Elbert "Odell" Cupples was received by Christ on Friday, Oct. 18, 2013 at 86, following a lengthy illness in Hot Springs.
Elbert "Odell" Cupples was received by Christ on Friday, Oct. 18, 2013 at 86, following a lengthy illness in Hot Springs. He was born Oct. 18, 1927, to Otis and Alberta Smith Cupples. He was married to his high school sweetheart, Alma Guthrie Cupples on Feb. 7, 1948. His parents, his wife and a brother, Clyde Cupples, preceded him in death. He leaves his sister, Christine Bartlett and husband, Herbert of Marvell; his children, Karan Cox and husband, Wally of Hot Springs Village, DeWayne Cupples and wife, Lisa of Madison, Miss.; granddaughters, Kris Green and husband, Thomy of Malvern, Katy Hardman and husband, Clint of Bryant; grandsons, Kyle and Sam Cupples; and great-granddaughters, Ellie and Amelia Kate Green. Odell served his country in the Korean conflict as a sergeant in the Marine Corps. Before leaving Camp Pendleton for Korea, he received training in assault tactics related to atomic warfare after witnessing an atomic explosion located at the Atomic Energy Commission Proving Grounds in Camp Desert Rock, Nev. Following his service, he was employed by Mohawk Rubber Co. after which he became an independent distributer for Borden's Milk. He and his wife owned and operated the local Montgomery Ward Catalog store. After retirement he worked for Roller-Citizens Funeral Home. He was a member and deacon of Fourth Street Baptist Church. His hobbies included fishing, woodworking and cooking. He was adored by his family who he taught how to love and laugh. He leaves behind many other family members and friends. Visitation will be 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26 in the Roller-Citizens Funeral Home chapel. A graveside memorial service will be held at Sunset Memorial Park immediately following the visitation. Rev. Thomy Green will officiate. Memorials may be sent to: Arkansas Hospice Foundation, 14 Parkstone Circle, North Little Rock, AR 72116. Roller-Citizens Funeral Home, Helena-West Helena, will direct services. Relatives and friends may sign the online guest book at www.rollerfuneralhomes.com.