JAMES EARL ‘BUDDY’ ODEN, 85, Rainbow City, died July 3, 2018. He was a member of Bethel Baptist Church and was founding member and lead singer in the gospel quartet The Evangelaires, for more than 40 years. Predeceasing him were daughter Wanda Oden Barb, parents Andrew and Florence Oden, and three siblings.
Surviving are wife Peggy Oden; son Wendell (Kim) Oden; daughter Jamie (Blaine) Hefner; stepdaughters Pam (Jacky) Foster, Teresa Angle, Karen (Chris) Smith; 11 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; sisters Imogene Skillman, Oneonta, Betty (Jack) Morrison, Shippensburg, Pa., Sue Smith, Austill, Ga., Judy Mabry, Fultondale; brothers Ray (Sarah) Oden, Gallant, Dwayne (Edith) Oden, Oneonta, Andrew Jr. (Lynda) Oden, Snead.
Ernest Campbell and Ray Oden officiated the 3 p.m. on July 7 at Village Chapel Funeral Home Chapel with burial at Rainbow Memorial Gardens.