Services to Be Held for Samuel Odom

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DALLAS—Samuel Wayne Odom’s battle with glioblastoma brain cancer ended with his family at his side on Sunday July 14, 2013.

Odom was born in Dallas on Jan. 29, 1947 to Reverend D. W. Odom and Margaret Ruth Wagoner Odom. He graduated from Garland High School in Garland, Texas in 1965 and attended Dallas Baptist University.

Odom spent his career in the optical industry and was known for his charismatic presentation skills throughout the country. He played key roles in the planning, building and success of Benedict Optical and Legends 4.0 Optical in Lewisville. He spent a portion of his career with Hoya Vision Care, Silhouette, B+L, and operating his own businesses. Due to his illness, he was forced to retire in 2012 from his job at the VSPOne Technology Center in Dallas.

Survivors include his wife Kini, sons Marc, Greg, and Kevin Odom; daughters, Samantha Odom Iliff and Candice Gaines; grandsons Matthew Odom, Blake Iliff, Mason Smith and Aaron Gaines; sister Betty Hansen; nephews Ray and Brad Goethals; and nieces Caitlan Haddock and Melissa Odom. He was preceded in death by his parents and his first grandchild, Logan David Iliff.

Odom was a lifelong member of the Baptist Church. Visitation will be held at Flower Mound Family Funeral Home on Wednesday, July 17 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. A memorial service and reception will be at the First Baptist Church in Lewisville on Thursday, July 18 at 3:00 p.m. A reception will follow in the church fellowship hall. A time of reflection will be available to anyone who wishes to share a brief memory during the service. Interment will be on Friday, July 18 at Big Spring Cemetery in Garland.

In Odom’s memory, donations may be made to Legacy Brain Foundation Dallas or to the Rachel Fuller Memorial Scholarship Fund at Ouachita Baptist University.