Odell O. Harlow
O. Harlow departed this life for his Heavenly Home
on Wednesday, September 24, 2014 after an extended
illness with his wife and daughter by his side. He
was born on October 21, 1937 to the late Sheugard
and Eva Harlow, one of 13 children.
He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Jeanette
Harlow; a daughter, Janet Harlow Shiflett and her
husband, Jay; grandsons, Travis Cale Lamb, Wyatt
Shiflett and Jay Shiflett II; granddaughter, Jessica
Shiflett “Farm Princess” to her Papa), two brothers,
Travenor “Jake” Harlow and wife Evelyn of
Stanardsville and Overton “Izzy” Harlow of Maryland;
one sister, Ora Lanning and many nieces and nephews.
He is also survived by their two teacup Chihuahuas,
Bonnie and Clyde.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in
death by a baby son, seven brothers, Spurgeoun,
Ollie, Aubrey, Charlie, Curtis, twins, B.I. and B.
M. and two sisters, Juanita Shifflett and Sudie
Odell became a member of Swift Run Baptist Church
at an early age. He was a farmer all of his adult
life, continuing the legacy of his Dad, raising
crops and farm animals on the family farm. Many
memories are recalled of friends who worked with him
taking care of the duties and chores of farm life.
His wife, Jeanette worked by his side on the farm
most of the time, something they enjoyed together.
He owned and operated the Fontaine Ave Exxon Station
for many years. He continued his mechanical
experience at a shop he maintained on their farm. He
served in the U.S. Army and deployed to Korea during
the Korean War. He continued his tenure as First
Sgt. in the Virginia National Guard and completed 28
years of service.
Odell lived a simple life enjoying the company of
his friends and he was an avid sports fan. He loved
“good country cooking” and always enjoyed sharing
meals with family and friends. Being a farm boy all
of his life, he loved animals. One of his favorite
things to do included working at auction sales,
which he and Jeanette attended most Saturdays when
his health was better.
The family will receive friends on Friday,
September 26, 2014 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Ryan
Funeral Home, 12819 Spotswood Trail Ruckersville, VA
A funeral service will be held on Saturday,
September 27, 2014 at 11 a.m. at Ryan Funeral Home
with Rev. Mark Holder and Rev. Henry Aylor
Interment will follow in
Holly Memorial Gardens.
The family wishes to thank the doctors and nurses
of the 4 Central Coronary Critical Care Unit at UVA
and others for the excellent level of care they
provided for Odell and for the compassion shown to
family during this illness. Thank you to Josh Reuss
MD, Tom Welch MD, Vijai Nagarajam MD and Sula
Mazimba MD. A very special thank you to Andrew Huck,
RN, Claire Riley RN, and Cari McCormick RN for the
love and dedication given to the family during his
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be
made in his to his wife, Jeanette Harlow for the
benefit of his loving grandchildren, 1866 Swift Run
Rd Ruckersville, VA 22968.
An online guestbook is available at
Ryan Funeral Home of Ruckersville is handling the