James Alfred ‘Alf” Redmon
Published 2:44 pm Monday, November 2, 2015
Mr. James Alfred Redmon died on Sunday, Oct. 25, 2015 following a brief illness.
He was born in Iredell County on March 11, 1941, son of son of the late Enos Redmon and Elvie Lackey Redmon. He was a 1959 graduate of Unity High School. After high school, he lived in New York and worked in a dry cleaners for seven years. He returned to North Carolina in 1966 and entered the U.S. Army. He served from Oct. 27, 1966 until Sept. 27, 1968. He was a military amphibian engineer maintenance mechanic. He was honorably discharged as a SP4. He earned an associate degree in business from Catawba College while working for Fiber Industries. He retired after 30 years from Hoechst Celanese Corp. at the age of 53. After retirement, he worked part-time at Manheim Auto Auction for about 15 years. At an early age, he joined Mt. Nebo Baptist Church in Harmony, where he served as Deacon, Sunday School teacher, Usher Board member, and member of the Mighty Men Male Chorus and the Mass Choir. He was a member and Worship Master of the Harmony Masonic Lodge 824. He served the lodge for 38-plus years; while serving as secretary, he received the “Mason of the Year” award on Oct. 8, 1977. He was a lover of automobiles, owning a 1968 Blue Chevy Truck. He was innovative. He loved creating things to make his life easier. Gardening, art (drawing), hunting and reciting poems/ scriptures were additional hobbies.
Also preceding him in death: a sister, Asalee Redmon Dalton; 4 brothers, Oliver Eugene Redmon, John (Teresa) Redmon, Enos (Sharon) Redmon, and Bobby Redmon; and a sister-in-law, Faye Redmon.
Survivors: his wife, Annie B. Gaither; 2 daughters, Terri Redmon (Derrick) Cunningham of Concord, Tawania Redmon (John) Mykins of Harmony; a son, the Rev. Tyrone (Tasha) Redmon of Harmony; 4 grandchildren, Darrian Cunningham, Tylisa Redmon (Jefferyl) Mitchell, Trista Mykins, Ailena Mykins; a great-grandson, Jace Mitchell; 2 brothers, Harry (Ona Lee) Redmon of Monroe and Robert Gilbert (Ruthie Mae) Redmon of Statesville; 5 sisters, Cora Lauree Redmon, Dorothy (Clarence) Steele, Beatrice (James) Dalton, and Sandra Houston, all of Harmony, and Mary Lois Steele of Statesville; 3 brothers-in-law, Jack Gaither of Statesville, Grady (Dottie) Gaither of Harmony, and Ralph Dalton Sr. of Houstonville; 3 sisters-in-law, Gwendolyn (Isodore) James of Olin, Lois Gaither of Harmony and Marie Gaither of Ohio; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives and friends.
Funeral service was held Sunday, Nov. 1 at 2 p.m. at Mt. Nebo Baptist Church in Harmony. The Rev. Norman Dudley officiated and the Rev. Tyrone Redmon provided the eulogy. Burial followed in the church cemetery with military rites. The family received friends at the church one hour before the service, and Masonic rites also took place.