Diana Rose Odle

January 6, 1946 ~ November 18, 2010

Mrs. Diana Rose (Petitt) Odle, 64, of Johnson City and Nickelsville, Virginia, died Thursday, November 18, 2010 at her home. She was born in Staunton, Virginia, the daughter of the late John E. and Rose W. Petitt, January 6, 1946, and grew up in Hampton, Virginia. Mrs. Odle was the wife for 39 years of Dr. George Odle, a clergyman of the Holston Conference of the United Methodist Church. They resided in both Johnson City and Nickelsville the last few years as she and her husband served the Nickelsville Circuit. Most recently she was employed as a part-time clinical instructor for the ETSU School of Nursing after a year of teaching at King College. Previously she was a nurse educator and oncology nurse specialist at James H. Quillen VA Medical Center in Johnson City for twenty years, and had taught nursing at the University of Arkansas, ETSU and the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. She also taught many CPR courses for hospital staff and industrial personnel. Her nursing career spanned forty years. She was involved in several professional nursing organizations and did volunteer work with the American Cancer Society. She received her B. S. in nursing from Virginia Commonwealth University, her Master's degree in nursing from Emory University, and a M. S. from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. She did post-graduate studies at M. D. Anderson Research Hospital in Houston, Texas, and the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Mrs. Odle was a member of the Sulphur Springs United Methodist Church and affiliate membership with Nickelsville Circuit. She was proud to sing in the Nickelsville Community Choir at Annual Conference and Camp Meeting at Sulphur Springs Survivors include: her husband, Dr. Odle and other extended family members in Virginia and many friends and work colleagues. Funeral services will be Monday, November 22, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. at Sulphur Springs United Methodist Church Community Ministry Center, Jonesborough, Tennessee, with visitation from 5:00 "? 7:00 p.m. The reverends Jeffrey Moncier, Randall Frye, Bradley Call and Gerald Hunter will officiate. The Chancel Choir will present special music. Entombment will be Tuesday, November 23, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. at Washington County Memory Gardens Mausoleum, Boones Creek, TN. Family and friends are asked to assemble at the cemetery by 9:45 a.m. Pallbearers will be: Randy Johnson, Dan Cross, Tommy Hale, Willie White, Kenneth Meade, and Jeff Stapleton. A memorial service will be held that Tuesday, evening, November 23, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. at Nickelsville (VA) United Methodist Church, with the Reverends Archer Coppedge and George Olde Officiating and special music by the Nickelsville Community Choir. An informal reception will follow. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Nickelsville Circuit United Methodist Churches, P. O. Box 135, Nickelsville, VA 24272-0135 or Sulphur Springs United Methodist Church, 1432 Gray-Sulphur Springs Road, Jonesborough, TN 37659. Online condolences are available at: www.morrisbaker.com. In charge of arrangements: Morris "? Baker Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 2001 E. Oakland Avenue, Johnson City, TN 37601 or (423) 282-1521.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    My friend, my colleague, my ear to listen – will miss you greatly. You, Kathy, Linda, and Carolyn can now eat, laugh, and talk again. Wonderful, compassionate, caring nurse and teacher. George, she was one SPECIAL LADY, as you well know. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers and will see you soon. Mary L.

  2. Anonymous says:

    We are saddened to hear of the loss of Diana…..there is another star shining bright in heaven. She was always smiling, never complaining. Less than 3 weeks ago we learned her illness was becoming more severe, it quickly took hold and never let go. I last saw Diana in our Disciple Bible Study, approximately 3 weeks ago. As Dr. George attempted to load the CD for our viewing, he was relying on Diana for instructions…….she was laughing and teasing him in his lack of knowledge of technology. We all had a good laugh. None of us realized during this Bible Study that within 3 weeks, God would call her home. I hold dear the memories of having she and George in our home during the holiday season last year. She was a very appreciative and kind guest. We will miss her. Ann & Larry Vicars

  3. Anonymous says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. Diana was a wonderful lady and highly respected by the VA staff. She will be sadly missed. May God be with you and your family.

  4. Anonymous says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. She was a wonderful person. I had her in dosage and calculations when I was in nursing school at ETSU. She was always so kind to me and an instructor that I respected. She always had a smile on her face and I called her my friend. My thoughts and prayers are with your family. Shon Blevins, RN

  5. Anonymous says:

    I have known Diana for many years. As a novice oncology nurse many years ago, I gained so much valuable knowledge and insight from Diana. She was a superb oncology nurse and a leader in our local Northeast Tennessee Oncology Nursing Society group. I am saddened by her passing, but know she is in a glorious place and for that I rejoice! My heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with you…her family. Always, Kathryn Visneski, RN

  6. Anonymous says:

    My prayers go out to George and family on the passing of Diana. I didn’t know her all that well but the few conversations I had with her were very friendly. I am sure she will be missed by a lot of people. George, call me if you need someone to talk to…Vince

  7. Anonymous says:

    George, we are so sorry to read about Diana’s passing. We didn’t realize she was sick. We certainly have enjoyed knowing her through the years as a neighbor. She always had a sweet smile and a positive attitude. She was nice to be around. We will keep you in our prayers through this trying time. Lori and Al

  8. Anonymous says:

    Dear George, I am so sorry about Diana’s death. She is much too young for this to happen! Carlos and I enjoyed so much our friendship with you and Diana when you were the minister at Bluff City UMC. Know that you will be in my thoughts and prayers. Jane Bellamy

  9. Anonymous says:

    George – there are no words that can express my condolences in your loss. There have been so many good times during the past years with Diana and her caring ways will always be cherished. The love she shared during my times of grief meant so much to me. She was an extended family member and I will always treasure the good times we had together. I will miss her and want you to know that she was certainly a role model to everyone with whom she came in contact and touched many many lives. The two of you have been a great couple in your ministries. May God Bless You – Just know you are in our hearts and prayers and will always be a dear friend and brother.

  10. Anonymous says:

    On behalf of the faculty and staff at ETSU College of Nursing, I would like to extend our heartfelt condolences. Diana was a friend to many of our faculty and a teacher to many of our students. She will be remembered for her knowledge, wit, and love of nursing. Sincerely, Wendy M. Nehring, Dean

  11. Anonymous says:

    So very sorry to hear you have lost your long battle with cancer. But what an adventurous and amazing life you have lived! You touched so many lives, and made a difference in more ways than anyone could count. I will never forget the happy times we shared in LRS. The world lost one of the really great ones this week, but you will never be forgotten. My heart goes out to you, George, for your loss.

  12. Anonymous says:

    Please accept by condolences. Diana was truly a lady, and she will be greatly missed. I enjoyed working with her at the College of Nursing. You are in my heart and in my prayers.

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