Odies H. Wake was a veteran of the United States Armed Forces 89th Division. He served in the Korean War.
Wake died May 1, 2012, at Retreat Doctors Hospital in Richmond, Va. He was 81.
He was born to the late Irvin and Susie Wyatt Wake on Dec. 7, 1930, but was raised by his aunt and uncle, Theresa and Robert Harris. He was educated at St. Clare Walker High School in Virginia.
Wake retired as a transportation supervisor for SEPTA in Philadelphia after many faithful years of service. He was also a bus driver for Petersburg Public Schools for more than four years. He was an avid bowler, fisherman and hunter. Wake was a member of the First Baptist Church in Petersburg, Va.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Beatrice Muse Wake; sisters, Thelma Lee and Virginia Robinson; and brothers, Charles Wake and Nathan Harris.
He is survived by his wife, Ruth Travis-Wake; sons, Kenneth Wake of Philadelphia, Kevin Wake of Atlanta, Ga. and Keith Wake of Philadelphia; daughter, Katherine Wake Harley (William) of Newark, Del.; step-daughter, Dawn Howard (Reginald) of San Antonio, Texas; sisters, Hazel Smith (James) of Philadelphia, Gladys Burrell (Thomas) of Vineland, N.J., and Lillian Jarvis (William) of Baltimore, Md.; six grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and other relatives and friends.
Services were held on May 5 at First Baptist Church in Petersburg, Va. Burial was in Blandford Cemetery, Petersburg, Va.
Bland Enterprises, Inc. handled the arrangements.