Ward H. O'Dell, 99, of Creston

Ward Howard O'Dell, 99, of Creston, W.Va., passed safely into the arms of Jesus on Monday, Nov. 21, 2005, with his wife of 76 years, Dora Virginia Stricker O'Dell, and family members at his side.

He retired from the Union Carbide Corporation, Institute Plant, in 1963, as an area foreman with 28 years service. Ward played and managed in the Industrial Baseball League in the 40's and 50's. He was an avid trout fisherman, a member of the AF& AM lodge in Burning Springs and a Christian. Mr. O'Dell was a loving husband, father and grandfather.

He was preceded in death by his brothers, Lawrence, Enos, Avis and Earl; sisters, Esta, Lucy and Callie; son-in-law, Ronald Waters; and daughter-in-law, Madeline O'Dell. Surviving are his wife, Dora; sons, Ward Duaine O'Dell, Gordon (Buddy) O'Dell and James C. O'Dell; daughter, Delores Jean Waters; grandchildren, Debby, Duaina, Donna, Dana, Daniel, Gary, David, Carol, Amy, Paul, Tim and Tom; 16 great-grandchildren; and 19 great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Myers Funeral Home, Elkview, with Pastor Jeff Moales officiating, assisted by his wife, Jackie. Burial will follow in the O'Dell Cemetery, Quick, W.Va. Friends may call from 6-9 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.