George Lester Reddish, Sr., aged 95, passed away at the Palatka Health Care Center in Palatka, FL on Tuesday, December twenty-fourth, 2013. Mr. Reddish was born to the late Emory S. and Della R. Reddish on Thursday, March fourteenth, 1918, in Jesup GA. He moved to Putnam County from Goodlettsville, TN, where he had lived for many years. He was retired from Nashville Metro Public Schools in 1983.
He is survived by his wife of 12 years, Jean (Mickey) Gray Reddish; sons, Randall Emory (Reina) Reddish, Daniel Earl (Diane) Reddish, George Lester Reddish, Jr.; daughters, Jeri Georgette Maxwell and Mary Alice (Tim) Gainer; grandchildren, Matthew (Amanda) Reddish, Alexis Reddish, Joshua Reddish, George Michael (Vicki) Reddish, Aaron Reddish, Allison Reddish and Kayla Gainer, Brandon (Brittany) Kerlee; Great-grandchildren, Braylen Silva, Brysen Kerlee. He is also survived by nephews, nieces, step-children and many friends.
Mr. Reddish was predeceased by his late wife, Sarah June Biggs Reddish and his former wife, Christine James Reddish Poppell. He was also preceded in death by his sisters, Maggie Reddish, Ruby Sauvage, Billie Tillis, Paula O'Steen and Gussie Godfry; and his son-in-law, Robert Maxwell.
He proudly served our nation in the United States Army from which he was honorably discharged in January, 1946. He held the rank of Corporal in the 11th Armored Calvary Regiment, Blackhorse Brigade, 18th Quartermaster Company during WWII. His service included European, African, Middle Eastern, Asiatic, and Pacific Campaigns during which he was awarded the Bronze Star, WWII Victory Medal, and American Service Medal. Mr. Reddish was a past member of the Loyal Order of Moose, Crescent City Lodge 1641 and Fraternal Order of Eagles, Aerie 4355.
Burial with Military Honors will be at Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens, Goodlettsville, TN, on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 3:00 P.M.
Condolences may be sent to his family at Forest Lawn Funeral Home.
Should you wish to honor his memory by donation, please consider the American Heart/Stroke Association at donate.heart.org
Forest Lawn Funeral Home & Memorial Gardens 1150 South Dickerson Road, Goodlettsville, TN 37075 615-859-5279