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Variant names were "Odessa" and "Xerxes". A post office called Odessadale was established in 1891, and remained in operation until 1953. The present name is after Odessa Jane Thompson, the daughter of a pioneer citizen.
- U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Odessadale
- "Post Offices". Jim Forte Postal History. Retrieved 30 March 2019.
- Krakow, Kenneth K. (1975). Georgia Place-Names: Their History and Origins (PDF). Macon, GA: Winship Press. p. 164. ISBN 0-915430-00-2.
- Acts Passed by the General Assembly of Georgia. J. Johnston. 1905. p. 1025.
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