Mrs. Phyllis Wade Odom was born in Big Cove (Madison County), Alabama, the sixth of seven children to Mr. Robert T. Wade and the late Mrs. Ella J. Collier Wade.
After moving to Tuscaloosa with her family at the age of three, she was educated in the Tuscaloosa public school system. A 1968 graduate of Druid High School, Mrs. Odom furthered her education at Stillman College, receiving a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration in 1972. While at Stillman, she met and married her husband of 42 years, the late Councilor Burrell G. Odom of Mobile, Alabama. Together they had four children and seven grandchildren.
Mrs. Odom retired from Gulf States Paper Corporation, now known as the Westervelt Company, after 33 years of service. She is an active member of the Weeping Mary Missionary Baptist Church, the Stillman College Alumni Association and the Metro-Tuscaloosa Optimist Club.