Odell Maxwell

Odell "Bluesman" Maxwell, 69, of Orlando, entered the sunset of life Thursday, July 5, 2018, in Orlando.

A native of Perry, he was the son of Gus and Catherine (Smith) Maxwell and was born Saturday, April 16, 1949.

He was educated in the Gadsden County (Quincy) School District. Odell was a proficient cement finisher for several contractors in the Central Florida (Sanford/Orlando) area. He was an entrepreneur and vendor marketing his goods in numerous flea markets. He was a composer, guitarist and recording artist specializing in the blues and known as “King of the Florida Blues.” His main hits included “Florida Boy,” “Flea Market Blues” and “Gus’ Candy Shop” (dedicated to the memory of his father). Odell was a very kind, courteous gentleman who was very fond of antiques.

In addition to his parents, Odell was preceded in eternal rest by his sisters, Cora Mae Otto and Essie Mae Maxwell Joseph, and brothers, Gus Maxwell Jr., Floyd Maxwell and Johnnie Lee Maxwell (transitioned June 19, 2018).

He leaves to cherish his memories, sisters, Willie Mae Roberts, Shirley Allen, Ammie Maxwell, Katrenda (James) Oxendine of Palatka, Lestine Maxwell of Deland and Janice (Alex) Chance of Jacksonville, and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Visitation is 5-8 p.m. Friday, July 13 and celebration of Odell’s life will be 10 a.m. Saturday, July 14 at Flagg Chapel of Serenity. The Rev. Karl N. Flagg, senior pastor of Mt. Tabor First Baptist Church, is officiating. Interment will be in Oak Hill East Cemetery. Maxwell Family Condolences may be sent to www.flaggserenitychapel.com.

Arrangements entrusted to the care of Karl N. Flagg Serenity Memorial Chapel, 2400 Madison St. in Palatka.