Preston Odell Creech

Preston Odell Creech

Preston Odell Creech, 88, beloved husband, father, granddaddy, friend and faithful man of God, peacefully went home to the arms of his Heavenly Father on Sunday, January 8, 2023. He was surrounded by his wife, children, and grandchildren. Odell was born on October 28, 1934 in Johnston County to the late Avon Odell and Linnie Godwin Creech. In addition to his parents, Odell was preceded in death by his sisters Evelyn Barnes and Edna Liles.

He is survived by his wife of 69 years, the love of his life, Dorothy Meacombs Creech. Children: Teresa Creech Overman (Stan), Sharon Creech Murray (Mike), Sherwood Preston Creech (Teresa); Grandchildren: Abby Overman Boykin (Jeffrey), Kelsey Murray Ballard (Cline), Baxter Overman (Hailey), Lesley Murray Keel (Jon), Taylor Creech Hales (Justin), Hunter Creech; Great-grandchildren Cora and Miller Boykin, and Baby Keel;  brother Charles W. Creech of Zebulon and sister Mary Ellen Foster (Jim) of Sanford, and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services will be held, Wednesday, January 11, 2023 at 10:00 am followed by visitation at Watkins Chapel Baptist Church, 5897 NC Hwy 231, Middlesex, NC and other times at the home.  A Graveside service will immediately follow service.

His great love and pride for his Family was known and felt by all that knew him. Odell loved with all his heart, first his Lord and Savior, his wife, children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, his church family and dear friends. He served our Country in the US Army with honor and loved the life he built with his wife and family as a full-time Farmer.  His presence will be missed by all. In the words of his grandson, the farm will never be the same.


  • Lisa Blackley Bailey Posted January 10, 2023 12:04 pm

    I’m so sorry to learn of your dad’s passing. From the short time we worked together years ago at the Auditor’s Office, I know how much family meant to you. Keeping you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Brenda T. Posted January 10, 2023 12:53 pm

    Praying for the family. My heart hurts with your heart dear Teresa and Stan.

  • Stephanie Edwards Swope Posted January 10, 2023 2:13 pm

    I am so sorry to hear of Mr. Odell’s passing. I pray that God will bless you and comfort you as you mourn his passing but rejoice in the joy of his salvation. It is wonderful to know that you will be reunited again one day soon.

  • Yetunde Bandele Posted January 10, 2023 2:26 pm

    Mrs Teresa, I pray the good Lord comforts you and your family at this time and give you peace. It is well.

  • Maude and Phil Creech Posted January 10, 2023 2:57 pm

    Dorothy and Family, we dearly love you, i grew up almost next door to you and then i later married Phil, Odell;s counsin . My mon love you both. Phil and I always looked up to you and Odell. You two were a wonderful loving God fearing couple. You raised you family to be God fearing. He will be missed by us all. We love you all. We pray that God will comfort your family because God gained another Angel.

  • Brenda & Jimmy Lewis Posted January 10, 2023 3:50 pm

    So sorry for your loss. Odell was a very kind & God-fearing man, very special & loved by many. Prayers & much love for all the family. Odell is in Heaven, for sure. May God give you all comfort. Love you all.

  • Billy & Earline Creech Posted January 10, 2023 5:50 pm

    We are so sorry to hear of Odell’s passing! We have many fond memories with him through the years growing up together. We have not been doing well and unfortunately will not be able to attend the service tomorrow, but please know our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this difficult time. Love, Billy & Earline Creech and Family

  • Cynthia Whitley Hudson Posted January 10, 2023 8:21 pm

    Sharon and precious family, so very sorry to hear about Mr. Odell. Lifting you all up in prayer. Love you.

  • Andrea Pacyna Posted January 11, 2023 9:49 am

    I am so sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing, Sherwood. I know how much he was loved by all of you. Hopefully, he’s stomping with all the cows in heaven. Lifting you up in sympathy and prayer at this time.

  • Shannon Scott Posted January 11, 2023 10:33 am

    Dorothy and family, I have known Odell since I was a young boy and now am considered to be a senior citizen. Odell and Dorothy have been wonderful role models for us. He, as well as his entire family, has always been a blessing to our families. We look forward to continuing this fellowship and friendship on the other side. Zelma Batten Scott & Shannon Scott

  • KARL AND DARLENE DAVIS Posted March 4, 2023 5:04 pm

    Our thoughts and prayers go up for the family of such a strong servant of our Lord and God. The abundance of Godly memories with the joy of knowing he has gone on to be with Jesus will continue to comfort you in this time of loss.
    With the love of Christ we are joined as one.

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