Robert "Bob" Frederic Odum, age 82, passed away June 3, 2017, at his home in Lawrenceville, GA. He is survived by his beloved wife of 59 years, Kay Taylor Odum; his son and daughter-in-law, Bob and Lynda Odum, of Athens, GA; and his daughter and son-in-law, Beth and Blake McGee, of Lawrenceville, GA; his brother, Stiles A. Odum, of Tampa, FL; his grandchildren, Kelly McGee Nevins of Tucker, Alex Odum of Atlanta, GA, 1st Lt. Kristy McGee Leachman of Spokane, WA and Zack Odum of Athens, GA. He is preceded in death by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Frederic P. Odum of Waycross, GA Robert was born on January 1, 1935 in Waycross, GA to parents Fred and Cornelia Odum. He graduated from Waycross High School in 1953 and Presbyterian College in 1957 where he was Captain of the golf team and served in the Army ROTC. He graduated from Field Artillery training in Lawton, OK in Aug 1958 and went on to serve active duty as Field Artillery Unit Commander in the US Army stationed at Ft. Sill, Oklahoma. He moved to Atlanta, GA and accepted a position at Citizens and Southern Bank, where he worked for more than 35 years. Robert was a great family man and a loving father. He married his soul mate, Kay Joyce Taylor, in 1958 and the couple had two children together, Bob Odum and Beth Odum McGee. Robert was a social, active man who was deeply involved in the banking and finance industry for the majority of his life. He retired in 1990 after 35 years with Citizens and Southern Bank where his final position was Senior Vice President of the Family Credit subsidiary. His passions in life were playing golf, spending time with his family, especially his beloved grandchildren, and cheering on the Georgia Bulldogs. He will always be remembered as a cheerful, loving, giving and thoughtful person who always had a smile on his face and an encouraging word for everyone he came in contact with. The family will receive visitors on Thursday June 8th, from 6-8 PM at Wages and Sons in Lawrenceville (1031 Lawrenceville Hwy, Lawrenceville, GA 30046). A memorial service will be held on Friday June 9th at 11 AM at the same location. Following the service, he will be laid to rest with full military honors at the Georgia National Cemetery in Canton, GA. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the USO (www.uso.org) in his honor.

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  1. We loved Bob and he was our best friend. Our hearts are breaking today. He was so special and thoughtful. He will be so missed.

  2. Dear, dear Kay. We have such wonderful memories we had with you and Robert. Ray loved him like a brother.

  3. Robert was my first cousin and a very close friend since we were very small children. We had a lot of great times together
    in high school and played golf together many, many times. We formed the only golf team my senior year in high school and
    he was a much better golfer than I. We had just had a long telephone conversation about two weeks ago talking about
    old times in Waycross, Ga. I will certainly miss Robert very much and I know he will be missed by Kay, and their
    two children. May God Bless all of his loved ones. He will be missed by so many relatives and close friends.

  4. I first knew Robert in kindergarten and Sunday School. I don’t know how many times I lost playing golf with him. He was always a good sport about our singing Happy Birthday Robert Odum at lunch in high school. How red his face became when we sang Stand up, Stand up. Now I sing Happy Birthday because of Robert’s new birth into his heavenly life!

  5. I only knew Robert for the last ten years and it was my distinct honor to call him my friend. We both served in the military so that, families and politics was the main subject of conversation. He would be disappointed if I didn’t also mention golf, he talked about how much he loved the game and how much he missed it. Robert, I can only imagine that you must have a steady foursome for golf all lined up in your new heavenly life. May God bless Kay, his children and family.

  6. Robert was my husband Wally’s first cousin and one of his best friends. My heart goes out to Kay , and the whole family. I love you all.

  7. We may be scattered and have lost touch as the years rush by. But we shall always have those lovely memories of Waycross High, the Methodist Church, dances at the golf club, and dear folks like Robert. They never leave us.

    My love goes out to Kay and his beloved family and all my Waycross cronies. We’ve suffered a big loss and a dear friend.

  8. Robert was a great first cousin. . He touched those who knew him in a very special way His presence will be missed by all!

    Kay, you and the family are in our thoughts and prayers.

    Love,
    Ann & Walt

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  9. We met Mr. Odum at Kristy & Justin’s wedding in April, 2016. What a fine southern gentleman was our first impression of him. We enjoyed spending time getting to know him, and had some interesting conversations. We know he will be missed by all who knew and loved him.

    Beth, Blake, Kristy & Kelly, please know you are in our thoughts and prayers. Love to all,

    Pete & Donette Leachman

  10. I’m am so sorry to hear of Roberts passing. He was such a wonderful man from such a beautiful and loving family. My heart and prayers go out to the entire family.

  11. Kay, I am sorry for your loss. You probably don’t remember me. I used to work with Bob (along with Pete and Brooks) at C&S in the 1980’s. Bob was one of those folks you rarely meet in life who was a teacher, mentor and friend. We had not talked in years, but I got a phone call from him just a few weeks ago. He needed some help with a deed release here in Tennessee. But the best part was being able get caught up with each other over the course of two phone calls! I’m glad I got to spend that time with him!

    Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.

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