Mr. Lowell “Burnell” Redding, age 84 of Villa Rica, Georgia, passed away on Sunday, October 31, 2021. He was born November 14, 1936 in Villa Rica, Georgia, the son of the late Mr. O. M. “Monk” Redding and the late Mrs. Lucille Hilton Redding. In addition to his parents, Burnell was preceded in death by his mother-in-law and father-in-law Mae and Tom Gilland.
Burnell is survived by his wife of 65 years, Betty Gilland Redding of Villa Rica, his children, Cheryl and Ernest Varney of Douglasville, Mike and Janie Redding of Villa Rica and Carol and Keith Wilde of Winston; grandchildren Adam and Jessica Varney of Carrollton, Laura and Ryan Lichterman of Los Angeles, California, Tyson and Priya Redding of New York City, New York, John and Katie Redding of Villa Rica and Jason and Jade Wilde of Villa Rica; great-grandchildren Owen and Nolan Varney, Miles and Roca Lichterman and Greyson Wilde; his sister Linda Redding Hamrick; and numerous nieces and nephews (many of whom were more like sons and daughters). Burnell was a devoted son, husband, father, grandfather, great- grandfather, uncle and friend to many.
He was a 1954 graduate of Douglas County High School. He and his wife Betty followed in his parent’s footsteps and ran the Rock Inn Cafe in Winston, Ga. for 30 years. Over the course of several years, Burnell bought and sold many parcels of land in Douglas and Carroll counties. He served on the Board of Directors for both Bank of Villa Rica and Regions Bank and served for almost 50 years in various positions on the Board of Directors at Greystone Power. He was a strong supporter of numerous community and civic organizations in Douglas and Carroll counties.
A long time member of First Baptist Church of Villa Rica, he served as a deacon, usher and on numerous committees. Burnell was a member of the Unity Men’s Sunday School Class. He was instrumental in the expansion and relocation of the church to its present site.
As an avid hunter and fisherman, Burnell traveled all over the world with his family and friends and has a large collection of exotic animal trophies from his many trips to Zimbabwe. He was president of the 1st Sportsman Club in Douglas County and helped facilitate the introduction of whitetail deer and turkeys to the West Georgia area in the late 1950’s.
Burnell was a leader, mentor, advisor and a humble servant of God. He was generous and treated people with kindness and respect. He will be deeply missed by many. The family would like to extend their deepest appreciation to his caregivers Gilmer Sheffield and Susie Wynn.
At the request of the family, for all those planning to attend any of the services for Mr. Redding, masks will be required. The family will receive friends at First Baptist Church of Villa Rica, 1483 Hwy. 78, Villa Rica, GA 30180 on Wednesday, November 3, 2021 from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday, November 3, 2021 at 12 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Villa Rica with Dr. Kevin Williams and Brother Jeff Powell officiating. Serving as pallbearers are Adam Varney, Laura Lichterman, Ryan Lichterman, Tyson Redding, John Redding and Jason Wilde. Entombment committal will follow in Meadowbrook Memory Gardens, 1100 NE Hickory Level Road, Villa Rica, GA 30180 with Rev. Lamar Rackley officiating.
In lieu of flowers, those desiring to do so, may make donations In Memory of Burnell Redding to the Christian Family Ministry at First Baptist Church of Villa Rica, 1483 Hwy. 78, Villa Rica, GA 30180.
Messages of condolences may be sent to the family at www.jones-wynn.com Jones Wynn Funeral Homes, Inc. and Cremation Services of Villa Rica is in charge of the arrangements 770-459-3694.
The entire Redding family have been a part of my family and my life for many, many years. I will miss seeing Burnell, miss his smiling face, his happy greetings and his genuine goodness…Love to all Dot Padgett
Betty and family— Burnell was a great family friend and a fine man. He will be missed. The Redding and extended family are in our thoughts and prayers.
Sweet Carol from Carrollton, I am thinking of you and your family during this time. Please let me know what support you need. God bless you!
