Robert J. ‘R.J.’ Redd

Published 6:00 am Friday, January 8, 2010

Services for Robert J. “R.J.” Redd, of Bogue Chitto, are 2 p.m.Saturday, Jan. 9, at Johnson Grove Church of Christ with burial inthe Johnson Grove Cemetery. Harrigill Funeral Home in Brookhaven isin charge of arrangements.

Visitation is Friday from 3:30 until 9 p.m. at the church.

Mr. Redd, 91, died Jan. 6, 2010, at his residence. He was bornin Lincoln County on Feb. 20, 1919, to William M. Redd Sr. andAnnie E. Price Redd.

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He was a self-employed painter and paperhanger contractor. Hewas a member of Johnson Grove Church of Christ. R.J. became aChristian in his early teens and was a faithful member of theChurch of Christ all his life. He served as an elder at JohnsonGrove Church of Christ for many years. He loved the children andyoung people of the church and was instrumental in promoting manyactivities for them. He was especially proud of the youth rallythat was held each summer.

He was active in the Tuesday morning Bible study and wasresponsible for sending get-well cards, sympathy cards and birthdayand anniversary cards to all the church members and others in thecommunity. He prepared the Wednesday night meals for thecongregation for many years, even passed his 91st birthday, and healso cooked the breakfast for the men of the church on the firstSunday of each month.

He enjoyed singing and led singing for the church for a numberof years. He was a member of the Tuesday night singers and kept anumber of singers on call when the “R.J. Redd Singers” wererequested to sing at funerals. He planted and tended a rose gardenat the church building. He served as a poll worker for elections atthe Johnson Grove polling place for more than 30 years. He alsohosted community watch meetings and neighborhood fish fries atJohnson Grove. He was once of Lincoln County’s “Unsung Heroes” in2005.

R.J. loved his Savior, his church and his family with all hisheart. He also had a love for all people and desired to minister totheir needs. He will be truly missed.

Preceding him in death were his parents; his wife, Dorothy SaxonRedd; and his sisters, Bobbie Johnson and Pauline King.

Survivors are his sons, Wendell R. Redd and wife, Judine, ofBogue Chitto, and Anthony L. Redd and wife, Brenda, of Zachary,La.; his daughters, Linda R. Wallace and husband, Valmond, ofZachary, and Diane R. Dunaway and husband, Larry, of Columbia; abrother, W.M. Redd Jr. and wife, Karen, of Bogue Chitto; a sister,Opal R. Blaise and husband, Robert Earl, of Brookhaven; his 12grandchildren; and his 19 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers are Dlayne Moak, Todd Hall, Andrew Redd, Byron Redd,Daniel Redd and Roger D. King.

Honorary pallbearers are Blaine Moak, Johnathon Wallace, TimDunaway, Todd Dunaway, Wayne Redd and DeJon Redd.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Johnson GroveYouth Group or the Johnson Grove Building Fund.