Fortune Odend’hal, IV, M.D.


REEDVILLE—Fortune Odend’hal, IV, M.D. died on April 11, 2017.

He was predeceased by his parents, Fortune Odend’hal, III, and Francis Coffman Odend’hal; and his sister, Barbara Anne Odend’hal Miller.

He was born November 20, 1933, in Hagerstown, Md., graduated from Hagerstown High School in 1951, received a bachelor’s in biology from Franklin and Marshall College, Lancaster, Pa., in 1955 and a degree in medicine from University of Maryland Medical School in 1960.

He did a rotating internship at Akron City Hospital, Akron, Ohio, one year residency in internal medicine and entered general practice in the Akron area for five years at which time he was drafted in the U.S. Navy commissioned as lieutenant commander and served over two years with the U.S. Marines in Quantico.

During his military service, he was employed by Fairfax Hospital, Fairfax, as an emergency room physician. Upon his honorable discharge from the military, he became a full time member of the emergency room department and continued this service for 41 years. Also supplementing this practice, he opened a private general practice office in Manassas in 1966 which he continued for approximately 17 years.

He was a member of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 33 in Kilmarnock, and the Northern Neck Sail and Power Squadron.

He is survived by his wife, Bonnie Odend’hal; his children, Fortune V (Sandy), Forrest (Kristy), Francis (Keith), and Farrell; two step-sons, Frank I. Adkins, III and Scott Adkins (Martha); eight grandchildren; two stepgranddaughters and three great-grandchildren.

A memorial service was held Monday, April 17, at Light of Christ Anglican Church, Heathsville, followed by a celebration of Fortune’s life at Tommy’s Place restaurant in Reedville.

In lieu of flowers, think of God, America and family and give to that charity which is most meaningful to you at this time.   

The family would like to express its most sincere appreciation for Hospice of Virginia, Tappahannock, and The Visiting Angels for the care and love they gave to Fortune and his family through this difficult time. We thank you.

Currie Funeral Home, LLC, of Kilmarnock handled the arrangements.