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Remembering the man | Family seeks Redding stories
by Debbie Lurie-Smith
Aug 21, 2014 | 2397 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The planned location for the Otis Redding marker is in front of the fountain at the W.E. Knox Civic Center.
The planned location for the Otis Redding marker is in front of the fountain at the W.E. Knox Civic Center.
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As the local effort for a marker and museum to honor Otis Redding continues, the committee behind the tribute is working on an idea to make it more personal.

In a presentation to the Jones County commissioners Aug. 5, Thad Childs talked about wanting stories about personal encounters with the entertainer that would be included in the tribute.

The Otis Redding Memorial Committee also put out a press release about the stories. The release states that they are seeking stories about the legendary soul singer for the preliminary exhibition as the city prepares to unveil a permanent memorial marker honoring Redding’s ties to Gray and Jones County.

Redding’s daughter, Karla Redding-Andrews, joined the effort.

“Hearing about people’s interactions with my father and what his music means to them is a wonderful way to keep his legacy alive,” she said. “ We love learning about his ties to the community, how people interacted with him, or just what he means to them today.”

For more information, the committee contact person, Renita Patterson, may be reached at 478-955-2991. The Jones County/Gray Chamber of Commerce and The Jones County News have agreed to receive the stories or they may be emailed to rpatt1999@aol.com.

For the full story, pick up a copy of this week's newspaper or subscribe to our e-Edition at http://ee.jcnews.com.
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