LTC Charles Robert Odom

     LTC Charles Robert Odom

HSC Honorary Member
HSC Patron


LTC Charles Robert Odom, a native of Durham, NC, is the son of the late Guilford Ennis Odom and Effie Cacindy Nash Odom.  He married Carla Lucille Whitehurst June 6, 1964 at Grace Baptist Church, Durham.  They have two daughters, Charlotte Martin Odom Lytle Perrin, Catherine Lynne Odom Quick and three grandsons.      

Mr. Odom was educated in the Durham Schools.  At Campbell College he was Treasurer and a charter member of Nu Kappa Chapter of Alpha Phi Omega, Service Fraternity, President of Phi Beta Lambda, President of North Carolina Future Business Leaders of America, and selected the North Carolina’s Future Business Leader of the Year.  Mr. Odom completed undergraduate work with a B.S. degree in Business.  After a brief career with Carolina Power and Light Power Company in Raleigh, North Carolina he enlisted in the U.S. Army during the build up of the Vietnam War.       

Lieutenant Odom graduated from Officer Candidate School at Fort Lee, Virginia and was immediately deployed to the Republic of Vietnam where he served as an Engineer Supply Officer and later as a Subsistence Supply Officer. Following an assignment as a Test Officer at the U.S. Army Test and Evaluation Command at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Captain Odom graduated from the Quartermaster Officer Career Course at Fort Lee He deployed to the Republic of Thailand and was appointed Executive Officer to the Depot Commander and later Secretary to the General Staff for the U.S. Army.   At Fort Rucker, Alabama he commanded the 108th Quartermaster Company followed by duty as Chief of Protocol.   He graduated from Troy State University with a MBA. 

At Campbell University, Major Odom was an Assistant Professor of Military Science with the ROTC Detachment and he was inducted into the Faculty Senate. He graduated from the United States Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.  He was deployed to Heidelberg, Federal Republic of Germany, at the United States Army Europe Headquarters in the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics. LTC Odom’s final military tour was a five year assignment at the United States Army Logistics Management College (ALMC) at Fort Lee, Virginia as Director for both the United States Army Auditors and Major Items Management Courses. He is a graduate of a number of the other courses at ALMC.  LTC Odom also served as a guest lecturer at the Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.  He retired in the Regular Army rank of Lieutenant Colonel. His post-military career included employment as a Systems Analyst at Computer Science Corporation, Co-Owner of B&O Computers, and recently as a G.E.D. Instructor. 

Society Memberships
* Descendant of Brian Boru (Founding Parliamentarian)
* Descendants of Colonial Mothers 1607-July 4, 1776 (Co-Founder;
   Inaugural Vice-President; President)
* Descendants of Continental Colonial Officers (Founder; Commander)
* Descendants of Early Postmasters 1607-1900 (Founding
* Founders Fellowship
* General Society of Colonial Wars (Virginia and North
   Carolina Societies; Lt. Governor, North Carolina Society)
* General Society of the War of 1812 (Virginia Society)
* General Society Sons of the Revolution (Virginia and North Carolina
   Societies; Treasurer, North Carolina Society)
* Guild of Colonial Artisans and Tradesmen 1607-1783
   (Second Vice President General)
* Hereditary Descendants of the Red Dragon (Founder; Inaugural
* Hereditary Order Descendants Loyalists and Patriots of American
   Revolution Deputy Governor General)
* Hereditary Society Daughters of Founding Fathers of America
   1606 – 1656  (Honorary Member)
* Military Order of the Foreign Wars of the United States of America
* Military Order of the World Wars
* National Gavel Society (Former Treasurer)
* National Order of the Blue and Gray
* National Society Descendants of American Farmers (Founder; Inaugural

