Linda Bryson Odom

linda odom

February 28, 1948 ~ May 18, 2024

Born in: Asheville, NC
Resided in: Leicester, NC

Linda Bryson Odom, 76, went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, May 18, 2024.

An Asheville native, Linda was the daughter of the late William Ray and Alene Collins Bryson. She was also preceded in death by her husband for 51 years, Gary Dean Odom.

Linda was a devoted wife, loving mother, and loyal daughter. She loved the Lord, and spent many early years offering her talents in church as the pianist. She poured herself into raising her own three children, and also spent much of her time over the years caring for others’ children in her home and in daycares. Her love and joy of caring for God’s smallest of us all, began even as a child as she would get her Sunday clothes dirty trying to take care of the babies and children. Any who left a child in her care over the years, knew there would be an abundance of care and love poured upon them.

She is survived by her daughter, Kellie O. Fore (Ryan); sons, Jeff Odom (Lisa) and Curtis Odom; grandchildren, Hayden Odom, Grayson Fore and Maddie Grace Fore; and granddaughter adopted out of love, Jessica Underwood and her son, Malcolm.

Mrs. Odom’s family will receive friends beginning at 1:00 p.m. on Friday May 24, at Groce Funeral Home on Patton Ave. The funeral service will follow at 2:00 p.m. The Rev. Dr. Ronnie Owen will officiate. Burial will then take place at Green Hills Cemetery.


Visitation: May 24, 2024 1:00 pm

Groce Funeral Home - Patton Ave.
1401 Patton Ave.
Asheville, NC 28806


Funeral Service: May 24, 2024 2:00 pm

Groce Funeral Home - Patton Ave.
1401 Patton Ave.
Asheville, NC 28806


Burial: May 24, 2024 3:00 pm

Green Hills Cemetery
25 New Leicester Hwy.
Asheville, NC 28806


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  1. Even though we did not have the honor of knowing Mrs. Odom her greatness is exemplified through her children; our deepest condolences to the Odom family on your loss.

  2. Linda always had a smile for everyone she will be missed by many my prayers are with the family She has her heavenly body now and is singing with the Angels. 🙏🌹

  3. I am a mother who received care from Linda with my daughter, Jessica Underwood. Linda Odom took Jessica into her home and loved her like her own child. What money I paid for the care, she spent on my girl. She also took my husband and myself into her life with love and conversations that blessed our hearts. We will never forget “Nanny” and the wonderful fun times we had. Game night with Nanny was always a blast!! Much love to the Odom family in this loss.

  4. Curt
    So sorry to hear of your Mother’s passing. Good to know she is in our Heavenly Father’s arms. Your in our prayers.

  5. I am so sorry for the loss of Linda. I know she is glad to be reunited with Gary. May God hold each of you in his arms and lift you up during this time. Linda was a special person in my life and I am grateful for that.

  6. Curt, I am so sorry to hear about your Mother. Just know that you are in our thoughts and prayers! May she rest in peace!

  7. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

    “The LORD bless you and keep you; The LORD make His face shine upon you, And be gracious to you; The LORD lift up His countenance upon you, And give you peace.” ‘

  8. Curt, I am so sorry to hear about your mother. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

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