The first visitor to address the board at the March 18 meeting was Thad Childs, who spoke about an Otis Redding Memorial planned in Jones County. Childs, who is the city president for Morris Bank in Gray, said he saw Zelma Redding in the bank about a year ago and asked her if she would be open to a marker in honor of her husband in Gray. Childs said Redding chose to move to Jones County and called it his home.
“He lived here and was buried here,” the speaker stated.
He said that was a year ago. A committee was formed, and it has taken its time because the members wanted to do it right.
“We are going to put a memorial marker in front of the W.E. Knox Civic Center, and the second phase is a museum inside. We have our work cut out for us, but I think it will be a great thing for the community and for the Redding family,” Childs said.
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