* National Society Sons and Daughters of the Antebellum Planters
   1607 – 1861  (Honorary President General)    
* National Society Sons and Daughters of the Pilgrims (Honorary
   Governor General; Honorary Governor, Virginia Branch; Founding
   Honorary Governor, Founding Treasurer, Virginia South Branch)
* National Society Sons of the American Colonists (Former
   Archivist General)
* National Society Sons of the American Revolution (former member
   Richmond Chapter)
* Order of Bacon's Rebellion (Founder; Recording Scribe)
* Order of Descendants of Colonial Cavaliers 1640–1660
* Order of Descendants of El Cid (Founder; Inaugural Parliamentarian)
* Order of Descendants of the Justiciars (Honorary Member; Founding
* Order of Indian Wars of the United States
* Order of the First World War
* Order of the Founders of North America 1492-1692 (Founding Deputy
   Chronicler General; Charter Member)
* Order of the Honorable Artillery Company
* Order of the Kings and Queens in the Holy Lands (Honorary

* Order of the Monarchs of Rheims (Honorary Member)
* Order of the Second World War
* Order of the Sovereigns of Ancient Scandinavia (Founder; Inaugural
* Order of the Steel Magnolias (Co-Founder; Inaugural Treasurer)
* Order of the Vietnam War (Founder; Inaugural Vice-Commander)
* Order of Washington
* Saint Andrew's Society of North Carolina
* Society of the 1704 Virginia Quits Rents (Co-Founder; Inaugural
   Recording Scribe
* Sons and Daughters of the Colonial and Antebellum Bench and Bar
   1565 -1861 (President General)
* Sons and Daughters of Virginia Founding Fathers (Charter Member)
* Sons of Spanish American War Veterans (Associate Member)
* Veteran Corps of Artillery State of New York
* Virginia Huguenot Society (Honorary Member)

 LTC Odom is a life member of the Patriotic Order Sons of America, Washington Camp #1

Chivalric Orders
* Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of Saint John of Jerusalem
   (bestowed by Elizabeth II, Queen of England)
* Sovereign Military Order of the Temple of Jerusalem (Priory of Saint
   Thomas a` Becket, Knight Chevalier)

The Planter, a national publication of the National Society Sons and
     Daughters of Antebellum Planters 1607-1861, 2015-2017.

The Barrister, a national publication of the Sons and Daughters of
     Colonial and Antebellum Bench and Bar 2018-2020.

At Mothers Knee, a publication of Descendants of Colonial Mothers,

Other Notes
LTC Odom is of the Baptist and Episcopal Faith, and a former lector and Sunday School teacher. He is the former President of the Chapel Council at Mark Twain Village Chapel, Heidelberg, Germany, Chairman of the Board of Deacons, and Director of the W.W. Hammond Recital Series at Mount Pleasant Baptist Church, Colonial Heights, Virginia, and Junior Warden of Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church, Petersburg, Virginia. He has also performed solo, in quartet, and with choirs in churches and choral festivals in America, Thailand, and Germany, where duty called. The Odoms are members of St. Luke's Episcopal Church.

The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International named LTC Odom as a Paul Harris Fellow.  He is former President of the Colonial Heights Club and a twenty-five year member.  He and his family received the Family Life Award as Family of the Year from the Coats Women’s Club. Additionally, LTC Odom was awarded the Cross of Military Service by the United Daughters of the Confederacy.

LTC Odom is former Chairman of the Board of the Fort Rucker School Association, member of the
Board of Visitors at Mary Baldwin College, and for many years Class Agent for Campbell University.  He is a former member of the Petersburg Music Festival Chorus and Vice President, Board of Directors of Crater Community Hospice

For several years Charles Odom and his wife supplied and posted colors for individual patriots interred at the Spanish American War Cemetery, on the grounds of the Hampton Veterans Medical Center, Hampton, Virginia. During his administration President General Odom presented the National Society Sons and Daughters of Antebellum Planter bronze marker and certificate of award to Shirley Plantation at Charles City County, Virginia and the second and third markers at the Richard Wainwright Barber Farm, Rowan County, North Carolina. He has served as sponsor for 21 hereditary groups for their respective events held at the Army and Navy Club, Washington.

He is a member of the
Army and Navy Club of Washington, D.C.  He serves as an Adjunct Director of the Swamp Fox Board of the Umstead Pines Club of Durham, NC. LTC Charles Robert and Carla Whitehurst Odom established a Hereditary Society Community Scholarship at the College of William and Mary

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