Norman Eugene Redden
SALISBURY—Norman Eugene "Gene" Redden, beloved son, husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, went to be with his Heavenly Father on Monday, May 6, 2013, at Salisbury Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.
Born in Pocomoke City on Jan. 20, 1930, son of Louis Filmore and Ethel Hill Redden, Gene, as he was known to his family and friends, was the youngest of six. As a kid, Gene enjoyed life in Pocomoke, often swimming in the river after jumping off the opened drawbridge. He was a 1947 graduate of the McDonogh School located in Baltimore, where he enjoyed wrestling as well as working in the stables for the cavalry unit. He also received a diploma from the Salisbury Institute in junior accounting two years later. Gene was appointed as a second lieutenant with the Maryland National Guard in 1956. He also ascended to the rank of Master Mason with the Masonic Lodge of Pocomoke City.
He started his accounting career at Small and Bull Hatchery of Pocomoke City before moving on to work at Peninsula General Hospital. After PGH, Gene went on to work for Dennis Mayflower in Salisbury. He ended his working career at G&M Sales. But his true calling was serving those around him. Gene spent many years helping with Coastal Hospice, as well as being a volunteer at the Blood Bank of Delmarva. As a true servant of God, Gene served as a Sunday school teacher and youth leader as well as a deacon at both Allen Memorial and Immanuel Baptist churches.
Gene was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, James Francis, William Alvin and Orville; as well as two sisters, Elizabeth Redden and Evelyn Tull.
Gene is survived by his wife of 56 years, Frances "Fran" Moore Redden; his two daughters, Valerie Trout and Kim Ferrier and husband, Greg; his son, David Redden and wife, Valerie; five grandchildren, Steven and Keith Ferrier, Angela Groft and Michael and Derrick Redden. He also thoroughly enjoyed his time with his four great-grandchildren, Timothy, Emily, Jen and Julia. He is also survived by several nieces, nephews, cousins and other family members.
A Celebration of Life service will be held at Immanuel Baptist Church in Salisbury on Wednesday, May 22, at 11 a.m. with visitation one hour prior to the service. Presiding over the services will be Pastor Andrew Morgan of Immanuel Baptist Church.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that gifts be made in Gene's memory to the Immanuel Baptist Church Building Fund, 1514 Old Ocean City Rd., Salisbury, MD 21804 or the Blood Bank of Delmarva, 100 Hygeia Dr., Newark, DE 19713-2085.