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ODELL CONTEE MACKALL

March 12, 1942 March 29, 2014
ODELL CONTEE MACKALL
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Odell C. Mackall, known as “Bigboy”, born in Calvert County, Maryland on March 12, 1942 to the late Contee and Marie Mackall departed this life on Saturday, March 29, 2014 at Calvert Memorial Hospital.

Odell, known to everyone as Bigboy – AKA”Shortylove”, was born and raised in Calvert County, Md. He received his education through the county school system and the ups and downs of life itself. Later, when he was old enough to venture out on his own, Bigboy moved to New York and stayed with his brother Penroe until he could support himself. He lived in New York the majority of his adult life. He was employed by Nick Cassell as a foreman and later worked for Andrew Penn Construction until he retired.

He met the main love of his life Juanita Lawler 48 years ago in New York. They moved to Calvert in 2008 and were married in September of 2010. Odell was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2010 and was given a clean bill of health in August 2011. After being healed from early stage of prostate cancer, he decided to make some positive changes in his life and did very well for almost a year; in which he rededicated his life to Christ. In November 2012 he had a terrible fall that left him disabled. With God’s grace and his determination, he refused to allow his disability to get him down. The doctors told him he may never use his hands or legs again, but with the help of his wonderful therapist, Les and his assigned nurses, Lori, and Jamila from HomeCall Inc. made it possible for him to feed himself and to use a walker to get around.

Bigboy was a man with a big heart who loved life and family. He was a man who would do anything for his family. He had no problem telling you how he felt but at the end of the day if you had a need and if he could help, he would do it. He would always say “I love my family” and his wife Nita would always say “everything is gonna work out just fine” whenever something wasn’t going right. While in New York, he always had his boys Norman Kyler, Isael Mackall, Elmo Mackall, Nova Chase, and his twin brother Bitty to back him up whenever he would come home to visit.

Odell loved children and had said recently he wished he could have spent more time with his daughters, but hoped they were aware of how much he loved them.

Bigboy and aunt Nita looked out for all his family members whenever they would come to New York. He had a special bond with his nephews Gary & Cordell, who lived with him for a while and Donald who visited them quite often. He made it a point to look after his youngest brother Sherman as well during his time in New York. He also has a special niece Marion, whom he took on the role of as a father to, especially after her father Penroe who was his brother passed.

The Greek meaning for Odell is song and he loved quartet gospel music. The English meaning for his name is wealthy and he shared the wealth of life the best he knew how. He even allowed his brother Kenny to think he was the boss over him.

He is going to be truly missed by everyone because of the love he showed to family and friends. As he would say; “what you don’t know! They call me Shortylove! Shoooot”

He was preceded in death by 1 son, Gerald, 2 brothers, Penroe & Rodell and 3 sisters, Genevieve, Loretta and Vernell. His life will always be cherished by those he leaves behind: his loving wife Juanita, His 3 daughters, Leslie Caine (Lance), Lena & Geraldine Norris (George); one dedicated son, Adam Frankfurt (Kasha); 4 grandchildren; 5 brothers, Charles, Wilson, Kenneth, Frederick and Sherman Mackall; 3 sisters Dorothy Wheatley, Minnie Stepney, Shirley Harris.; 4 sister in laws, Shirley Ware (John), Viola, Alice & Tammy Mackall. He leaves a host of nieces and nephews who love him to the bone, 3 special friends of Odell’s, Audrey Bishop, Daniel (Puddin) & Regina Butler.

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10:00 AM 4/4/2014 10:00:00 AM - 11:00 AM 4/4/2014 11:00:00 AM
Sewell Funeral Home

1451 Dares Beach Road
Prince Frederick, MD 20678

Sewell Funeral Home
1451 Dares Beach Road Prince Frederick 20678 MD
United States

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Friday

4

Apr

11:00 AM 4/4/2014 11:00:00 AM
Sewell Funeral Home

1451 Dares Beach Road
Prince Frederick, MD 20678

Sewell Funeral Home
1451 Dares Beach Road Prince Frederick 20678 MD
United States
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