Jones County planning monument, museum for Redding

Staff reportMarch 24, 2014 

Jones County leaders are planning a memorial marker and museum to honor legendary soul singer Otis Redding.

Details of the plans are scheduled for announcement at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the W.E. Knox Civic Center in downtown Gray.

Community leaders, led by Thad Childs, have formed an Otis Redding Memorial Committee, according to a news release.

“I’ve always wanted some recognition of Otis Redding and his part in the Gray-Jones community,” Childs said in the statement. “This is a great way to get the official dedication that a legend so rightly deserves, and I’m so happy to see the project finally come to fruition.”

Members of the committee will join Redding’s widow, Zelma Redding; Karla Redding-Andrews, Redding’s daughter; and Luther Rodgers Redding, Redding’s brother, in announcing the plans.

Redding was born in Dawson, but his family moved to Macon when he was a child. Years later, he won talent shows at the Douglass Theatre and in 1960, he began touring with Johnny Jenkins and The Pinetoppers before his solo career took off.

He was killed in a plane crash in 1967.

He lived on the family ranch in the Jones County town of Round Oak, about 23 miles from Macon.

A statue of Redding sits in Gateway Park in Macon.

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