Mr. James Keith Redding

January 16, 1941April 4, 2021

COLUMBIA James “Jim” Keith Redding was born in Portsmouth, Ohio on January 16, 1941 to Ken and Doris Redding. He had two brothers, David and John, and two sisters, Jolinda and Jan Elise. In June of 1967, he married Janice Marie Rider of Minford, Ohio. They had two sons, Scott, who resides in San Diego, Calif., and Timothy, living in Washington, D.C., with his wife, Diala and sons, Miles and Ayman. After a three-year stint in the U.S. Army beginning in 1959, he reentered the U.S. Army in 1967. He was deployed to the Vietnam War in January 1968, and was awarded the Silver Star, five Bronze Stars, two for valor, a Purple Heart, Combat Infantryman Badge and later, the Legion of Merit. In August 1991, Redding retired as a lieutenant colonel (LTC) from the U.S. Army at Fort Jackson, S.C. In October 1997, LTC Redding was appointed as magistrate for NE Richland County, S.C., where he served until he retired in March 2005. Throughout his service to the state of South Carolina, he was presented with numerous awards. Most notably, in 1985, he was awarded the Order of the Palmetto from then-Governor Richard W. Riley. In 2005, one of his uniforms from the Vietnam War was placed on permanent display in the Smithsonian Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. In May of 2010, he was inducted into the Ohio Military Hall of Fame for Valor in Columbus, Ohio. Preceding him in death were his first wife, Janice Rider in April 2009; his brothers, David and John; and his parents, Ken and Doris. In September 2011, he was blessed to marry Cindy Jackson of Columbia, who had two wonderful daughters, Lindsay Radford and Lauren Cazzupe. Jim was a member of Palmetto Church of Christ in Columbia and will be buried in Memorial Burial Park in Wheelersburg, Ohio. He lived as he died, courageously and peacefully at the age of 80 on Sunday, April 4, 2021. Memories may be shared at


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Clair Turbeville

April 7, 2021

I remember Mr. Jim as a God centered man who loved his country, family and friends. Growing up with him and his family provides me with great memories and his example of a true friend. I will be forever grateful of how he helped my father in the last months of his life fighting cancer too. They had a special bond that only God loving brothers can have. Mr. Jim will be missed here on earth but leaves a great legacy through his boys, Scott and Tim, family and friends. May we all morn our loss and celebrate what God gifted him to create in his lifetime.

Terry Kelley

April 6, 2021

Jim was a personal mentor, good boss, and great friend. Our world will be a sadder place with him gone but his memory will live on in the hearts and thoughts of those who knew, respected and loved him. Rest In Peace, old friend.

With Highest Regards

The Kelley family

Frank Blazich

April 6, 2021

I had the great privilege to meet Lt Col Redding and share one of his stories from the Vietnam War with the world:

He will always be a national hero, a man who served his country and community with honor. Thank you, sir, for some of my best memories as a curator and for sharing your kindness and wisdom in numerous conversations. God bless you and your family.

Sincerely and Respectfully,

carl chase

April 6, 2021

Jim Redding a devout Christian. patriot, family man- a genuine renaissance man- Served his country in war in peace-two combat tours in Vietnam, a master parachutist with over 1000 paracute jumps, a Ranger who led the way.A real hero. His legacy two fine sons, Scott and Tim. I was blessed to work for and know Jim Redding. Thank you Jim.


April 5, 2021

My deepest condolences to the family. LTC Redding will surely be missed. He was an excellent leader and great person overall. It was an honor to work with him and call him a friend.

SFC (Ret.) Homer H. Eargle