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Obituary: Sue Oden

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Sue Oden

Sue Oden

Sue Oden, 87, of Franklin, was called home by her Lord on Aug. 23, 2019. 

Mrs. Oden was born in Nashville to the late Roy Quinn and Picola Barton. She was baptized in the waters of Mill Creek in Nashville and was a devoted Christ-follower, wonderful mother and wife to her husband of 66 years, John Oden Sr. 

She and her husband have been members of Glendale Baptist Church in Nashville, First Baptist Church in Franklin and, most recently, Brentwood Baptist Church for the last 14 years. They were deeply committed to the Room In The Inn Ministry, which provides overnight lodging, meals and other services to Nashville’s homeless community. Sue loved the Room In The Inn Ministry and always made a practice to sit at the dinner table with the guests and tell them about Jesus. This November would have marked 20 years of her service to the Room In The Inn Ministry.

Sue and John moved their family from Nashville to Thompson’s Station in 1970, where they owned a family farm until moving to Franklin. Sue was very much involved in all aspects of the farm operation. She always took care of the family, took care of the animals and prepared meals for the crews who looked after the production of soybeans, wheat, hay and tobacco.

She was preceded in death by brothers, Charles (Mildred) Fields and John (Catherine) Fields, and by sisters, Elizabeth (Harold) Fields-Dennis, Imogene (Raymond) Fields-Dye and Dorothy (Johnny) Fields-Norris. 

She is survived by her beloved husband of 66 years, John Oden Sr.; daughter, Beth (Nelson) Owen; son, John (Ellen) Oden Jr.; and her cherished grandchildren, Travis Owen and Annaliese Owen.

Visitation will be on Thursday, Aug. 29, from 5-7 p.m. and Friday, Aug. 30, from 10-11 a.m., both in The Parlor at Brentwood Baptist Church. Celebration of life services will be held on Friday, Aug. 30, at 11 a.m. in the Baskin Chapel at Brentwood Baptist Church, Pastor Jim Harvey officiating. Interment will follow at Woodlawn Memorial Gardens on Thompson Lane in Nashville. 

Honorary pallbearers will be members of the “From Here to Eternity” Sunday School class at Brentwood Baptist Church.

Memorial contributions in honor of Sue’s life can be made to Room In The Inn, 705 Drexel St, Nashville, TN 37203