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Odes Cleavon Rackley, 88
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Odes Cleavon Rackley, 88, of Bradyville passed away Sunday, Oct. 17, at his home. He was born in Morrison.

He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Phyllis Goff Rackley of Bradyville, daughter Darlene (James) Burd of Goodlettsville, stepchildren Cindy (Edward) McCabe of Bon Aqua, Ricky Foster (Carol Prater) of Bradyville, Cathy Fults of McMinnville, grandchildren Heather (Ricky) Ridley and Shea Burd, step-grandchildren, Allison (John) Fischer, Kyle McCabe, Jeremy (Amy) Foster, Nicholas (April) Foster, Jeff (Lynn) Fults, Michelle (Eric) Holt, Lacey (Phillip) Hasting, Lynn Fults, LaNae Campbell, Lynsie Armstrong, great-grandchildren Madison (Christian) Brown, Avriel Burd and Jillian Burd, step-great-grandchildren Evelina Gray Fischer, Beau Brooks Fischer, Madison and Macie Foster, Tenerra, Madison and Brittany Fults, Brandon and Erica Dixon, India Holt, Noah, Coley and Kamryn Campbell, Chase Grosch, Sybil Haston and Bella Armstrong, and brother Joe Ed (Linda) Rackley of Manchester. Also surviving are several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Issac and Ida Pearl Johnson Rackley, his first wife Pauline Rackley, stepdaughter Paula Armstrong, and siblings Mary Pearl Wilson, Bertha Gunter, Douglas, Harvey, Dow and Cordell Rackley.

Odes was a Christian who read his Bible daily and was a member of McMinnville Church of God. He was a veteran of the United States Army where he served during the Korean War with the military police. Mr. Rackley was the owner of Rackley Amusement Co. He was also a member of the VFW, American Legion, and the Moose Lodge. Odes was a man who loved his family. He wanted to make sure they knew the Lord and did good in this life. His hobbies included fishing, playing guitar and banjo. Odes loved to joke with people and play Snooker with friends, who he considered family, that he met through his business. He had the most enjoyment when he received his pilot license at the Warren County Airport where he was also a member of the Aviator and Navigators Club.

Graveside service was 3 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 19, at Blues Hill Cemetery with his son-in-law, Rev. James Burd, officiating. Pallbearers included Ricky, Jeremy and Nicholas Foster, Kyle McCabe, Ricky Ridley and Christian Brown. Online condolences can be made at

Woodbury Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Southern Standard

(McMinnville, Tenn.) Oct. 20, 2021