Alma Hankinson Redd

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Mrs. Alma Hankinson Redd
BELVEDERE, SC - Mrs. Alma H. Redd, 95, wife of the late, Geddings E. Redd, entered into rest on Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014 at National Healthcare.
Her funeral service was held today at 3:00 PM, Saturday, Dec. 27, 2014 at Belvedere First Baptist Church with Rev. John Meyer and Dr. Roy L. Head officiating. Interment followed in Westover Memorial Park.
Alma was born in the Talatha Community of Aiken County on Christmas Day in 1918. She was the daughter of Otto Banks Hankinson and Cora Saxon Hankinson. She attended Aiken County schools and graduated from the Talatha Hawthorne Academy.
On December 19, 1930 she married Geddings E. Redd of Montmorenci, SC and their lives were immeasurably blessed by the birth of two sons: Geddings E. Redd, Jr. and Tony Redd.
In 1980, Alma retired from her administrative career with United Merchants and Manufacturers but continued the work that, in addition to motherhood, gave her the most satisfaction in her life: her dedicated service to God in her Church.
At various times at Belvedere First Baptist Church where she had been a member since 1946, she taught every level of Sunday School Class, from the beginners to senior adults; was president of the Women's Missionary Union (WMU); advisor to the Girls Auxiliary; a member of the building committee that designed and funded the present sanctuary and, most importantly, she was president for more than twenty years of the Golden Age Club, where she became a legend for planning interesting meetings and successful rummage sales. Also, every year both a fall and spring bus trip for the club and single-handedly prepared a picnic lunch, replete with the world's best pimento cheese sandwiches.
She is survived by her son, Dr. Tony Redd of Augusta (retired Professor of English at The Citadel), a sister-in-law, Mrs. Oliver Hankinson of Aiken and a number of beloved nieces and nephews.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her older son, her parents, her brother and seven sisters: Oliver Hankinson, Eula Mae Bates, Ilma Proctor, Margaret Lane, Dot Dempsey, Bessie Weathersbee, Wadie Morris, and Genell Mixon.
Pallbearers were James Key, Joey Herzberg, Kevin Morris, Stephen Hammett, Thomas Holland and Wes Zamzow.
The family received friends at the church one hour prior to the service.
Memorials may be made to Belvedere First Baptist Church, PO Box 8168, North Augusta, SC 29861.

Please visit the online register at www.rowlandfuneralhome.com.
Rowland Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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Published in The Aiken Standard and North Augusta Star on Dec. 31, 2014