Carolyn Gainey Odom

Darlington – Carolyn Gainey Odom, age 73 died in her home on Sunday, August 15, 2021. A funeral service was held 3:00 p.m. Wednesday, August 18th at Dovesville Church of God with burial following at Black Creek Cemetery. The family received friends Tuesday from 6-8 p.m. at Belk Funeral Home. Born on September 10, 1947, Carolyn was the daughter of the late Monroe Hall Gainey and Kathleen Gainey Parnell. She retired from the Darlington County Schools after 32 years and she assisted in her husband’s business for 26 years. She loved spending time with her children and grandchildren, and she enjoyed working in her yards. Carolyn was a member of Dovesville Church of God. Surviving are her husband, Joe E. Odom; her children, Joe Odom III, Kevin (Rebecca Strickland) DuRant of Darlington and Monica (Ronnie) Poston of Ruby; nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; a brother, Robert (Linda) Gainey and a sister, Donna (Buck) Register. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Bryan (Dina) DuRant; siblings, Charlie Gainey, Wayne Gainey, Dot Ham and Wanda Wilson; and her first husband, Marvin DuRant. Memorials may be sent to Dovesville Church of God, 3717 N Governor Williams Hwy, Darlington, SC 29540. A guestbook is available online at

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