Irene Hamblin O’Dell, 82, of Pembroke departed this life Saturday evening, July 17, 2010 at Roanoke Memorial Hospital in Roanoke. Born in Berton, Giles County, on May 5, 1928, she was a daughter of the late Easley Edmond and Gladys DeWeese Hamblin. Irene was a 1945 graduate of the Pembroke High School “Corn Cutters”, had served as Treasurer of Giles County, was a devout Christian and member of Pembroke First United Methodist Church since she was eight years old and enjoyed her church family so much and singing in the choir, she enthusiastically supported the Giles County Relay For Life with her talents and energy, was a volunteer at Eastern Elementary School, for a number of years participated in the Newport Fair projects, was honored to be elected the first Giles County Honorary Life PTA Member, in 1991 she was included in Who’s Who In America, was active in the Giles County Week-Day Religious Education “Bible Bus” Program, served on the Pembroke Town Council for several years and was Vice-Mayor for one. The honor she cherished the most was being “Mom Dell” to her children, grandchildren and their friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, the love of her life for as long as she lived, her beloved husband, Thomas Stuart O’Dell, her brothers Eugene Hamblin and William Hamblin and her sister Betty H. Steele.
She leaves to cherish her memory her son and daughter-in-law Franklin and Becky O’Dell of Pearisburg; her daughter and son-in-law Toma and Jerry Eaton of Pembroke; her grandchildren Shannon and Geof Allen of Newport, Edward O’Dell of Johnson City, TN, Kelly Eaton of Narrows; her sister and brother-in-law Nancy and Jerry Lafon of Pembroke; her brother John Hamblin of Pembroke; special cousins and friends Ed and Joyce Gillispie and Reginna Gillispie; and a loving church family and community family.
Funeral services will be conducted Tuesday at 2:00 PM in Pembroke First United Methodist Church with Pastor Rob Laugh and Pastor Eddie Kendall officiating. Entombment will follow in Birchlawn Abbey in Pearisburg. The family will receive friends at the Kendall Funeral Home, 605 Snidow St., Pembroke Monday evening from 6 to 8 PM. In lieu of flowers Irene has suggested that contributions be made to the “Bible Bus” Ministry or Pembroke First United Methodist Church. Online condolences may be sent by visiting kendallfuneralhome.com.