Benton County


Lawyer and postmaster; born, at Coxburg, Tenn., May 29, 1880; son of H. D. Odle; father was a farmer and stock dealer, merchant: Paternal grandparents Richard sad Lucretla (Tippett) Odle; maternal grandparens J. H. and Nancy D. (Wesson) Fry; Scotch-­Irish descent; educated at McTyeire Institute and Cumberland Universlty; graduated from law department of Cam­berland University with LL.B. degree Jan 22, 1908; began his business career as a school teacher later studied law; member of Masons (Master Mason). and Woodman of the World; Democrat; for­mer Election Commissioner for Benton County, Tennessee and Chairman of Ex­ecutive Committee of said county; Grand Patron of the Order of the Eastern Star of Tennessee 1916-1917; Representative from Benton and Decatur counties in the Tennessee House of Representatives in 1911, 1919 and 1923; appointed Post­master of Camden, Tenn by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, in Sept. 1915; an outstanding citizen vitally interested in city affairs, he is the father of four children, — Virginia age 23, Mildred 21, Joe 15 and. Frank 15. A member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South.

Transcribed & Contributed by Christine Walters
PROMINENT TENNESSEANS 1796-1938 Lewisburg, Tenn.: Who's Who Pub. Co., c1940

House, 57th, 61st, and 63rd General Assemblies, 1911-13, 1919-21, 1923-25; representing Benton and Decatur counties. Democrat. Born 29 May 1880 at Coxburg, Benton County, TN; son of Hiram Dorsey and Victoria A. (Fry) Odle. Attended Benton County schools; McTyeire Institute , McKenzie, Carroll County, TN; studied law at Cumberland University, Lebanon, Wilson County, TN in 1908. Married Roberta E. Paschall 24 November 1913; daughter of J. Frank and Ella (Clark) Paschall. Children -- Virginia Madeline, Mildred Clair, Joseph Fry, Jr., and Frank Paschall. Taught school in early life; practiced law in Benton and surrounding counties, with home at Camden. Alderman for Camden in 1917; postmaster at Camden, 1935-50; presidential elector in 1932; on Democratic ticket of Franklin D. Rosevelt and John Garner. Chairman of county Democratic convention. Appointed to represent U.S. War Department in Benton County, having charge of enrollment campaign for Citizens Military Training Camps in 1927. Member official board of Methodist Episcopal Church and teacher of a Sunday School class for forty years; Free and Accepted Masons; Chaplain, Royal Arch Masons in 1939; Worthy Grand Patron Order of the Eastern Star; Woodmen of the World; Farmers Institute. Died 6 February 1965 at Nashville, Davidson County, TN; buried in Camden City Cemetery, Camden, TN. Father of Joseph Fry Odle, Jr., sometime member of Tenn. General Assembly.

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