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1). bobspu.ged BIO The Colonel as he was called by his family and friends alike, was best known for his skills as an auctioneer and for his dry sense of humor. Compiler was very young when her immediate family lived in Oklahoma and spent many Sunday afternoons withColonel annd Fannie , so memories are more from stories told than from actually knowing The Colonel . Compiler s father often tried to imitate the auctioneer s cry to demonstrate what Uncle Colonel did, but it was said that very few people could equal the speed with which Colonel performed. Colonel was named for his paternal grandfather, but where the Abner originated is unknown. When the family returned from Oklahoma about 1914, he remained and later married and made his home on farms in Mayes and Nowata Counties before moving to the town of Nowata. About 1964, compiler, parents and younger brother went to Oklahoma to visit the O DELL families there. At that time, The Colonel had retired but was still very active in the community. He was well known and respected by all who knew him. Compiler remembers the following incident which illustrates how well people knew him. One day Colonel and Bob compiler s younger brother went to town in Colonel s dilapidated pickup truck. Colonel had a tendency todrift right and left as he drove. Bob, being a new driver and sensitive to good driving rules, was concerned that another car might hit them. Finally, he could not hold back and asked, Uncle Colonel, aren t you afraid that someone might hit you when you re over the line like that? The Colonel replied with his slow drawl, Hell, Bob, all these people know me! They re used to seeing me and this old truck on the roads they just see me coming and get out of the way! That was a long remembered visit.Unfortunately, just a few years later, the four of us returned to Nowata, but this time for The Colonel s funeral. March, 1996 Family Record Sheets from the Bible of Virginia Margaret PHELPS O DELL, theColonel s mother, were loaned to compiler by Virginia s youngest son, Hubert D. O DELL. Among the data on the sheets are two notations of the birth of Lacy A. O DELL. On one page is the note, Lacy A Odell Son of WF and Maggie Odell was Bornd July the 26 1890. This appears to be written by a man, probably Frank, his father. Another page which may be from another Bible. lists all of Frank s children. Third on this list is the entry, Lacy A. O dell was bornd July 26 1890, then in a darker, perhaps more recent writing, Laurel Co. Ky. The name and date seem to be in a more feminine hand...compiler suspects it may be the wriing of Virginia Margaret. Died source Social Security Death Index 1937 1995 Family Archive CD 110 Broderbund Source Elizabeth Ann Gilchrist Jun 1998 O Dell.GED
Name: Lacy Abner (colonel) O''dell Note
Born: 26 Jul 1890 at Laurel County, , , Kentucky
Married: 25 Dec 1916 at Grove, , Delaware County, Oklahoma
Died: 23 Sep 1967 at Nowata, , Nowata County, Oklahoma
Father: William Franklin (frank) O''dell
Mother: Virginia Margaret (maggie) Phelps
Name: Frances Harriet (fannie) Williams Note
Born: 15 Jan 1895 at Rogers, , Benton County, Arkansas
Died: 22 Apr 1980 at Nowata, , Nowata County, Oklahoma
Name: Paul Quenton O''dell
Born: (suppressed / living)
Wife: Joan Finley
Name: Billie Jean O''dell
Born: 30 Apr 1924 at Alluwe, , Nowata County, Oklahoma
Died: 30 Apr 1993 at San Diego, , San Diego County, California
Name: Robert Thomas (bob) O''dell
Born: (suppressed / living)
Wife: Phyllis Marie Maltley
Name: Helen Janice O''dell
Born: (suppressed / living)
Husband: I. Glenn Wilson
2). bobspu.ged Individual note 1. The William F. & Virginia PHELPS O DELL Family Tree by O. L. WARREN. 2. Compiler Memories and family stories BIO Compiler has very few memories of Aunt Fannie . One family story that has grown up with compiler tells of a Sunday afternoon visit at the O DELL farm in Nowata County, OK when compiler was very young. It was told that Fannie had made one of her beautiful cakes and had left it on a sun porch until it was to be cut. Compiler had recently visited or had heard talk of the Grand River Dam. When compiler s mother went to carry the cake to be served, she discovered a deep trench had been drawn through itby some small fingers. There was considerable embarrassment to compiler s mother, when her daughter explained the trench as an effort to make The Grand River Dam in Aunt Fannie s cake. It was not until the family visited the O DELL s in OK in the 60 sthat compiler developed a close relationship with Aunt Fannie . The first visit, about 1964, established a friendship between us. Then compiler, her parents and brother returned to OK for the funeral of Fannie s husband. Still later, compiler returned several times in the 70 s with Sarah Hettie O DELL WARREN to visit. Sarah had lived on the property some years before. During these visits, we three women enjoyed trips to Muskogee and to Tahlequah, OK to tour the Cherokee reservation and to see The Trail of Tears drama there. When compiler married in 1969, Aunt Fannie sent, as a wedding gift, a picture that had been one of the colonel s favorites. The title of the picture was The Book Worm ...It showed an elderly man standing on the rung of a ladder, looking intently at an open book that he had pulled from a high shelf in a room lined with many shelves of books. Compiler had seen and admired this picture on the first visit in the 60 s and it now hangs on a wall in her home in NC, an ever present reminder of a very special uncle and aunt. Source Elizabeth Ann Gilchrist Jun 1998 O Dell.GED