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Ivan "Ray" O'Dell

Ivan “Ray” O’Dell, 63, passed away on Friday, June 19, 2020, at Johnson City Medical Center. He was preceded in death by his father, Raymond O’Dell, his grandparents Earl and Flora O’Dell and Charles and Maude Ogle.

He is survived by his mother, Juanita Ogle O’Dell; his sister Joy O’Dell Yates, brother-in-law, Dale Yates.

He is also survived by special friends, Johnny Rowe, Jay Bundy, Tamee Tweed, Hunter Waddell; his special little girl, Miyah; and General Ron Hite.

Ray was a machinist who was employed at Valley Equipment in Jonesborough, Tennessee, for 45 years. He was a talented machinist who could make almost anything out of a piece of metal.

Ray graduated from Davy Crockett High School and attended Science Hill Vocational School.

Ray was also an Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America organization. He loved the outdoors and especially loved going to the family farm in Virginia. Ray’s great sense of humor, his ability to be a trusted friend to help those around him, his work ethic, and his great big heart made him the person who will be missed by family, friends and co-workers.

A private memorial will be held at a later date to honor Ray’s memory.

Condolences may be sent to the O’Dell family online at www.dillow-taylor.com.

Dillow-Taylor Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Jonesborough, TN 753-3821

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Sandy Humble
Joy, I’m so very sorry to hear of your brother’s passing. Please know you, Dale, and your mom are in my prayers. May the Holy Spirit give you the peace and comfort you need during this time.
Martha Weil & Family
I am so sorry to hear about Ray. Please know we are thinking of you. I will always remember him as " Little Ray" from our childhood. I really wish we could be together at this sorrowful time . Love to each of you.
Danny Bailey
I am so sorry to hear about Ray passing. I am very sorry for your loss aunt Juanita, Joy, Dale and all family and friends. I have very fond and happy memories of visiting TN as a child and sitting on Uncle Raymond and Aunt Juanita's porch and joking around with Ray. What a great time and great place that was. Love and Prayers! Danny
Debbie Bennett Ward
I am so sorry to hear of Ray’s passing. I went to school with Ray and remember his great smile. He was such a kind man and I know he will be missed. Praying for your family.
Frankie and Jenny Sells
My beautiful Juanita and Joy! Our sweet Jesus is holding you when I can’t. I love you both and i am thinking of you.
I worked with Ray at Valley one summer. He was very knowledgeable and caring, truly a nice man. I'm so sorry to hear this!
Lee and Susan Chase
Juanita - so sorry to hear of your son's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and family.
Marty and Debbie Holmes
We are so sorry to hear of Ray’s passing. Our hearts break for you all. He had a heart of gold just like his mother and sister. Sending prayers to you all.
Monty White
Ray was a very valuable asset to us at Valley Equipment. We will miss his him terribly. His skill with the machine tool equipment was quite impressive. He bailed me out of tight spots continually with his wisdom and know how.
Wassan Broyles
So sorry to hear about Ray. I didn't know that Ray was in the hospital until the guys at Valley told me. I went to school with Ray but really didn't know him very well until I found out who he was when I started dealing with Valley Equipment. I got to know Ray and talked to him every chance I could or just stick my head in to say hey when I went to Valley to have something worked on. I know that my uncle James thought very highly of Ray. Ray was a guy you couldn't help but like. He is going to be missed by all who knew him and will really be missed by the folks at Valley. My condolences to the family and may God bless you all during your time of sorrow, Wassan M. Broyles