In response to the passing of Senator William “Billy” O’Dell, Anderson County flags have been lowered to half staff. “It is with great sadness that we bid farewell to Senator O’Dell,” said County Council Chairman Tommy Dunn. “He was a true southern gentleman. He has meant so much to me as well as to Anderson County. He will be missed.”
Senator O’Dell, representing Abbeville, Anderson and Greenwood counties, was nominated by 2015 SCARC President and former Lt. Gov. Yancey McGill and the SCARC Awards Committee. The Citadel graduate was also SCARC Legislator of the Year in 2008.
O’Dell (born October 11, 1938 in Ware Shoals, South Carolina) was a businessman who has served as a Republican in the South Carolina Senate since 1989. He is the CEO of O’Dell Corporation, Inc.
O’Dell is the son of William B. and Sara Francis O’Dell and was born in Ware Shoals, South Carolina. O’Dell earned a bachelor’s degree from The Citadel in 1960. He and his wife Aedra Gail Tisdale are the parents of two children, William B. and Patricia Michelle O’Dell. Prior to being elected to the South Carolina State Senate, O’Dell served on the Greenwood County School District 51 board.
O’Dell was first elected to the South Carolina Senate in 1988. O’Dell is the chairman of the General committee. He also serves on the Banking and Insurance, Finance, Interstate Cooperation and Labor, Commerce and Industry committees.