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1175 South State Street
Dover, DE 19901
Phone: (302) 734-2281
Fax: (302) 678-1176
Willie Odums

Willie Bell Odums (Few)

Wednesday, June 14th, 1916 - Tuesday, December 15th, 2020
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Willie Bell Odums (Few), 104 of Dover went home to be with the Lord on December 15, 2020. Her legacy will go on as a beacon of love for all her family and friends to remember and love. Willie Bell was a Church Mother at Mariners Temple Church in NYC for several years and a Mom, a Grandmother, a Great Grandmother 4 times over, full of loving kindness; she will be remembered; by the life she lived for the Lord and her words of wisdom “I’m Doing the Best That I Can, with what I have” and Taking it one day at a time.
She was preceded in death by 3 children Gladys Wilson, Marjorie Miley and Marvin Odums and 4 brothers; Eddie, Sam, John and Ike, 5 sisters; Lorraine, Lucinda, Mattie, Theola and Dessie Mae.
Willie Bell is survived by 2 daughters Evelyn Harris of New Haven, CT and Carol Hawkins of Queens, NY, 1 sister Georgia Mae Randall.
39 Grandchildren, 122 Great Grandchildren, 166 Great Great Grandchildren, 37 Great Great Great Grandchildren and 1 Great Great Great Great Grandchild.
Services will be 1PM, Monday December 28th at Kingdom Empowerment Christian Church, 630 W. Division Street, Dover, DE where friends and family may visit 2 hours prior. Burial will follow in Barratt’s Chapel Cemetery, Frederica, DE. Please visit www.ambruso.com to view the full obituary and share condolences.
Life End Services by Michael J. Ambruso Funeral Director, Inc., Dover, DE
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  • Visitation

    Monday, December 28th, 2020 | 11:00am - 1:00pm
    When
    Monday, December 28th, 2020 11:00am - 1:00pm
    Location
    Kingdom Empowerment Christian Church
    Address
    630 W. Division Street
    Dover, DE 19904
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  • Service

    Monday, December 28th, 2020 | 1:00pm
    When
    Monday, December 28th, 2020 1:00pm
    Location
    Kingdom Empowerment Christian Church
    Address
    630 W. Division Street
    Dover, DE 19904
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  • Interment

    Monday, December 28th, 2020 | 2:30pm
    When
    Monday, December 28th, 2020 2:30pm
    Location
    Barratt's Chapel
    Address
    6486 Bay Road
    Frederica, Delaware 19946
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Posted at 04:47pm
in loving memory of our beloved Grandmother willie bell Odums from Mary , Jeanette , Marvin , Iyana and Jimi Odums
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Charlotte Wilson

Posted at 10:05am
December 28, 2020


Re: Homegoing of Mother Willie B. Wilson

Dear Family:

On behalf of the Official Board and members of the Mariners’ Temple Baptist Church, I take this opportunity to extend our heartfelt sympathy on the homegoing of your beloved mother/grandmother. We pray that the prayers and kind thoughts sent your way, will comfort your hearts and soften your grief.

We pray you find immeasurable comfort in the knowledge that your beloved mother/grandmother is with the Lord. It is written, “blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them” [Rev. 14:13]

We can say without fear of contradiction that, in the homegoing of Mother Willie B. Wilson, a faithful, courageous and dedicated woman of God is at rest. A full day’s work is finished. Being weary of the burden of life, the God whom she served so devotedly, sent down from the shining courts of glory, a beautiful Glorified Messenger with orders to release from its suffering, a weakened body, a Christian spirit, a sanctified soul, that has long been imprisoned in its house of clay. Today, she is home in glory. We pray the knowledge that she is with the Lord brings you comfort.

The promise of Christ to all who die in the Lord is that we will meet again when we all meet in heaven. Until then, we encourage you and your family to hold fast to God’s promise that God will not leave you comfortless. God is the God of all Comfort. God keeps His promises. He will guide you, comfort you, and sustain you. Know that on God’s calendar these trials and crosses are but for a moment.

