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James Oden

James Oden III

Monday, May 9th, 1966 - Monday, December 14th, 2020
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On Monday, December 14, 2020 in Chesapeake Regional Medical Center James Oden, III heard the call of his Heavenly Father and transitioned from labor to reward. He was born May 9, 1966 to the union of Mary and James Oden, Jr. Affectionately James was nicknamed Pumpkin.

James was reared in Calvert Park in Norfolk, Virginia for the majority of his childhood. He graduated from Booker T. Washington High School where his teachers loved him and treated him like a son.

James served as an assistant to Pastor Betty Johnson at Liberty Temple Church in Norfolk, Virginia. He managed the audio/visual equipment for the church. James was gifted in the Audio/Visual Department because he also managed the audio/ visual equipment at the Garden of Prayer Worship Center in Norfolk, Virginia under the late Bishop Levi Edgar Willis.

James was a giving and loving person who was a social butterfly and never met a stranger. His kind heart was the guiding light that bonded his family together. Family often attended his one-of-a kind family gatherings with loads of food that he prepared with lots of love. James’ love for his family and friends is what directed his steps daily to offer his wisdom, time and resources whenever needed; often times without being asked. His personality overflowed with humor and his continuous acts of kindness were great examples of selflessness as he treated others as he wanted to be treated.

James’ smiling face and loving spirit will be missed until we meet again.

'That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.'

John 3:15 KJV

James leaves to cherish his memories his parents, Mary and James Oden, Jr.; grandmother, Rosetta Oden; brother, Ronald Oden; sisters, Coretta Oden, Regina Oden and Patricia Mitchell; aunts, Jamece Taylor, Audrey Oden, Loretta Bond, and Patricia Beck; nephews: Calvin Oden, Ronald Wilson, Joseph Oden, George Oden, Jahshua Wolf, Marcus Oden; nieces, Michelle Oden, Raquisha Oden, Marquita Oden as well as a host of extended family and friends.
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  • Visitation

    Monday, December 21st, 2020 | 2:00pm - 6:00pm
    Monday, December 21st, 2020 2:00pm - 6:00pm
    Graves Funeral Home
    1631 Church St.
    Norfolk, VA 23504
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    Tuesday, December 22nd, 2020 | 11:00am
    Tuesday, December 22nd, 2020 11:00am
    Graves Funeral Home Chapel
    1631 Church St
    Norfolk, VA 23504
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  • Interment

    Roosevelt Memorial Park
    1101 Campostella Road
    Chesapeake, VA 23320
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Audrey Oden

Posted at 05:46pm
So long my precious Grandson. I’ll miss you. Your Lil Rose.

Audrey Oden Posted at 05:47pm

This message is from Grandma Rosetta Oden

Audrey Oden

Posted at 04:07pm
Pastor George W CookSr, 1st Lady D Cook, Church Mother J Knight, the Officers & Members of Fellowship COGIC send our love & prayers to the Oden family
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Cindy Hammond

Posted at 12:21pm
My cousin was always a shining light in the midst of darkness. I will Miss You so much!😢❤

Marilyn Brew

Posted at 01:16pm
I will carry the warm and embracing memories we shared until we meet again. Love, hugs, and blessings, brother-in-law.

Coretta Oden

Posted at 10:34pm
Hey Big Brother,
I miss your laughter, caring spirit and great cooking! You were a role model of selfless giving and I'm a better human because of your example. You are permanently attached to my soul. Thank you for being your authentic self. You embracing your sexuality gave me the courage to be true to myself as well. I'll love you forever and look forward to the time when we will be together again....not too soon though, lol.
- Coretta

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