James Claiborne Redding

Born on February 4, 1933

Departed on November 2, 2017

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James Claiborne Redding, Sr. age 84, of North Fort Myers, FL, was born Feb. 4, 1933 in Nashville, TN, and went home to be with the Lord on Nov. 2, 2017. He was the son of Herman and Fannie Redding.
He is survived by his wife, Geraldine (Geri) Doolittle Redding, by two sons, John (Pamela) of Franklin, TN and by Jeffrey (Karen) of Bon Aqua, TN, by two daughters , Janice (David) Harrison of Brighton, TN and Juliet (Kirk) Parker of Hoover, AL, by 11 grandchildren, two great grandsons, and by other relatives and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Marilyn Moore Redding and by their son James (Clay) Jr.
At the age of 9, James became a follower of Jesus Christ while attending Union Hill Baptist Church with his family. He was later called to be a minister and then ordained there as well.
He was a graduate of Belmont University in Nashville, and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary in LA. James spent more than 60 years in Christian ministry. He was pastor of churches in Columbia, Riverview Baptist Church, Memphis, Lamar Heights Baptist Church, and Clarksville, Gracey Avenue Baptist Church, and in Texas and Mississippi. Twenty-six years were spent in mission work; four years as Director of Missions in DeSoto County, MS, fifteen years as a missionary to Peru, and seven years with the North American Mission Board and the Tennessee Baptist Convention in language missions and Interfaith Witness.
Visitation will be Saturday, Nov. 11 from 3pm until 8pm at Cole and Garrett Funeral Home in Goodlettsville, TN with the funeral service on Nov. 12 at 2pm at Union Hill Baptist Church in Goodlettsville, TN and he will be interred at Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens nearby. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to either Union Hill Baptist Church or the International Mission Board of the SBC.

3 Comments to James Claiborne Redding

  1. Lynn and Frank Drewry
    November 7, 2017 2:39 pm

    We remember James fondlyl from Belmont days and have enjoyed getting to visit with him on more than one occasion when he came through our area visiting family. We are so sorry to hear of his death and will remember to pray for you family members as you adjust to the loss of this loved one.

  2. Kenneth A. Floyd
    November 7, 2017 2:44 pm

    So sorry to learn of Jimmy’s passing. Remember him so well from our days at Belmont. God’s blessing on those he leaves behind……….Ken Floyd

  3. Bruce Collier
    November 9, 2017 1:51 pm

    Jeff, Julie, Janice, and John, I know that your dad’s passing is fraught with so many emotions, relief at the end of his pain, intense sadness at his absence, joy that he has now seen his Savior face to face, and then your mom. I am just glad you have each other. We do not grieve as those who have no hope, and I am very thankful your dad knew that hope.
    Jennifer and my whole family pray that God will bless and comfort each and every one of you.

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