweet soul and may she Rest In Peace . With Love always. Elizabeth “Boomer”

  6. We are very sad to hear of the passing of Kip. A very fine lady and our thoughts and prayers go out to Jim and her family. Jim and Anita Patterson

  7. Love and prayers for you, Jim and for Betty, and all your family. Kippie was a kind and thoughtful and beautiful lady, and I know you will be able to see her again. May you feel our Savior’s love as you go through this difficult time.

  8. Jim, please tell me it’s not true. I will truly miss her! I loved you both. If i can do anything please let me know. I just found out today. They are so secretive at dialysis. She now has a new body without pain or suffering. Tell her mother i will be praying for both of you. Please come to see me.

  9. My heart broke when news reached me in Canada that the health problems Kip bravely fought for so long had finally claimed her life. The world is a much darker place today. Kip was the first person to befriend me when I moved to Atlanta from San Francisco years ago, We worked together at DeKalb Federal in a tiny office; later she was my Maid of Honor and closest confidante. The world has lost a classic great Dame. There will never again be anyone like her. Kip embodied every positive attribute of southern womanhood. She never ceased to amaze with her beauty, poise, charm, and self-deprecating wit. She was a welcoming hostess who could create a gourmet meal for a dozen strangers on a moment’s notice with an empty cupboard and she could keep the conversation going in a roomful of monks. As a coworker, she was a dream – always willing to pitch in and do more than her share. Topics on which she spoke often were her deep faith and her love for her wonderful mother and her devoted husband. How can I be speaking of her in the past tense? Betty and Jim, I wish I could be with you. We are so lucky to have known her!

  10. Jim, May the peace of God that surpasses all human understanding cover and fill you during the coming days and months.

  11. One can only Imagine the comfort your deep love, caring and commitment brought Kip.
    Kip had an internal light which shone brightly to the world even through her illness. Your care and dedication provided fuel for that light now blanketing heaven. Prayers lifted up for you and the family that God will bring you the peace only he can provide.

  12. We are sorry to hear about your lost loved one. Surely she will be missed. Please find comfort in God’s promises and hope in his word the bible soon to be a reality. John 5:28,29

  13. Dear Richard,
    Our deep sorrow for your loss of Kip. Her positive spirit lifted you to love and support her beyond measure. As the days pass our prayer is that you will be filled with her memory, and the knowledge that she is whole again. We were fortunate to know her only briefly, but saw why you loved her as you did. May God bring you His Peace.
    Pitner and Bootsie

  14. Sorry to hear this i know it hard when losing someone we love John 5:25 helps us to appreciate that their is hope for the dead my thoughts and prayers are with your family

  15. So sorry to hear of your loss. May the God of comfort grant you peace during this time of mourning and reflection. – 2 Corinthians 1:3,4

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