Odell Brown Thomas



Sanford- Odell Brown Thomas, 93, of Kendale Drive, Sanford, passed away on Sunday, July 1, 2018.

He was born on July 21, 1924, in Harnett County and was the son of the late Clarence Tillman Thomas, Sr. and Essie Clyde Brown Thomas. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Adcock Thomas; his brothers, A. Ray Thomas, Clarence "Tommy" Thomas, Jr., Oker Lee Thomas and Harold Thomas, all of Lillington.

Odell attended Lillington High School and he was a Veteran in the US Navy during World War II on a Liberty ship. After the war he began his life as a tobacco farmer and later became a real estate investor in Lee, Chatham and Harnett Counties. Odell and Mary were married for over 69 years until her death in 2015. He loved horses, working, making a deal and his family.

He is survived by his siblings: Frances Betancourt of Raleigh; Noralene Newtown of Lillington; Shirley Bain of Lillington; Ann Price of Roxboro and Danny Thomas of Lillington; his children: Larry Thomas and wife, Nancy of Sanford; Sharon Woodham and husband, Pete of Charlotte; Debra McMahon and husband Joe of Centreville, VA; Beverly Tucker and husband, James of Sanford; and Tammy Contafio and husband Andy of Waxhaw. He is survived by his grandchildren: Jeremy Thomas of Sanford; Leah Finger and husband, Pete of Raleigh; Simon Woodham of Manhattan, NY; Calli Woodham of Brooklyn, NY; Chris McMahon and wife, Samantha of Reston, VA; Matt McMahon of Centreville, VA; Kacey McMahon of Philadelphia, PA; Alex Tucker of Sanford; Amy Tucker of Raleigh; Chelsea Contafio of Charlotte and Nick Contafio of Charlotte. Also surviving are great-grandchildren: Luke Thomas, Abby Thomas, Reeves Finger and Connor McMahon.

The visitation will be held Thursday, July 5 at 2 pm at O'Quinn Peebles Phillips Funeral Home. The funeral will be held at 3 pm with the Rev. Shirley Bain presiding. Burial will follow at Barbecue Presbyterian Church, Sanford. After the graveside gathering, friends and family are welcome to come by the home of Odell at 3205 Kendale Drive, Sanford.

The family would like to express their deepest appreciation to the staff of Parkview for the care of their father.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to American Heart Association, 4217 Park Place Court, Glen Allen, VA 23060-9979.