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Mr. Harry L. Redds, Sr.
Mr. Harry L. Redds, Sr.
Obituary of Presiding Elder Harry Lee Redds Sr.
Presiding Elder Harry Lee Redds Sr. was born on February 12, 1938 in Isola, Mississippi to Lessie B. Butler and Monroe Redds. At a young age, Elder Redds went to live with his paternal grandmother, Corin H. Flippin in Lovejoy, Illinois. They later moved to St. Louis, Missouri. Mother Flippin raised Elder Redds in the church, keeping him busy with church activities. Thanks to Mother Flippin’s nurturing, he cultivated a love for the Lord as a young boy and he knew that his life’s purpose was predestined.
In 1957 Elder Redds enlisted in the United States Air Force serving honorably for four years. In 1958 Elder Redds became ordained in the “Colored Methodist Episcopal Church.” His first assignment was in Amarillo,Texas in 1962. After pastoring in Beloit,Wisconsin, he was transferred to Pilgrim Temple Christian Methodist Episcopal (CME) in East St. Louis, Illinois where he met his love Patricia D. Kelley. They were married and were assigned to Dozier Memorial CME in Flint, Michigan. Elder Redds was assigned to two additional churches in Flint, St. James CME and St. Peters CME.
Elder Redds had a strong desire to give back to the community and to enhance community development and growth. He recognized a need for a workforce development and training program in the Flint area. Subsequently, in 1972 Elder Redds founded and was the Director of the Flint Opportunities Industrialization Center (OIC), an education and training center. Under Elder Redds’ leadership and management, OIC offered high quality skill development opportunities that enabled economically disadvantaged and unemployed people of all races and backgrounds to become productive, more fulfilled members of society. The Flint OIC, with the leadership and direction of Elder Redds, educated and trained, graduated and found employment for Flint residents for over 20 years.
In 1979 Elder Redds was appointed Presiding Elder to the Third Episcopal District, serving the Michigan–Indiana Region. In 1994 Elder Redds moved to California and joined the Ninth Episcopal District, serving as Presiding Elder to the Northern California Region. While serving as Presiding Elder, he pastored Amos Temple, Lewis Memorial, St. Stephens, Beebee Memorial and Century Chapel. After serving in the CME church for over 50 years, Elder Redds retired in 2012.
As he slept, Elder Redds departed this life in the morning on May 14, 2019. Elder Redds is now resting and communing with Lord all day long every day.
Elder Redds is preceded in death by his parents Lessie B. Butler and Monroe Redds; his grandmother Corin H. Flippin; and son-in-laws John Carradine Sr and Charles Fair. He is survived by his beloved wife Patricia D. Redds; children Portia Bearyman Fair, Johnice Redds Carradine, Patrice Bell (Leo), Harry Redds Jr, Patrick Redds (Sonya) and Eddie Redds; grandchildren Jamel Bearyman, Jessica Fair, Samillia Washington, G. Tiffany Crawford, Micha Goudeau, Bernadette Martin, Carren Redds, Latrice Taylor, Kyle Thomason, Shaun Thomason, Tenejah Redds, Elijah Redds, Christopher Redds, Victoria Redds and Kennedy Redds; sister-in-law Dorothie Jean Crim; and a host of great grandchildren and dear friends.