Greenbrier parade taps grand marshal

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The 18th Annual Greenbrier Christmas Parade “Christmas Through the Years” and 7th Annual Chili Cook-Off will be Thursday, Dec. 5. The Grand Marshal Doug “Tiger” Odom, U.S. Army Special Operations Command Retired, will lead off riding in a restored 1942 M.B. flat grill Willis Jeep loaned by Joe Allison, a member of the Arkansas Military Vehicle Preservation Association. Archibald Douglass Odom was inducted into the Arkansas Military Veterans’ Hall of Fame on Friday, Nov. 1, one of two soldiers from Arkansas.

Odom spent 28 years with the Army rising to the rank of Major before leaving Vietnam a wounded man. He has been an Airborne Instructor and Ranger Instructor. His final two years were at the Pentagon as a company Commander in the 75th Ranger Regiment before retiring in 1992. One of his proudest accomplishments is State Captain of the Patriot Guard Riders from 2011-13, a group of bikers who stand for our fallen at military funerals.

Bring cooked chili to the Greenbrier Church of Christ across from Greenbrier City Hall. Judging for the Chili Cook-Off will be from 3:45-4:45 p.m. Chili tasting will be from 5:15-6:30 p.m. and after the parade. Santa will see children after the parade in City Hall.

The parade begins at 6:30 p.m. from Eastside Elementary School. This year the route will be slightly shorter as they turn right from Eastside and wind through Babbling Brook Drive to Rolling Brook Drive, then to Wilson Farm Road and around City Hall and the City Event Center.

Entry forms for floats, cars, tractors, horse and buggy, motorcycles, band, horse and riders and Chili Cook-Off are in the Greenbrier High School office for pick up. Return completed forms to Anita Murray at the Integrity Insurance Group of Greenbrier, 8 Wilson Farm Road or PO Box 657, Greenbrier Crown Plaza Center. Email anita@intergrityinsureancear.com or call 501-581-0000.

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