Obituary: James “Digger” M. O’Dell

Published: Apr. 28, 2021 at 1:28 PM EDT
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James “Digger” M. O’Dell, 85, of Little Hocking, died April 26, 2021, at the Camden Clark Medical Center.

James was born March 28, 1936, in Grafton, WV, and was the son of the late William Earl and Elnora Steele O’Dell.

James was a U.S. Marine Veteran and was retired from Eramet.  He was a member of the American Legion Post 15 in Parkersburg.  He enjoyed square dancing, liked going to the beach and was a NASCAR fan.

James is survived by his children Lori Posey (Dave) of Belpre, Chris O’Dell (Sara) of Belpre, Alisa Friend (Jeff) of Parkersburg and Kevin O’Dell (Sabrina) of Vincent; their mother Delores O’Dell; grandchildren Jennifer O’Dell, Eric Sinnett, Chad Sinnett, Joey O’Dell, Kyle Friend, Travis O’Dell, Ashton Friend and Natalie O’Dell; 5 great grandchildren; brother Olaf O’Dell (Nancy) of Marietta and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by several brothers and sisters.

It was his wish not to have services.  Leavitt Funeral Home Belpre is assisting with arrangements.  Online condolences may be sent to the family at

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