OBITUARY

Jack Allen Redd

August 14, 1943July 3, 2018
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Jack Allen Redd, age 74, passed away on Tuesday, July 3, 2018 surrounded by a host of people he loved. He was born in Selma, Alabama, raised together with four brothers, and his baby sister, on beloved Union Street.

The fourth child and the first with brown eyes, Jack often joked of having to walk home from the hospital when he was born. He was a star athlete in high school, and his jersey number 44 would follow him throughout his life and be celebrated by those who loved him.

As a young man, Jack joined the National Guard. He regaled us with tales about his time in service. While studying drafting at Falls College in Atlanta in 1965, Jack began dating the girl who would become the love of his life. Their love was a marriage for the ages, having just celebrated 50 years together this year. The couple of two soon became a family of four, with two daughters.

Jack worked most of his career as a senior designer in Dothan and Birmingham for the Southern Company. He enjoyed his work and took pride in arriving early. On the weekends, he took his family on numerous trips in their pop-up camper and began a decades long love affair with camping in Elkmont Campground in the Smokies every Fall. A skilled backpacker, hiker, and outdoorsman, he felt most at home in the woods. He taught RA’s with his best friend Tommy; the two of them were also avid cyclists and rode together most mornings until recently, prevented by illness.

Jack was loved by everyone in his life, but he gave back even more love. His six grandchildren saw him as a superhero, Pa Pa, who could start a fire from wet wood, who would swing them around, who would hold them in warmth until they fell asleep.

Jack came from a big, loving family, and spent his life loving and teaching this love to his children and grandchildren. He was Jackie to his mother, Sweetpea to his wife, Daddy to his daughters, Uncle Jack to his nieces and nephews, and Pa Pa to his grandchildren. His youngest grandchild is saying, “I want Pa Pa to sit with me, to keep me warm.”

We are all brokenhearted, consoled only because we know he’s now in the arms of Jesus.

Jack was predeceased by his parents, James Cecil and Evelyn Redd, and his brother Robert Redd.

Survivors include Jack’s wife, Nancy Mott Redd; two daughters, Amy Redd Bell (David) and Laurie Redd Shows (Stephen); six grandchildren, Jackson Shows, Luke Shows, Elliotte Bell, Elizabeth Shows, Harper Bell, and Brooks Bell; three brothers, Cecil Redd, Tom Redd, and Bernie Redd; one sister, Wanda Redd Mount; and dozens of nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Friends and family will be received at Ridout's Southern Heritage Funeral Home in Pelham, Alabama on Saturday, July 7, 2018 from 6-8 p.m. Rev. Johnny Mount, a Redd family member, and Rev. Bill Wortman will officiate at the funeral service together at 2 p.m. on Sunday, July 8, 2018 at Ridout's Southern Heritage Chapel, Pelham. Burial will be at Southern Heritage Cemetery, Pelham.

Services

  • Visitation Saturday, July 7, 2018
  • A Celebration of Mr. Redd's Life Sunday, July 8, 2018
REMEMBERING

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Julian Dunklin

July 9, 2018

Jack was my boss at Southern Company Services. He seemed like an OK guy but it takes awhile to really tell what kind of a person he really was. I worked for several different bosses but Jack was special. He was boss but he was special. Always pleasant. Always a good sense of humor. He and Tommy would pass by the street I live on and yell " Hey, Julian". Jack and his white-bearded cohort were riding on their bicycles. Too bad I did not live next door to him. He was a terrific guy.
I hope his family get to read this.

Bruce Osborn

July 7, 2018

I owe much of my love for the great outdoors to Jack. Through his love for God's creation, his skill at navigating the backcountry, and his desire to share that passion with others, I learned to love exploring new trails and campsites. Jack's love for his family was always an inspiration to me. He loved his Savior, Nancy, his girls, and his whole family with all his heart, and it showed in every expression, word, and action. He taught me to enjoy the simplicity of life, love those who God gave to me, and make a difference in the world by serving others. An easy-going man with a heart the size of Texas. Jack, you will be missed, but you left this world a great legacy.

