Longtime Alabama Dealer Dies

By Staff Writer May 26, 2020

Longtime Alabama auto dealer Lester Earl OdenΒ  died on April 2 after a long battle with cancer. He was 73.

Oden was the founder and president of MTO Motor Leasing (MTO Motors) in Birmingham, Ala., for the last 35 years.

Oden had a passion for drag racing and raced for many years. He was an accomplished driver in the modified production classes in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

Oden founded and owned many businesses through the years such as United Waste Control, Wee Finance Auto Sales, Oden and Son Custom Cars, Better Business Builders, MTO Motor Leasing Inc., Buyers Financial Service, Southern Boat Sales, Energy Efficient Lighting, APS Auto Parts and Salvage, 70th Street Cafe, Oxford Auto Auction and LTO Investment Corp.

He was preceded in death by his parents Ray Oden Sr. and Perlie May Kirk.Β  He is survived by longtime companion Linda Lampkin, his son Todd Oden (Gina Oden), grandson Michael Oden and brother Owen Ray Oden.

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