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June 7, 1936 ~ January 3, 2019 (age 82)
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Jimmy Ray O’Daniel, age 82, of Athens, passed away Thursday, January 3, 2019, at his residence.

A native and lifelong resident of McMinn County, he was the son of the late and Ray and Mae Hicks O’Daniel was preceded in death by his 1st wife, Joyce O’Daniel; 2nd wife, Virginia O’Daniel; daughter, Charlotte Jackson; three brothers, Kenneth O’Daniel, Donald O’Daniel, Larry O’Daniel; sister, Linda Dennis.  He retired from Thomas & Betts and was a member of Allen Memorial United Methodist Church.

Survivors include one son,

   Harold O’Daniel of Jacksonville, FL.

One granddaughter, Heather

4 adopted grandchildren: Jason, Alexander, Abigail, and Bethany Murphy

One sister,

   Judy Hyde of Niota

One brother and sister-in-law,

   Tommy and Carolyn O’Daniel of Athens

Special friends,

   John and Lori Murphy of Athens

Several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be 2 pm Monday in the chapel of Ziegler Funeral Home with the Rev.  Charla Sherbakoff officiating.  Burial will follow in Cedar Grove Cemetery.

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

The family will receive friends from 1-2 pm Monday at the funeral home.

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Ziegler Funeral Home has been entrusted with the care of Jimmy Ray O’Daniel.

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