Finally got OC7 5.0.1 LL rooted and deodexed running on my i537.
Successfully used ODIN 3.07 to go from MF3 4.2.2 to NE3 4.4.2 using the instructions in the Galaxy S4 Active Firmware/Guide Repository thread and then rooted with towelroot. I ran into problems when trying to go from NE3 to the OC6 and OC7 stock or otherwise. In the end I was able to go straight from NE3 to rooted and deodexed OC7.
I read every post in this thread. I tried many different ways, many different times and the only way I got it done was using the method detailed in post #681 by member sammnt! to setup for FlashFire (v.24 and manual date change) and then the basic steps of the OP and post #668 by member xddd00 and other posts between # 400 and #600 by members thisisapoorusernamechoice and Rick1684. There's a lot of information in the thread and those just a few of the ones that I distinctly remember.
I side loaded SuperSu 2.48 and FlashFire v.24 from their respective official websites and only connected to the internet to run towelroot. I did not ODIN the OC7 bootloader and did not select FlashFire to reboot into 'Download' instead leaving it on 'Normal'. It did take a bit and after so many failed flashes with it either hanging up at the AT&T splash screen forever or rebooting several times and then a bunch of "xxxx has stopped", etc. messages, I did get nervous the last time. I was patient and let it go and finally was greeted by the initial setup prompt for Lollipop.
I have not tested every aspect of the phone yet but so far so good. Wi-Fi is working fine and I can transfer files to and from via MTP and Bluetooth. Play Store, Titanium Backup and System App Remover are all working.
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