Carol Caudle Odom, born February 26, 1946 in Gorman, Texas, crossed over to heaven on Monday, January 9, 2023 in Shreveport, Louisiana, which was her home for 51 years.
Carol was preceded in death by her mother and father, Imogene Thompson Caudle and Marshall Raymond Caudle and her brother, Mitchell Caudle. She left behind her adoring husband John Odom; daughters, Christine Odom Browning (Simms) and Laura Odom Nowery Braddock. She was Nana to 5 admiring and beloved grandchildren, Jayme Nowery, Cathrine Nowery, Caroline Braddock, Octavia Browning and Mary Haden Browning. Carol is also survived by two siblings, Wanda Gilbreath and husband, Mickey and Debbie Byers; brother-in-law, William Odom and 15 nieces and nephews.
Carol took a deep interest in everyone she encountered, leaving behind an abundance of friends and acquaintances that loved her dearly. Carol was raised in Graham, Texas where she met John and attended Graham High School. She graduated as Valedictorian in 1964, was named Class Favorite and received the Daughters of the American Revolution Good Citizens Award. Carol and John married in 1964 and lived in Wichita Falls, Texas, Germany and Dallas, Texas before settling in Shreveport in 1972.
Carol was devoted to her family whom she cared for with health food concoctions, vitamins and minerals of every sort, and unrivalled fun, love and patience. She loved to entertain her children, grandchildren and their friends from planning dress up birthday parties, treasure hunts, nature walks – where she could identify every bird by its song and every tree by its leaf – to shaving cream slip and slides and baking. She also had a great passion for serving and caring for others outside of the home. She was an active member at Kings Highway Christian Church, where she served as a leader for middle and high school youth groups, founded the Wee Wonder Sunday School program for young children and participated in the Christian Women’s Fellowship. Carol was also active in the PTA at St. Mark’s Day School, served as a mentor with Volunteers of America, spent time visiting with the elderly and was known to pick up struggling strangers from a bus stop or street corners to take them to buy groceries. Carol had a smile for everyone she met and always had a bright and sunny outlook on life. She inspired us all and will be greatly missed. Please visit www.rose-neath.com to share your favorite memories of Carol and notes for the family.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials may be made to your favorite charity in her memory.