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Ruby O'Dell


Mrs. Ruby O’Dell, age 92, Johnson City, passed away Thursday, June 2, 2022, at Four Oaks Healthcare Center.

Mrs. O’Dell was born April 13, 1930, in Washington County, TN and the daughter of the late Clifton & Rosa Stanton Yates. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Walter O’Dell, sisters, Hazel Landers, Betty Whaley and Elsie Riley, brothers, Hubert Yates and Robert Yates.

She was a homemaker. She enjoyed cooking and loved animals.

Survivors include son, Larry O’Dell (Diane), Jonesborough; grandson, Tony Sparks (Nikki) Jonesborough; granddaughters, Leslie and Amanda Sparks, Jonesborough; brother, Earl Yates; special nephew, Jackie Riley; special nieces, Joy Yates, Janie Bonsor, and Kathy Pealer.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff of Four Oaks Health Care Center for their wonderful care.

Graveside services will be conducted 11:00 am, Wednesday, June 8, 2022, at Mountain Home National Cemetery with Rev. Jeremy Dykes officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Johnson City/Washington County Animal Shelter 3411 N. Roan Street Johnson City, TN 37601.

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Terry Landers
Please accept my condolence in the passing of aunt Ruby. She was a very loving and kind lady with a great sense of humor and loved to talk (which is a Yates family trait). Some of my best memories were of the family reunion cook outs that she hosted. Terry Landers
Pam simmers
My thoughts and prayers are with Larry and his family. Great Aunt Ruby always welcomed us with open arms whenever we saw her. As Hazel’s oldest Granddaughter my memories of our family visits with Ruby, Walter and Larry were always special. She was a giving and loving person and will be greatly missed.
Bonsor family
Thoughts and prayers to Larry and Diane. Ruby was a big influence on me over the years She taught me a lot as I grew up. I will miss her always
Martha Weil
My dear aunt was truly a wonderful person. While growing up we visited our family in Tennessee. It was always a memorable time with Aunt Ruby and family. I adored her. Lots of Love and my sympathy to her family.