Bobbye Marie Blanchard Odom, 66, left this earthly life on Sept. 20, at The Meadows of Orange. 

Funeral services will be Saturday, Sept. 27, at 1:00 p.m., at Mount Calvary Baptist Church in Orange.

Visitation will be from 12:000-1:00, Saturday Sept. 27 at Mount Calvary Baptist Church in Orange.

Born in Orange, on July 27, 1948, she was the daughter of the late Bob Benefield and Robert Sirls Ballard. She united with Mount Calvary Baptist Church in 1976, under the leadership of the late Rev. George H. Brown. She attended Wallace School and M. B. North High School and is a member of the Class of 1967. She was a faithful member of the Usher Board holding the position of secretary, where she served numerous years. She was a member of the senior choir, a Matron of the junior usher board, youth choir, and served on the kitchen committee. She was a member of the Mount Calvary Harmonettes for many years. She enjoyed outside activities, cooking, and of course she loved those Mustangs!  (Alright, Alright)!

She was preceded in death by her husbands, Earl Blanchard and Artis Odom; son, Anthony Blanchard Sr.; brothers, Clifton Sirls and Charles Champine; granddaughter; QuinNeshia Geter; two great-grandson, Mason Richard and Javion Duhon.

She is survived by her children, Robert (Yolanda) Blanchard of Orange, William Blanchard (Courtney) of Alexandria, La, Cynthia B. Smith (Dr. John H.) Smith  Jr. of Orange, Minister Kevin (Michelle) Blanchard of Orange; nine grandchildren, LaToya Williams (Darrin), Minister Quintavus Blanchard, Chiquita Moore, Minister  Anthony Blanchard Jr., Ashley Williams, Aleah Blanchard, William Blanchard II, Bri’Elle Blanchard, and D’Metree Blanchard; six great grandchildren, Alajhia, Lorenzo, Londyn, Sidnye, Darrin, Chelsea, and Cassidy. Sibings are Margaret Middleton, Shirley Champine (Daniel), Lorraine Tatum, Bobbie Guillory , Linda (Lincoln) Bellard, Kathy Greer, Susie Grant Hill, Larry (Doris) Ballard, Berta Collins (Mike), Bob Benefield Jr., Charles Benefield, and Michael Benefield; special God children; Andrea Quinn, Gabrielle Robinson, Felecia Powdrill, Roxie Jackson, Cathi King and LaDarius Wilkes, and a host of family and friends..