BENTON — Mr. John “J.C.” O’Daniel, 82, of Benton, passed away Saturday, September 7, 2013, peacefully at his home, surrounded by his children and his loyal dog Sam. Born March 13, 1931, in Marshall County. He was the retired owner of his own auto repair shop and was also an avid collector and restorer of classic Ford Mustangs. He also worked as a bridge foreman with the I.C.R. Railroad and was later a foreman at SKW in Calvert City. J.C. honorably served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. He was of the Baptist Faith.
He was the son of the late Robert O’Daniel and the late Grace (Lowery) O’Daniel.
He is also survived by his wife of 62 years, Toni O’Daniel of Benton; two daughters, Shawn O’Daniel of Mayfield and Cindy Hicks of Benton; three sons, Johnny O’Daniel of Key Largo, Fla., Joey O’Daniel of Murray, and Billy O’Daniel and wife Lynette of Calvert City; one sister, Dorothy Blagg of Reidland; seven grandchildren, Stacy Blakeley of Cadiz, Kenny O’Daniel of Cooleemee, N.C., Kelly O’Daniel of Palmyra, N.Y., Cara Green of Benton, Kelsie O’Bryon of Charlotte, N.C., Preston Hicks and Eric Hicks, both of Benton; five great-grandchildren; and nine granddogs, Cooter, Lizzie, Mickey, Buddy, Alf, JoJo, Gus, Sam, and Spanky.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Bobby O’Daniel; and two brothers, Tom O’Daniel and Jim O’Daniel.
Arrangements were being handled by Collier Funeral Home, P.O. Box 492, Benton, KY.
Graveside services will be held Monday, September 9, 2013, at 6 p.m. in Briensburg Cemetery of Benton. Rev. Chris Clark will officiate. Interment with full military honors by American Legion post 236 Honor Guard will follow in the Briensburg Cemetery in Benton.
Private visitation is scheduled. Friends may call at the graveside service, Monday, September 9, 2013, at 6 p.m. at Briensburg Cemetery.
The family asks that memorial contributions be made to: Marcella’s Kitchen, P.O. Box 242, Benton, KY 42025.