Mayberry, Odell H.

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Odell H. Mayberry, 93, of Pulaski, Virginia, died late Thursday night, December 28, 2006 at his home.
He was born January 20, 1913 in Iredell County, North Carolina to Lola Holcomb Mayberry and Arthur Glenn Mayberry. He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Novella Dixon Mayberry; and one godchild, Jennifer Spoon.

Mr. Mayberry moved to Pulaski in 1934 where he founded a cab business and later a bus business to transport workers to the Radford Arsenal. His business career was interrupted by World War II where he served in the Army Field Artillery in the Pacific.

After the war, he expanded his business interests to include a DeSoto Plymouth dealership in Dublin, Virginia. In 1948, he acquired the Buick franchise in Pulaski and sold his Dublin business. In 1961 he formed Mayberry Buick Oldsmobile which he led as President for 30 years.

He was a founder of Downtown East Limited Partnership and President of Carr’s Fork Coal and Land Company in Kentucky. He was very interested and involved in civic matters in Pulaski serving as Chair of the Pulaski Town Planning Commission, Vice Chairman of the Pulaski County Social Services Board, Chairman of the Board of Pulaski Community Hospital, Drive Chair for the local Red Cross, Board Chairman of Virginia National Bank, Pulaski Office and the Board of Randolph House.

He also served as a member and Vice Chairman of the Pulaski County Board of Supervisors and was a founding member of the Industrial Development Authority of Pulaski County, Virginia. As a member of the Industrial Development Authority, he championed the location of White Motor Company (now Volvo) in Pulaski County and was a strong supporter of establishing water lines throughout the County.

He was President of the Pulaski Rotary Club where he was a Paul Harris Fellow, he was a Past Master of the Masonic Lodge in Pulaski, Past Exalted Ruler of the Pulaski Elks Lodge and Dean of the Science Club. Mr. Mayberry’s greatest joy was helping in the education of children. He was a strong Duke University supporter and a member of the New River Community College Educational Foundation Board.

In 1996, he was the Pulaski County Chamber of Commerce Business Executive of the Year. He was recently recognized as a 69 year member of the First Baptist Church in Pulaski where he served as an Elder and Deacon.

Arrangements are by Stevens Funeral Home, Pulaski. There will be no family visitation. Those wishing to pay their respects may do so at Stevens Funeral Home from 4 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, December 30, 2006. A graveside service will be held at Holly Springs Baptist Church, Harmony, North Carolina at 2 p.m. on Sunday, December 31, 2006. The family requests no flowers. Memorials may be made to the charity of one’s choice.