Oddie Lampkin


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Posted Online: Jan. 02, 2013, 6:03 pm
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Oddie Lampkin, 78, passed away Dec. 29, 2012, in Clarksville, Tenn., at Gateway Medical Center.
Visitation will be held at Foston Funeral Home, 816 Franklin St., Clarksville, at 10 a.m. today. Oddie will be interred at Kentucky Veterans Cemetery West in Hopkinsville, Ky., with burial services set for Jan. 4 at 1 p.m.
Oddie was born on Jan. 22, 1934, at his family's farm in Louisville, Miss., the son of Squire and Alma Lampkin, and one of 11 children. He served in the United States Army during the Korean War and was awarded the Korean War Service Medal, two Bronze Service Stars, the United Nations Service Medal and the National Defense Service Medal.
After a short stint as an electrician he went to work at John Deere Foundry in Rock Island, where, after having worked for 31 years as a machine operator without ever missing a day of work, he retired in 1987. He continued to work various jobs in and around the Quad-Cities, including delivering flowers, before moving to Junction City, Kan., in 2004 and Clarksville in 2011. He was baptized at Second Missionary Baptist Church in Junction City.
Oddie enjoyed spending time outdoors in his many gardens and maintained an immaculate garage. He used his incredible skills with tools to build his grandchildren a tree house, loved baseball and Joe Morgan's commentary, cooking, eggnog, Whitey's Ice Cream and cars.
He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Movita Houston Lampkin; sons, Keith (Daphne) and Kevin Lampkin; daughter, Kim Foreman; sisters, Grace Jackson, Juanita Hughes and Charlene Allen; brothers, O.T. and Cleo Lampkin; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.













 



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