But for a moment the trials and crosses,
Weariness, trouble, and tears.
When we have passed through the valley of shadows,
Then, oh, what glory appears. Glory outshining the sun in its splendor,
Glory outweighing earth’s gold.
After the moment of our light affliction
Glory eternal, untold

Elliot Axiom

Posted at 03:35pm
They say when an Elder dies a library burns to the ground
I wonder how many books filled your shelves
with over a hundred years of knowledge written on your skin
More than a century
At the least
A university full

Mommy told me the story of you on September 11th
How you watched it happen
Right outside your high-rise window
In real HD
Horror and drama
And when she asked you to come across the bridge to Brooklyn
To leave Manhattan
Come to her until we knew what was going on
You refused to leave
Saying
“Those people need my help”
Which you gave
You were in your 80s then
And stayed in Manhattan during the worst disaster and
greatest loss of life on American soil
In modern history
at least until…yesterday
It was covid
Given to you by your caregiver who…

This was not your first pandemic
You were alive in 1918 during the Spanish Flu
A baby then but made it through
We pay homage to you
You, who survived the scourge of tuberculosis
laying for months encased in an iron lung
Mommy told me those stories too
Of how you couldn’t even speak
But would tell granddaddy with a look when those children
Her and her siblings
had acted up so badly they needed wuppin
You passed that look to Mommy
She chilled my blood every time she used it
She passed it to me
And although I don’t have any biological children
There are nieces and nephews who have received it
And
My students get it…and hate it…but understand when it’s given
it’s time to stop playing
get to work
They also experience your gift of firm gentleness
ushering them to their greatness
Telling someone they are wrong in a tone so loving it makes them forget they are supposed to be self-conscious
I don’t expect they give medals for quiet deeds done by silent heroes like you
But I know they give wings to angels who do

At last count with cousin Dommy we calculated the number of your descendants
from children down to “great-great-great”s
To around 200…
…that was almost 20 years ago
Now in 2020
with Cousin Charlotte and Cousin Netti
we see the new number
370
We definitely need new branches now
New leaves
Maybe even whole new trees
All who blossom
because of you
I love you grandma
When you get to Heaven
Hug mommy and kiss Tina for me
She’s new in Heaven too
Sit on a cloud with your descendants who have transitioned before you
Sitting at your feet
tell them the story…of life
why it is, and was, and will be worth living
and how and why you lived it
I Wish
I had the chance on this plane to sit at your feet
as an adult and just…listen to your wisdom
Always meant to
Never got to
And now…
There is sadness at your passing but also celebration
Each one of us hundreds of your descendants
is a book filled with the pages of your biography
We are
Because of you
Ubuntu grandma Ubuntu
Rest in Power
Rest in Peace
We love you…

Elliot Axiom ©2020

Charlotte Wilson

Posted at 10:54am
Willie Bell is a Woman of God.
Her Legacy, will go on as Beacon of Love for all of the Family and Friends to have and Love.
Her favorite words of encouragement : "She's doing, the best She can, with what She have" Those words alone are words of hope because when you do the best you can, with what you have; you are operating in Integrity, Love and Respect and because she is a child of God that is Power. For The word of God States in 1 Cor 2:9 But as it is written Eyes hath not seen nor Ear heard neither entered into the Heart of man the things which God hath prepared for them that Love Him . That is my Mother/ Grandmother /Great Grandmother Legacy ; Trust God and everything will fall in place. Some of her favorite Scriptures : Psalms 23, 91 and Isaiah 40:31 They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their Strength, They Shall mount up with Wings of Eagles they shall walk and not Faint .
Mother/Grandmother/Great Grandmother ; Now she have her Wings this is her Legacy to you; Trust God and lean not unto your understanding. but in all thy ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct thy paths. Proverbs 3:5
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