This was one of the most precious men I’ve ever known, I love him and Mrs Betty so much and I have learned a lot from them two from cooking to life lessons and many great stories I’ll never forget , He will be greatly missed by many , prayers for all of you Mrs Betty , Cheryl, Carol and Mike
My thoughts and prayers for you and the family. I have just kind memories for you, your parents and Linda and Rock Inn Cafe. God Bless You!!! Kent Owings
So sorry to hear of Burnell’s passing. I knew him from my working for Douglas County Planning and Zoning. I loved when he came by the office, he was always very polite and a real gentleman. Rest In Peace!! Prayers for his family and friends. 🙏🙏🙏
Burnell was a very dear friend. I will always cherish his memories May our Lord give the family Peace and Comfort during this time of loss. Clifford Hughes
Burnell was a great friend, mentor and role model. He made a lasting impression on everyone he met and certainly left a tremendous legacy after 46 years of service as a board member at GreyStone Power. Our prayers are with the family during this time of loss.
I had the wonderful pleasure of living next to Burnell & Betty for over 10 years; they were the sweetest, most gracious neighbors, including bringing me fresh tomatoes and even a freshly baked pecan pie at Christmas. So very sorry Betty & family for your loss and heaven’s gain. Much love, Angela Collins
A friend, in many ways. Mike Willis
Dear Betty, Cheryl, Mike and Carol and family members, I’m so sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing. I believe that I have known him for my whole life. He and my dad were great friends. He always sought us out whenever we ran into each other in other restaurants after the cafe closed. Most everyone I know misses the Rock Inn on Friday nights. I know that y’all are hurting right now Just know that a lot of people are praying for you to heal, you will see him again one day. Sincerely, DeVal Lott and family
I’m so sorry to hear of Mr. Redding’s passing. I was fortunate enough to have the pleasure of meeting Cheryl and Ernie while they were visiting family in Maine. I enjoyed the many stories Cheryl shared about her Daddy and family. I could see and feel the love and adoration she had for him. He was I man I would have been blessed to know. My sincere condolences to you all.
So sorry to hear of Burnell’s passing. He was such a good Christian man who gave back to his community. We would eat at Rock Inn Cafe several times during the week and often on Friday nights and enjoyed talking to Burnell and Betty. Thoughts and prayers Betty, Mike, Carol and Cheryl.
So sorry to hear about Burnell’s passing. Such a wonderful human being with such a great sense of humor. He was a Christian leader who gave of his time and service to his community. Years ago, we would eat lunch at Rock Inn several times a week and my family and I would eat there on Friday night always enjoyed seeing Burnell and Betty. Betty, Mike, Cheryl and Carol my sympathy and prayers to y’all in the loss of Burnell. Love y’all Sue Pearson
My Prayers and condolences to the Redding family. My Daddy thought highly of Burnell. May he RIP
My thoughts and prayers go out to all of Burnells family. He was not only a great man but a great friend.
Betty and family: My condolences to this family. I worked with Burnell for many years at GreyStone. He always had the employees’ and members’ interest in the forefront of his mind. God Bless You!
Dearest Betty and family, Burnell was undoubtedly a blessing to whomever he met in life!! He was a kind man whose sense of humor and wit made him a joy to be around. Although your hearts are broken at this time, be strong and rejoice in all the years of memories you have to sustain you in what is one of the toughest battles in life when you lose your mate, your Father, your Grandfather. His was truly a life to be admired and emulated. I just praise Jesus that he and Leroy and a whole gang of other wonderful Christian men are now free of the pain and suffering in this earth we call our temporary home !!! I love and cherish your friendship and hold dear the memories I’ve been given of such a wonderful family as the Reddings!!!! Much love and many prayers, Dianne Jackson
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I am so sorry to hear of Burrell’s passing. He was a wonderful person and i worked with him with GreyStone Power for 40 years. He always took care of the employees and served GreyStone with honor.
I’m so sad to hear of Burnell’s passing. He gave me my first job when I was a teenager busing table at Rock Inn. He, Betty,Cheryl, Carol and Mike were family to me throughout the years. He will be greatly missed but will always be a blessing to me. Prayers and thoughts to the family, love y’all 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻
So sorry to hear about Mr.Burnell’s passing such a sweet caring man .my sympathy love and prayers for Mrs Betty, Mike, Cheryl and Carol and all family members and friends
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