Funeral services for retired 1st Sgt. James Ira Redman, 74, of Killeen, will be at 11 a.m. Friday at First Baptist Church Trimmier, 6405 Chaparral Road, in Killeen. Burial with full military honors will follow at Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery.
Mr. Redman died Feb. 16, 2013. He was born Dec. 7, 1938, in the small town of Concord, N.C., one of eight children to the late Burle Redman and Elsie (Hooks) Redman.
After graduating from high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Army. In 1959, he married his best friend, Alice Carden. The young couple enjoyed traveling all over the world, but Texas was the place they loved the most. James and Alice soon welcomed a beautiful baby girl, Marie, into their lives.
He was known as Blue Bell ice cream’s favorite customer because of the amounts of ice cream he loved eating while cheering his Dallas Cowboys on.
He was a man who knew and loved the Lord and he was a faithful member of the choir at First Baptist Church Trimmier. He also enjoyed pastimes like hunting, fishing and spending time with family and friends, to include his young buddy Junior and telling him to “go home, Junior.”
Mr. Redman was preceded in death by his sister, Burlleen Sides; and a brother, Bobby Redman.
Survivors include his loving wife of 53 years, Alice Redman; their only child, Marie Redman; one granddaughter, Jamie Rivera; one great-granddaughter, Emily Cooper; three sisters, Shirley Dagenhart, Dean Stickle and Annette Cook; two brothers, Hal Redman and Joe Redman.
Memorials may be made to Oncology, Scott & White Health Foundation, 2401 South 31st St., Temple, TX 76508.
Visitation is from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home in Killeen, which is in charge of arrangements. Offer condolences at www.crawfordbowersfuneralhome.com.