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Mr. Odell Gwinn, 84, of Gastonia, North Carolina was born April 5, 1932 in Clover, South Carolina and passed away on Thursday, January 12, 2017 at CaroMont Regional Medical Center in Gastonia, North Carolina.  He was the son of the late Vernetta Gwinn.  He was raised by his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. James Gwinn.

Odell was a lifetime member of Weeping Mary Baptist Church where he served on the Trustee Board and helped in any way necessary for the growth and development of the church.  He was a loyal member and never missed a service or program.  He especially enjoyed the gospel singing.

Odell’s education was limited to hands on learning, which went on create his construction empire.  He worked for the City of Gastonia until he moved to Clover, South Carolina.  In the early 1960’s he was employed at Krupp and Knowles as a forklift driver ending in a tragic accident.  He crushed his leg which lead to amputation.  From that accident he took his settlement and became an entrepreneur.  Until the business became successful, he worked for Ford Tractor Place located on Franklin Blvd., Gastonia, N.C., third shift at Pharr Yarns Mill, Lowell, N.C. and Dixie Yarns, Gastonia, N.C. for many years.  Odell established Odell Gwinn Grading Company and as the years passed with ups and downs, it flourished into a thriving business employing several men over the years.  In 1997, God blessed his business with a thirty year celebration.  Today, the empire continues with fifty years of successful business. 

Besides his mother and grandparents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara C. Gwinn and son, Charles Fuller.

He leaves to cherish precious memories his children, Leroy Gwinn Byrd (Ruby), Marilyn Adair, Sharon “Twin” Montgomery (TJ), Karen “Twin” Davis-Graham (Mike), Karen Celeste Thompson, Will Wright, Pamela Rogers-Rockholt (Brain) and Odell “Toby” Tobias Gwinn; sister, Carrie Foster; special friend, Jermaine Gordan; long time companion, Marcella McCaskill; daughter-in-law, Crystal M. Gwinn; a host of grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. 

Funeral Arrangement 

Weeping Mary Baptist Church Cemetery
1799 N. Hwy. 321
Bowling Green, S.C.  

Thursday, January 19, 2017 @ 2:30 P.M.

The family will receive friends at the church for thirty minutes prior to funeral.
(2:00 until 2:30 p.m.)

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  • Sunday, January 15, 2017
    Our staff will continue to keep your family in our prayers. We thank you for allowing us to serve your family.
    ~ Costner Funeral Home
  • Wednesday, January 18, 2017
    Our prayers are with all the family. Odell was a good man and earned the respect of everyone he came in contact with. He and my dad were friends and colleagues. My dad often hired Odell to do the heavy grading he sometimes needed so that he could more easily do the fine grading, which was his expertise. My dad was John L. Petty of Petty's Landscaping. Both Odell and my dad owned their own business and turned much work to each-other over the years. It will always be a sad occasion when we lose good men, I loss my dad in 2003. Odell was a good example of a workman being worthy of praise. May God give all of y'all peace and comfort during this that we all must one day face.
    ~ Gregory Petty   Gastonia, NC
  • Sunday, January 22, 2017
    So sorry for your loss. God's word the bible gives us comfort during times such as these. Psalm 34:18 helps us to see that Jehovah is with the brokenhearted. Revelation 21:3,4 helps us to see that he will one day do away with pain and death. My thoughts and prayers are with you
    ~ Lisa L