James Odell Hart

Born: Tue., May 15, 1928
Died: Tue., Jan. 8, 2019


11:00 AM to 1:00 PM, Sat., Jan. 19, 2019
Location: Lantz Funeral Home Inc.

Funeral Service

1:00 PM Sat., Jan. 19, 2019
Location: Lantz Funeral Home Inc.

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James Odell Hart quietly passed away early Tuesday morning, January 8, 2019, in his home in Penncraft, Pennsylvania. He was born in York Run, Pennsylvania, on May 15, 1928, to his parents John Richard and Pearley De Hart.  He was one of ten children; and his family and many friends called him by his middle name, Odell. Odell graduated from Georges High School and afterwards, he  joined the United States Air Force and served for 20 years and retired as a Sergeant in 1972. During his service, he traveled to Thailand, Korea, Japan, Tripoli North Africa, and Hawaii. 


After retirement, Odell and his family moved to Laurel, Maryland and a few months later, they moved to Pennsylvania. In 1975, James Odell then moved to Washington, D.C. and while there, he became a member of Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church and sang in the choir with the Inspirational Singers, led by his brother John (JW) Hart. 


James Odell was also employed with the Smithsonian Institute as a Special Police Officer; and during his tenure in 1982, he received several certificates for outstanding service. 


In late 1980’s James Odell moved his membership to First Baptist Church of District Heights, Maryland. He served as a Vacation Bible School teacher, Computer Literacy Programmer, an Ordained Deacon; and in December 1993, he accepted his call as a Minister of the Gospel. One of his favorite song versus was “Give me a clean heart so I may serve thee, Lord, fix my heart – so that I – may be used by Thee. For I’m not worthy – of all these blessings, Give me a clean heart, and I’ll follow Thee.”


James Odell was diagnosed with MS in early 2000. He moved to the Soldiers Home in Washington, D.C. His illness did not stop him from helping and encouraging others. He played the piano, sang, and performed volunteer work, despite his own condition. After his car was updated with special equipment, Odell would drive from Washington, D.C. to attend the Hart Family Reunion and to visit family members often. 


In 2011, due to declining health, James Odell moved back to Pennsylvania. He lived with his daughter in Penncraft. For the last 8 years, his daughter Yvette, has given loving, supportive, exceptional care to her father.


James Odell was preceded in death by : Pauline Hart, Sadie E. Satterwhite Hart, Mary Etta Gary Hart Peterson; his son, Richard “Richie” Hart; his parents; 9 siblings: Justine Ramsey McClelland, Charles Hart, Sr., Susan Corrine Hart Tracy, Pearl Donovan Hart Tracy, John Walter Hart, Robert Donald Hart, Janet Dolores Hart Washington, Royal Dean Hart, Sr., and an adopted brother, Edward Napper.


He leaves to cherish his memory: his loving daughter, Dorothy Yvette Hart Murray; grandsons: Tommy Hart, Justin L. Hart, and William R. Murray; 9 great-grandchildren; brother, Byrtron Lee Hart; brother-in-law, Robert Washington; sister-in-law, Rose “T” Hart; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and many friends.

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Pamela Hart Vines
   Posted Thu January 17, 2019
My beloved Uncle Odell was one of the best men I've ever known. He had the kindest and most generous heart. I will miss you terribly. But I take comfort in knowing that you're walking around Heaven all day, delighting everyone with your stories, your charm, and beautiful spirit. Please give my love to my grandparents and all my aunts, uncles, and cousins. Much love, your niece, Pamela

Beverly Gray
   Posted Fri January 18, 2019
We offer our condolence to your family, our Uncle James Odell Hart.
At such a time as this, my family (Beverly, Darnell, Imani and Grandson Avery) would like to extend our heartfelt sympathy to you and your family in the passing of your dad, granddad and our beloved Uncle Odell.
We realize that words may seem empty as you are grieving at this time of loss. However, we believe it is important that you know your family is praying that God will surround you with His loving arms, and that His peace will be your strength. We know, trust and believe that our Lord is your wonderful source of comfort and strength.
2 Corinthians 1:3-5 tells us:
“God is the Father who is full of mercy and all comfort. He comforts us every time we have trouble. So when others are in need of comfort, we can comfort them with the same comfort God gives us. We share in the many sufferings of Christ. In the same way, much comfort comes to us through Christ.”
Please accept our sincere condolences. May the love and mercy of our Lord be bestowed upon you and your family during this difficult time
With heartfelt condolences,
Reverend Beverly Gray and family

Etta (Birdie) Wilson
   Posted Tue January 22, 2019
My deepest condolences to your family.

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