James Courtney O’Daniel
Funeral services for Mr. James C. O’Daniel, age 83, will be held at 10:00 am, Saturday, August 6, 2016, at the First Presbyterian Church, Plain Dealing, LA, with Rev. Dianne Brown officiating. Interment will follow in Sharman Cemetery, Taylor, AR under the direction of Bailey Funeral Home, Plain Dealing, LA.
Visitation will be held Friday, August 5, 2016, from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm at Bailey Funeral Home, Plain Dealing.
Mr. O’Daniel was born on May 8, 1933 to John Edward and Lillian Johnson O’Daniel in Plain Dealing, LA and passed away on Wednesday, August 3, 2016 in Cypress Point Nursing Rehabilitation Center in Bossier City. He graduated from Plain Dealing High School in 1951 and attended Northwestern State University and Southern Arkansas University, then served our country in the U. S. Army for three years. He worked as an entomologist for many years and always had special love for animals, specifically horses. He was president of the Future Farmers of America his sophomore year at Plain Dealing High School and raised the State Champion Hereford bull, Magenta Princeps. He was active in basketball, football, and track. He was president of his class his senior year and ultimately made a career of breeding and showing Quarter Horses and Paint Horses.
He is survived by his wife, Elaine O’Daniel; sons, John Arthur O’Daniel and wife, Kristene, Don O’Daniel, their mother, Shirley O’Daniel, Mark Paxton, Eric Paxton and wife, Dana; five grandchildren, Katie O’Daniel Pahal and husband, Matt, Maggie O’Daniel, Erica Paxton, Emily Rhodes and husband, Weslie, Rachel Mibb and husband, Justin; sister, Cherry Abadia and husband, Carlos; two nieces, Amy Abadia, Jill Abadia O’Neill and husband, Michael; four great-grandchildren, Graci Rhodes, Jillian Rhodes, Paxton Mibb, Lawson Mibb; great-nephew, Vincent O’Neill; and great-niece, Breanne O’Neill.
Mr. O’Daniel was preceded in death by his parents.
Honoring James as pallbearers will be Eric Paxton, Billy Byrd, Justin Mibb, Michael O’Neill, Matt Pahal, and Weslie Rhodes. Honorary pallbearers will be Dan Dumas and Jim Eaton.
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