Odell Wayne  Byford


Odell Wayne Byford died Saturday, April 27,2019 in Duncan, Oklahoma after a short illness. He was 90 years old.

Services will be held at the Don Grantham Funeral Home Chapel, at 2:00 p.m. Friday, May 3. The Rev. Randy Southerland will officiate. Interment will follow at the Resthaven Memorial Gardens Duncan.

Odell Byford was born August 18, 1928, in Stephens County near Comanche, the son of Florence Nora Mobley and James Monroe Byford, Jr..

The fourth of eight children, he attended Stoner and Tucker Elementary Schools, then went on to graduate from Comanche High School where he lettered on the Comanche football team. He graduated from high school in 1945 when he was 16 years old.

As a child of the Depression, he started picking cotton as soon as he was strong enough to drag a cotton sack. In 1947, he began working as a machinist for the Halliburton Oil Well Cementing Company.

On May 24, 1947, Odell married Peggy Ann Headrick. They had three children. They divorced in 1979.

About 1973, after some 26 years, Odell left Halliburton to open his own machine shop. However, when the oil industry crashed in the early 80's, he lost everything. With much hard work, enterprise, ingenuity and some plain luck, he began a new buisiness of making boxes. With Carolyn Matlock, he created the Southern Box Company. The business started on South 81 Highway but eventually, Odell and Carolyn were able to move their store to Duncan's Main Street. They married in the mid-eighties. In 1989, Carolyn and Odell received the Duncan Chamber of Commerce Small Business Persons of the Year, and, later, the Southwest Oklahoma Small Business award. They sold the business and retired about 2004. Carolyn Byford died in April, 2017.

He was predeceased by his parents, Florence and Monroe Byford; two sisters, Wanda Byford Callandar and Oleta Byford Wright; three brothers: Troy Byford, Roy Byford, and F.M. Byford.

Survivors include two sisters: Shirley Byford Reed and Lestine Byford Sullaway Fowler.

Odell's very special friend and loving companion, Lorene Patterson of Duncan, and her family, also survive him.

Odell's children are: Diana Byford Glover and husband Walter of Katy, TX; Steven and Cindy Eazor Byford of Coppell, TX; and Kelly and Jayne Livingston Byford of Dallas, TX.

Grandchildren and great-grandchildren are Shannon Glover Robinette and husband, Jim of Palms Springs, CA; Jonathan and Tracy Norsworthy Glover and their children Kyle and Reagan, Katy, TX; Colin and Effie Nicholson Glover and their son Matthew Lindell, Cheasapeake, VA; Robin Glover, Katy, TX; Joe Byford, Lawton, OK; Justin Byford, Houston, TX; and Eric and Jamie Gulliver Byford, Austin, TX.

Odell is also survived by an immense number of nieces, nephews and cousins.

Pall Bearers will be Justin Byford, Joe Byford, Jonathan Glover, Colin Glover, Robin Glover, and Buzz Carter.

A donation may be made to the Chisholm Trail Hospice; P.O. Box 2000; Duncan, OK 73534

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.granthamfuneralhomes.com
Published on May 1, 2019
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5 posts

Robert Headirck
May 04, 2019
Very nice to learn about his early days. Not surprised he lettered in football despite being a year younger than his team mates.
Laura Bixler
May 03, 2019
Sending condolences for a life well lived.
Allyn and Cliff Dukes
May 02, 2019
We send our condolences and love to your family as you grieve, honor and remember the well lived long life of Odell.
Carol Frazee Dowdy
May 01, 2019
I remember Odell well. Those hot summer get togethers at the Byford reunion. Know he is in his Heavenly home surround by love ones. Have been thinking of olden days.. Odell was always so nice to me and my baby sister and made us feel welcome at those gatherings...God Bless his family and love ones...
Linda Callendar Beachley
May 01, 2019
I have such wonderful memories as a child spending summer vacation. Uncle Odell & Aunt Peggy would always take me swimming or roller skating while I was in Duncan.