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Memorial to Otis Redding kicks off
by Debbie Lurie-Smith
Mar 27, 2014 | 1117 views | 0 0 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Otis Redding’s daughter Karla spoke at the March 25 kickoff held at the W.E. Knox Civic Center in Gray. A committee has been formed to raise money for the project that includes a marker and museum in honor of Redding at the civic center.
Otis Redding’s daughter Karla spoke at the March 25 kickoff held at the W.E. Knox Civic Center in Gray. A committee has been formed to raise money for the project that includes a marker and museum in honor of Redding at the civic center.
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Cool and windy weather moved the kickoff event for an Otis Redding memorial and museum in Gray inside Tuesday morning but did not cool the enthusiasm of community leaders and family members supporting the project.

Thad Childs has taken the lead in the Redding tribute. He is the city president of Morris Bank in Gray, and the bank showed its support with a $5,000 donation, which was presented at the March 25 press conference held at the W.E. Knox Civic Center.

Childs was the first to speak and talked about his conversation with Zelma Redding, who is Otis’ wife. He said the Redding family is valuable to the community and asked her if she would allow a tribute to him.

He said she was agreeable, and a committee was formed to start work on the project. The committee is now a 501(c)3 and can accept tax donations that will be tax deductible.

Childs gave a brief history of Otis Redding, beginning with his birth in Dawson in 1941. His family moved to Macon when the entertainer was 3, and he started singing in church and at school.

Redding’s career took off, and by the time he was 20, he was well-known.

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