Virginia Elizabeth Odom
Virginia Elizabeth Odom
  • May 22, 1926 - May 2, 2017
  • North Carolina

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Virginia "Giny" Elizabeth Griffin Odom, 90, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Tuesday, May 2, 2017 and that's when we are sure she heard those glorious words, "Well done, my good and faithful servant."

A funeral service celebrating her life will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 5, 2017 at Friendly Avenue Baptist Church. Burial will follow at Westminster Gardens Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 9:30 until 11 a.m. prior to the funeral at the church. Mrs. Odom will lie in state at Hanes-Lineberry N. Elm St. Chapel from 3 until 5 p.m. on Thursday afternoon, May 4, 2017.

Giny was born in Castleberry, Alabama on May 22, 1926 to the late Allen Pittman Griffin and Myrtie "Bunny" Howell Griffin. She was an active member of Friendly Avenue Baptist Church. Giny taught Sunday School for 54 years, taught Vacation Bible School, was on the prayer committee, was an independent wedding director, was a workshop teacher, and was a conference speaker for Christian Women's Clubs, speaking to groups from various locations and regions. Giny was the executive secretary to the superintendent of the Greensboro City School System and retired after 20 years of employment. She was a one-of-a-kind special lady who loved nothing more than sharing God's love to others. Giny never met a stranger and was very generous with her heart and her time. She was a wonderful listener and served as a sounding board to anyone, day or night, who needed a caring friend for compassion. Giny was well known for sending greeting cards to folks for any and every occasion. Her love for butterflies reflected her feelings about God's love for those who accepted His salvation and became transformed from a sinner to a Christian saved by His grace. She enjoyed the simple things in life, such as sitting in the beauty of her back yard and watching the birds. Giny had several little expressions of love she shared, like, she wanted to make sure everyone got "a nickel" and everyone needed to be home by "o-dark-thirty." She was loved by many and will be missed by all who knew her.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 28 years, Phillip S. Odom, Jr. and her brother Allen Cecil Griffin. Those left to cherish her memory include her children, Rosalind Crane (Alan) of Kansas, Allen Odom (Mary Lacklen) of Greensboro, and Rita Kenny (Alan) of Winston-Salem; grandchildren, Zachary Crane (LaTasha) of Nevada, Rachel Crane (Ted Howard) of California, Erin Kenny of Charlotte, NC, Mollie Kenny of Winston-Salem, and John Kenny of Winston-Salem; and three great-grandchildren, Emma Crane, Olivia Crane, and Harlow Howard.

The family would like to express their heartfelt gratitude to Dr. Mark Perini and to Dr. Jay Ganji for their excellent care given to their mother.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, 7029 Albert Pick Rd., Suite 200, Greensboro, NC 27409 or to Friendly Avenue Baptist Church, c/o the Lottie Moon Missions Fund, 4800 W. Friendly Ave., Greensboro, NC 27410.

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