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James Earl Redden

March 26, 1951July 2, 2019
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James Earl Redden, 68, of the Cool Ridge and Ghent area passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, July 2, 2019 in Charleston. Born on March 26, 1951 in Laurel Creek, WV, he was the son of the late Melvin Lovell Redden and Rema Flint Redden. James was a member for over 30 years of Cool Ridge Free Will Baptist. He was a veteran of the United States Marine Corps having served during the Vietnam War. Following his service to our country, he started his career with Martina Tile. James then furthered his career by working at Sterling Smokeless at Whitby, WV, Slab Fork Coal and at Beckley Coal. He is preceded in death by his parents, Melvin Lovell and Rema Flint Redden; and sister, Tammy Canterbury. He is survived by his wife of 14 years, Terri McNeely Redden; daughter, Tina Redden Nixon and husband, David; son, Matthew McNeely and wife, Ashley; granddaughter, Sydni Nixon; sisters, Shelva Lambert, Mary Redden and husband, Roger, Bobbie Outlaw and husband, Ron, Jackie Lester and husband, Allen, Robin Acord and husband, Lendy, Kathy Redden, and Patty Whiteneck and husband, Dwight; brothers, Samuel Redden and wife, Connie, and Johnny Redden and wife, Claire; sisters-in-law, Vicki Keaton and husband, Larry, and Debbie Arthur and husband, Steve; brothers-in-law, Rick Runyon and wife, Jenny, and Jeff Runyon; his “fur babies”, Ginger, Boe and Kody; and his Church Family and a host of nieces and nephews whom he loved. The family will receive friends from 12:00-2:00 pm, Sunday, July 7, 2019 at Blue Ridge Funeral Home. Funeral Services will follow at 2:00 pm in the Chapel of Blue Ridge Funeral Home with Reverend Danny Gilfilen officiating and special music by Grace Parks. Burial with Military Honors will be held in the Peace Garden of Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice to help those in need or to the Homeless Veterans Organization, www.woundedwarriorproject.org/veterans/organization, PO Box 758516 Topeka, KS 66675-8516. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.blueridgefuneralhome.com.

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New Life UMC

July 6, 2019

Dear Terri, Matt & Ashley and Family,

Our deep condolences on the loss of James. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

New Life UMC
Midlothian, VA

Carol Bennett

July 6, 2019

Terri I was so sorry to hear about your husbands passing. I have been praying that God will put his arms around you and give you that peace and comfort. Hold on to God and he will carry you through this tough time. Praying

Lynn Halstead

July 5, 2019

James was a friendly & welcoming gentleman. It was a honor to know him.

Butch Adkins

July 5, 2019

James was an awesome uncle !!! He took me and many of my cousins hunting & fishing all throughout my childhood. I'm a combat veteran just like James. He was the only person in my family that knew what I was going through when I came home from Iraq !!! He taught me how to deal with all the troubled thoughts I was dealing with. His teachings saved my life !!! I love this man beyond measure. I do know for sure that I will meet with him in heaven one day soon !!!

Bobbie Outlaw

July 4, 2019

My beautiful sister Robin with our handsome Brother James that we miss terribly

Amber Redden

July 4, 2019

My favorite memories of Uncle James were of him and Mom, Mary, "discussing" the Bible. Neither one of them could EVER agree! Oh how I loved listening to both of their sides to a Bible Verse. Uncle James and Mom have always been opinionated and not afraid to share what they believe! I love you Uncle James and will forever remember those loving visits.

Mendy Lester

July 4, 2019

Uncle James was one of the kindest most gentle and giving person you would ever meet. He could make anyone smile when he was present. You will be sadly missed by so many people especially your family. I love you so much and will see you again one day😢❤️

Judy Bolen

July 4, 2019

Terri, I was shocked to hear of your husband's untimely death. I can't tell you how sorry I am for your loss. Life seems very unfair at times and this seems to be one of those times, but hopefully one day we will be able to understand why things happen such as this. You are in my thoughts and prayers for peace and I know God will provide that peace for you. Lean on the One who loves you most in the days ahead. 🌹

Faith Charlden

July 4, 2019

One of my favorite memories of uncles James, we had a really bad winter. And we were staying with my grandmother. And we went about our day as usual. And then there was a random knock at the door and it was uncle James. He came in with tons of gifts for us kids. We all got huge hugs. And I even got to sit on his lap for a little while which made my entire day. Every year we looked forward to seeing uncle James. Almost every year he bought us some pajamas. And we would wait till Christmas eve to open them so we could wake up in brand new pjs to See what Santa claus had brought us. My family always laughed because we got excited about pjs. But we loved it and uncle James. But the most memorable thing that he has done for me, he always treated me like I was his own. He never treated me any different than any of my other siblings. And it really made me feel accepted and loved. I love and miss him so much

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