Odean Floyd Reynolds

Odean Floyd Reynolds

Mr. and Mrs. George Reynolds


Beloved Odean Floyd Reynolds left for Heaven Saturday evening, August 12, 2017, to be with her husband, George Marvin Reynolds, Jr.

Odean was born to parents Charles Milwee Floyd and Ellie Mae Westbrook Floyd May 8, 1920. She joined brother Elmer, and with family welcomed sister Eva in 1925.

She attended Nashville Public Schools, Odean Floyd graduated from Harding University with a degree in business.

Odean taught school in Delight, Arkansas before working in Hope, Arkansas for The Proving Grounds, where Bombs were inspected during WWII.

George’s sister, Josie Dee introduced him to Odean Floyd, and they married March 8, 1952, in Little Rock, Arkansas. They remained married until his death in 1999. 

Little Rock, Arkansas became her home, and she worked with Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration until her retirement. 

Family she leaves behind include Marvine Reynolds Ely of North Little Rock, Arkansas; Cousin, Gerald Littlefield; Along with her nieces and nephews: Ella Mae Reese; JoAnn Walters; Brenda McClain; Cleon Green; Dee Ann Howell; Gary Robinson; Becky Taylor; Floyd Green; Marion Greene; Alan Green; John Curtis and LaDonna Curtis.

.Odean’s funeral was August 15, in Nashville, Arkansas.

Burial was August 16th, 11:30 AM Oak Grove Cemetery in Conway, Arkansas. John Gibson, of Windsong church of Christ officiated.

In place of flowers, the family asks contributions be made to the Sunset church of Christ Library or The Starnes Family Mission Fund.

Contribute to Sunset Library by mailing a check to Sunset church of Christ, 1420 West Sunset Street, Nashville, AR 71852 or calling 870.845.1824.

The Starnes Family is bringing the gospel of Jesus Christ to the people in Olomouc, Czech Republic. They’re formally with were formerly Robinson and Center Street church of Christ. Donations may be made by mailing to Winnsboro church of Christ, PO Box 541, Winnsboro, TX 75494 or visiting www.starnesinolomouc.com/support.

John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

Odean Floyd Reynolds loved her Lord, and we are eternally blessed by her life.


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Rule #14 Be the Same Person in the Dark as You are in the Light of Day.

In my late twenties — just last year 🙂 — friends, co-workers would say to me “you always look in such peace”.  I always answered, yes I am, didn’t even know enough to know I was not in complete peace. 

*Disclaimer: Because of my parents, because I have ALWAYS had a net, a good foundation and belief system, there is a peace within me that has never gone away, one that never will.

But at peace? No. There was a lot of turmoil within, and who knows maybe that comes with our youth?  My outsides did not match my insides.  Have you ever been in this position?

I NEVER ever really said OUT LOUD my own truth.  Accomplishing good things, but at what cost?

As the ‘perfect’ child, of course I was the ‘perfect’ grown-up.  Said everything I was supposed to say, wore the proper clothes, shoes, etc., etc., etc.  You get the idea.

Of course, I was thin.  Isn’t that the goal? At home I was binging and purging.  No one knew, Dee Ann, my ‘middle sister’ suspected, she asked Mother, Mother asked me.  “Of course not” came my reply.

I was perfect, that could not be. Deny, deny, deny.

Dee Ann Howell  — McClain girls LOVE the telephone — always!


By this time I was in Nashville, Tn., swiftly moving to my long-term goal of entertainment public relations.

Finalizing the interview for my first job as PR Director and as example, instructed by  the hospital director not to dress up so much for work! (I had on a silk dress and pearls. Nashville was a different ‘beat’ from Dallas!)

I was miserable on the inside, looked oh, so fabulous on the outside.  UNTIL I decided to try therapy, real therapy.  YIKES.

In the throws of therapy, still looking the part, I was in terror inside crying all the time.  One night I was talking to my parents and didn’t think they were ‘hearing me’ so I SCREAMED #$$%^&.  Why was that my release word?  I don’t know, but it was.  THIS is just one of the many reasons I love(d) my parents so much.  They did not say one thing, they waited until I could continue talking, calmer.

You see, I had never told them I was date raped in college. This secret was carried for way too long, to my own detriment.

Because I DID the work In therapy, I couldn’t keep secrets or hide my real self any longer.  For a very long time I had no filter.  (Believe it or not, I DO have a filter now. Some of you are terrified about this, others laughing loudly!)

The very best thing that happened for me is learning to be the same inside and out.

Once I became true to myself, everything else started falling into place.  God’s timing has always been perfect in my life. This was no exception.

Now, following two horrendous years, my outsides don’t match my insides. But it’s being fixed, one day at a time. It’s a slow process but I can’t trade the journey, because it makes me who I am today.  May I tell you I love who I am?   I enjoy my own company!

Complete peace makes the difference.  Once we are at peace inside, nothing can stop us.  Nothing will shatter us.  Work, play, family time, you might break my heart but break me?  No, I know who I am. I wish the same for you.

Authentic Grace will be a piece of cake.

Friends have seen me through thick and thin! But above all Ron Greene, my nephew, has seen me through it all, when I need him, he is here.  24/7, never wavering in his support.  He is NOT perfect, thankfully, but he is the perfect nephew…..always.  Nothing he does will change my love for him. Nothing.

Ron & Brandy during his birthday dinner last week!

best ron and brandy

I am thankful and blessed.  I wish the same for you.
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