Hollis Emmette Reddin, 82, of Rives, died Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020, at Jackson-Madison County Hospital.
Funeral services will be held 1 p.m. Tuesday at White-Ranson Funeral Home, with Brother Melvin Poe officiating. Burial is to follow in the East View Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. until the hour of services Tuesday.
Pallbearers will be members of the military.
He was born Feb. 12, 1938, in Dyersburg, to the late Hollis and Ethel Walker Reddin. He married Elaine Barham Reddin on Jan. 18, 1958. She survives.
After graduating high school, he enlisted in the Army Officer Training program. During the Vietnam War, he was part of a highly-classified intelligence mission, where he learned the Czech language.
He also graduated from the University of Nebraska with a bachelor’s degree in law enforcement and corrections and earned a master’s degree in public administration from Western Kentucky University during his military career. After more than 21 years of service to his country, he retired with the rank of United States Army Major at the age of 39 years.
He soon began his second career with Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company. He served as night superintendent in final finish and is described by his colleagues as a fair, kind and professional gentleman. After 20 years of service, he retired from Goodyear.
His third career began in 1997 as a contract grower for Tyson Farms, where his farm was third in Obion County to receive chicks. He was recognized as a Top 10 grower several years before retiring from actively managing the farm.
He was a hard working, devoted man, but above all his academic and professional success, the most significant event of his life occurred at 80 years of age when he came to a childlike, saving knowledge of his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He was happy to share his faith with everyone, and his family finds great comfort in anticipation of a happy heavenly reunion someday.
Recounting his life and the things he found important would be incomplete without describing his love and dedication to his family. He was loving, kind, generous and fun and he was happiest when surrounded by his wife, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
In addition to his wife, survivors include two sons, Ray (Mary) Reddin and Steve Reddin; a daughter, Lori (Joe) Morrow, all of Rives; nine grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his daughter, Janice Reasons; a brother, Marshall Reddin; and a sister, Kay Williams.
Condolences may be sent to the family at the funeral home website: www.white-ranson.com.