School 31

Billye Lynne Odom

April 22, 1941 ~ June 12, 2022 (age 81)


Billye Lynne Odom was born on April 22, 1941 in Joplin, MO; the daughter of William Taft and Opal Joe (Davidson) Dungan. She was a 1960 graduate from Baxter Springs High School. She then went on to earn a bachelor’s degree from Pittsburg State University and a masters degree in education from Baker University. On June 6, 1964, Billye was united in marriage to James Brian Odom in Baxter Springs, Kansas. Billye was truly a wonderful educator and spent 34 years at several different schools; including Meadowbrook Junior High, Indian Woods Middle School in Overland Park and Atchison High School. She spent most of her career teaching 7th grade life science. Billye loved to travel; whether she was exploring with her children, grandchildren or church friends, she was always going to new places where she might learn something new. She was a devoted member of the First Presbyterian Church in El Dorado. Her greatest joy in life was her family which includes her sons, Doug (Alicia) Odom of El Dorado and Greg (Tabitha) Odom of Carlsbad, New Mexico; grandchildren, Chloe, Jeremiah and Zoey Odom and Brantley Henson and Jaycie Henson (Adam Rubi); and dog, Christy. Billye passed away on June 12, 2022 in El Dorado. She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, James in 2010; and infant sister, Vicky Dungan. Friends may gather with family on Thursday, June 30, 2022 at Carlson Colonial Chapel from 5-7 PM. Graveside services will take place at Baxter Springs Memorial Cemetery in Baxter Springs, Ks at a later date. Memorial contributions may be directed to First Presbyterian Church and Alzheimer’s Association. Please sign her online guestbook at

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June 30, 2022

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Carlson Colonial Chapel
200 S. Star
El Dorado, KS 67042

This event will be live-streamed


Baxter Springs Cemetery
Baxter Springs, Ks
Baxter Springs, KS


First Presbyterian Church
400 W. Central, El Dorado KS 67042

Alzheimer's Association
1820 E. Douglas Ave., Wichita KS 67214

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