Born: Sunday Dec 22, 1946

Died: Monday Apr 8, 2019


Mary Lula O'Dell Austin

December 22, 1946 - April 8, 2019

Mary Lula O’Dell Austin, 72, of Reidsville, entered into the presence of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ early Monday morning, April 8, 2019, at Annie Penn Hospital.

A funeral service will be held Thursday, April 11 at 2 p.m. at the Fair Funeral Home Chapel in Eden, with the Rev. Douglas Bray, pastor of Rock of Ages Baptist Church, officiating. Burial will follow at Overlook Cemetery in Eden.

The family will receive friends on Wednesday evening April 10 from 6-8 p.m. at Fair Funeral Home.

Mary was born Dec. 22, 1946, in Ridgeway, Va., to the late Raymond Dandridge O’Dell and Swannie Grogan O’Dell. She attended Ridgeway Elementary and Drewry Mason High School. Mary was a member of Rock of Ages Baptist Church in Reidsville and was a part of the women’s prayer circle. She was a retiree of Lorillard Tobacco Company in Greensboro, with 42 years of service. Mary enjoyed Bible preaching, gospel music (especially Southern gospel), trips to the beach, and bargain hunting at yard sales and thrift sales.

Mary was a loving and caring wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, caregiver and friend who demonstrated a selfless and sacrificial Christ-like love to her many family members and friends.

She is survived by her beloved husband of 50 years, Albert Charlie “A.C.” Austin of the home; two dearest and beloved precious sons who will always have her love, Anthony Chad Austin and wife, Koren, of Raleigh, and Bradley Dean Austin of Reidsville; three precious grandchildren, Tori Marie Austin, Stephanie Marie Austin, and Abigail Christine Austin; two great-grandchildren, Effie Lula Marie Austin, and Gunnar Allen Austin; an adopted sister, Patricia Overby of Ruffin; a special friend, Shannon Meeks Gleason; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one daughter, Christy Michelle Austin; three sisters, Seretta Leila O’Dell Waller, Sarah O’Dell Thacker, and Ruby Caroleen O’Dell; and four brothers, Raymond Dandridge “Dick” O’Dell Jr., George Norman “Bunk” O’Dell, Elkin Winferd O’Dell, and Alvin Thomas O’Dell.

Online condolences may be offered to the family at www.fairfuneralhome.com.



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i have known Mary for a long time we went to church together for a long time she has always been a faithful friend always doing for others love her and her family her husband took good care of her and loved her so much
Olene Gibbs

To the Entire family, Aunt Mary was a wonderful and sweet Aunt to me. She loved her family and friends so very much and always wanted to be there for them. We will miss her so much. I am so thankful for the many happy times we shared. May God surround the family with strength and comfort during this difficult time. Love & Prayers, Teresa, Mike and family
Teresa Hawkins

So sorry for your loss our thoughts and prayers are with you. Love yall
Leigh Ann Shepherd

Prayers for the family! Going to miss this sweet lady!
Rhonda Grogan

Mary was a very special woman and a loyal friend. Susan
Susan Voss

Mother and I are sending you our deepest condolences at this difficult time. Mrs. Austin was one of the nicest people we ever knew. She was a very kind and thoughtful person who we shall miss. May God give your family the strength that you need to make it though this together. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Barbara & Clifton Barham

Dear O’Dell Family. I am so sorry for your loss, may you find comfort in the words recorded in John 5:28,29 where Jehovah God through his son Jesus Christ promises to bring back our dead loved ones! Then people everywhere will be able to live as Jehovah God purposed for them to live ——- forever in perfect health. Hope this brought you comfort, for more please visit JW.org.
Mauren King

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