Dave Alexander

July 7, 2018

I met Jack when my wife Holly and I moved to Savoy street in 2014. He was such a kind man who was obviously a gentleman. He enjoyed talking about his career and family and I will miss seeing him walk Puppy everyday. I feel fortunate to have known him.

Kristin Mathis

July 6, 2018

"Mr. Jack" and Mrs. Nancy have been our neighbors since we moved to Bluff Park, 15 years ago. I never worried about our house or our street because I knew Jack was always looking out for us. He loved us like his kids and loved our children like his own grandchildren. I'll miss seeing him walk Puppy around the block 3 times a day.

Bob Morrow

July 6, 2018

Good,kind and gentle man. He will be missed. Hawkeye

Johnny Baker

July 5, 2018

My best friend from 1950 when we met at Byrd School. Our military numbers were one apart. I will miss our talks. He promised to see me on the other side!

Cynthia Park

July 5, 2018

Jack Redd was our daughter in law Laurie’s father and just about the dearest and kindest man we have ever known. My favorite thing about him was that he shared a love for Ann of Green Gables with his daughter, and who does that but an amazing man? His daughters, wife, and wonderful grandchildren are the bearers of his legacy of love for the Lord and for life. Rest In Peace, dear man. Cynthia and Jack Park

BILL Greene

July 5, 2018

Friends with the Redd family 61 yrs. Always enjoyed my visits with them. A great family & will miss my talks with JACK , we always talked about Nuclear Power. Jack will never be forgotten. Prayers for the Redd family.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY

Biography

Jack Allen Redd, age 74, passed away on Tuesday, July 3, 2018 surrounded by a host of people he loved. He was born in Selma, Alabama, raised together with four brothers, and his baby sister, on beloved Union Street.

The fourth child and the first with brown eyes, Jack often joked of having to walk home from the hospital when he was born. He was a star athlete in high school, and his jersey number 44 would follow him throughout his life and be celebrated by those who loved him.

As a young man, Jack joined the National Guard. He regaled us with tales about his time in service. While studying drafting at Falls College in Atlanta in 1965, Jack began dating the girl who would become the love of his life. Their love was a marriage for the ages, having just celebrated 50 years together this year.

The couple soon became a family of four, with two daughters. Jack worked most of his career as a senior designer in Dothan and Birmingham for the Southern Company. He enjoyed his work and took pride in arriving early. On the weekends, he took his family on numerous trips in their pop-up camper and began a decades long love affair with camping in Elkmont Campground in the Smokies every Fall. A skilled backpacker, hiker, and outdoorsman, he felt most at home in the woods. He taught RA’s with his best friend Tommy; the two of them were also avid cyclists and rode together most mornings until recently, prevented by illness.

Jack was loved by everyone in his life, but he gave back even more love. His six grandchildren saw him as a superhero, Pa Pa, who could start a fire from wet wood, who would swing them around, who would hold them in warmth until they fell asleep. Jack came from a big, loving family, and spent his life loving and teaching this love to his children and grandchildren. He was Jackie to his mother, Sweetpea to his wife, Daddy to his daughters, Uncle Jack to his nieces and nephews, and Pa Pa to his grandchildren. His youngest grandchild is saying, “I want Pa Pa to sit with me, to keep me warm.”

We are all brokenhearted, consoled only because we know he’s now in the arms of Jesus.

Jack was pre-deceased by his parents, James Cecil and Evelyn Redd, and his brother Robert Redd. Survivors include Jack’s wife, Nancy Mott Redd; two daughters, Amy Redd Bell (David) and Laurie Redd Shows (Stephen); six grandchildren, Jackson Shows, Luke Shows, Elliotte Bell, Elizabeth Shows, Harper Bell, and Brooks Bell; three brothers, Cecil Redd, Tom Redd, and Bernie Redd; one sister, Wanda Redd Mount; and dozens of nieces, nephews, and cousins.