Odis E. Horsley, Jr.
July 23, 1956 ‒ November 13, 2017
“Taking the time to build community, to get to know your people will have long-lasting benefits.” Clifton Taulbert
Lovingly referred to as “Mr. Big Walnut”, Odis Horsley was the spirit and embodiment of the Sunbury community and he will be missed by all who had the fortune of getting to know him.
Odis E. Horsley, Jr., age 61 of Sunbury died unexpectedly early Monday morning, November 13, 2017 at his home.
He was born on July 23, 1956 in Columbus, Ohio the son of the late Odis E. Sr. and Marjorie M. (Conkle) Horsley.
Odis was a 1974 graduate of Big Walnut High School and his continued devotion to his school and community led him to over 29 years of service as the Administrator of Maintenance and Grounds. His responsibilities included tasks across the district, but there was nothing nearer to his heart than the football field. He loved painting the lines on Friday nights and mowing the grass. In fact, you could say a small piece of his heart broke when he was forced to file for disability and was no longer allowed to mow his field.
His contributions to the football program extended beyond his work on the field. He never missed a game and drove the equipment truck to all away games. He was named honorary Homecoming Coach too many times to count.
His commitment to Sunbury also led to directly impacting its’ youth, coaching little league softball and youth football. He touched the lives of many kids over the years.
On June 12, 1992, he Married Diana Billingsley at the old Sunbury United Methodist Church on Columbus Street. Often referred to as, “Odis’ wife”, she was always by his side at various school functions and at church at Genoa Baptist. He loved his family, especially his girls, his stepson John, and his grandboys.
When Odis wasn’t focused on Big Walnut or his family, he enjoyed fishing at Alum Creek and OSU football.
He will be missed by his wife Diana; his girls Jennifer Valentine and her husband John of Clintonville, Jean Horsley of Sunbury, Brenda Horsley of Columbus, and Tina Conkle of Mount Vernon; step-son John Bowsher of Westerville; 8 grandchildren Scottie, Christopher, Brady, Abbey, Alex, Connor, Mikey, and Tate; brother Dwayne and his wife Rochelle of Delaware; and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his sister Ann Campbell.
Friends may call on the family on Friday, November 17, 2017 from 4-8 PM and an hour before the service on Saturday all at the Genoa Baptist Church, 7562 Lewis Center Rd, Westerville, OH 43082. Funeral services will be held there on Saturday at 10 AM. Following the service we will leave the church in procession, do a “Victory Lap” around the square and head to the high school where a brief committal service will be performed on the 50 yard line of the football field. Private inurnment will take place at Sunbury Memorial Park at a later date.
We’re hoping for a “Red Out” on the day of the service at the church. Please wear your favorite RED Big Walnut gear.
The family asks that rather than send flowers, please make contributions to the funeral home to assist with funeral expenses. Envelopes will be available at the church or contributions can be mailed to the funeral home at 637 North State Route 61, Sunbury, Ohio 43074.
The DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home of Sunbury is honored to serve Mr. Horsley’s family. Special memories and condolences can be shared with them at www.snyderfuneralhomes.com