Richard L. Odum
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Richard L. Odum, of Monroe, Georgia who was known to friends as "Richie," passed away on February 10, 2021 after a lengthy battle with Covid-19. Richard was 57 years old. Richard, a native of Appling County, was a 1982 graduate of Appling County Comprehensive High School. In 1985, he began his law enforcement career with the Appling County Sheriff's Department, where he was quickly appointed to the rank of Sergeant. Richard left the Appling County Sheriff's Department in 1993 to further his career in law enforcement with the Athens-Clarke County Police Department in Athens, GA. He retired with the rank of Lieutenant from the Athens-Clarke County Police Department in 2019 after 24 years of service. Richard had a heart for people and loved teaching. This led him to accept a teaching position with the Georgia Public Safety Training Center in Savannah, GA as a tactical instructor where he was employed till his death. Richard was a devout member of the St. Anna's Parrish and a member of The Knights of Columbus in Monroe, GA. He is survived by his wife of 26 years, Constance "Connie" (Catudal), sons Austin Richard and Eric Cameron of Monroe, his parents, Larry (Carol) Odum of Baxley, GA, Sharon Peach of Yulee, Florida. Siblings, Charlotte (Jon) Nagle-Alexander of Cocoa Beach, FL, April (David) Ray of Callahan, FL, Bruce (Roseanne) Weaver of Jacksonville, FL, Angie Kraus of Jacksonville, FL, Jimmy (Wendy) Wheeler of Destin, FL, Tom (Nancy) Catudal of Haymarket, Virginia, Kurt (Teresa) Catudal of Panama City, FL and Carrie (Eddie) Burnette of Bowdon, GA. Richard was an amazing uncle to many nieces and nephews that kept him on his toes. A Celebration of Richard's life will be held at 2 pm, on Wednesday, February 17th, at St. Anna's Parrish, 1401 Alcovy Street, Monroe, GA, with Father Daniel Toof officiating. Following the funeral mass, Richard will receive full law enforcement honors performed by both the Georgia State Patrol and ACPD Honor Guards at the burial site, Creek Woodlands, 2625 Hwy 212 SW, in Conyers, GA. The family asks that any flower arrangements that are sent be biodegradable.