Mr. Joe Nathan Odems was born August 5, 1940 in Cleveland County, NC to the late Nathaniel Odems and Gussie O. Patterson. He departed this life peacefully on Sunday August 27th at the age of 77 at Peak Resources, Gastonia, NC.
He had a love for sports including football, baseball and boxing. His favorite boxer was Muhammad Ali. We have memories of him pretending to box with one of his male nurses at Peak.
Joe also enjoyed singing, especially quartet. One of the groups he sang with was “The Wondering Souls”. Throughout his life, he always attended Adams Chapel AME Zion Church.
In addition to his parents, Joe was preceded in death by two infant daughters, Janice and Stephanie Odems, one brother, Johnell Odems, 2 sisters, Lillie Dawkins and Patricia Patterson and Step-father, JD Patterson.
Survivors include: wife, Margaret Odems, son, Richard(Madeline) Odems, daughters, Gwendolyn(Joseph), Berry,
Pamela(Timothy)Hartgrove and Donieta Gill, sisters, Leonia McCleary and Zenobia(Robert)Curry, 3 step-sons, 6 step-daughters, 7 grands, 6 great- grands.
Funeral Services were held Septemeber 2, 2017 at Adams Chapel AME Zion Church. Burial took place at Adams Chapel AME Zion Cemetery.