Odee Roberts Kemp, 104, passed away peacefully at her daughter’s home on Tuesday, October 27, 2020. Odee was born to Gordie Belle Roberts (nee Wood) and A.S. Roberts on April 7, 1916 in Washita County, Oklahoma.
Odee’s family moved to the Garza County area when she was a young child. She later graduated from Post High School in 1933 and married Keith Hemp on April 12, 1937. Odee always said Keith was the “most handsome man” she’d ever seen. Together, they built their loving home in Post, Texas.
Odee’s greatest pride and joy in life was her family. She is survived in death by her children, Johnny Kemp (Nancy) of Post, Texas; Beth Cook (Joe) of Post, Texas;
and Dr. Jim Kemp of Post, Texas; granddaughters, Becky Phifer of Fort Worth, Texas; Jana Arant (Rev. Scott
Arant) of Gainesville, Texas; Krista Warren of Dallas, Texas; Kembra Jones (Kirk) of Lamesa, Texas; Katie
Magby (Blake) of Austin, Texas; and Kelsey Kemp (Dr. Mathew Bruehl) of Raleigh, North Carolina. Other
survivors include her ten great-grandchildren: Courtney, Grant (Abby), Hunter, Rachel, Gage, Rayme, Ben,
Klyde, Garon and Gray. She is also survived by four nieces, two nephews and many extended family members.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her beloved husband Keith of 63 years and six siblings.
To know Odee was to love her. She was a fixture of her church community at First Baptist Church and rejoiced
in knowing the Lord. She was an avid gardener, gifted cook and talented seamstress.
She loved the Ragtown Gospel Theater and music. She said her secrets to longevity were simple: eat jalapeno
peppers daily and “just keep breathing.”
For the past six years, Odee called the Post Nursing and Rehabilitation Center her home, and the family would
like to thank the nurses and caretakers for their dedicated care.
Services for Odee tookplace at 11 a.m. on Saturday, October 31, 2020, at the First Baptist Church of Post. The
Rev. Scott Arant, the Rev. Steve McMeans and the Rev. Keith Garner officiated the service. Chip Polk provided
music for the service.
If you wish to make a donation in Odee’s honor, the family has suggested donations to the First Baptist Church of Post, 402 West Main Street, Post, Texas 79356, the Ragtown Gospel Theater, P.O. Box 222, Post, Texas 79356, or Hospice of Lubbock, P.O. Box 16800, Lubbock, Texas 79490.
The service was livestreamed on Facebook at First Baptist Church of Post, Texas.