Patricia D. Redds

Aug 1, 1931 - Mar 25, 2021



Patricia Dancy Redds was born on August 1, 1931 in Shuqualak, Mississippi. She was the second of three daughters born to Eddie and Annie Dancy. The family moved to East St. Louis, Illinois where she was educated in the East St. Louis school system graduating with honors from Lincoln High School.

After graduating high school, Mrs. Redds attended Texas College in Tyler, Texas. While at Texas College, she was active with the drama club, gospel choir and became a member of the Alpha Tau Chapter of her beloved Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. in 1951. She graduated magna cum laude earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Science in 1953. She later attended Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri earning a Master of Science in Sociology and Minor in Guidance Counseling.  Mrs. Redds’ professional career included educator, counselor, and Founder and Director of the Whitney M. Young, Jr. Street Academy.  As principal of an alternative educational school in Flint, Michigan, she was responsible for reclaiming hundreds of young boys and girls from the streets and helping them graduate from high school. The students affectionately called her “Mama Redds”.

Mrs. Redds loved the Lord God with all of her heart, mind and soul. As a young girl she became a missionary. She was very active with Sunday School, the music department, Christian Education, and Christian Youth Fellowship.  It was no surprise when Mrs. Redds married her late husband, Presiding Elder Harry Lee Redds Sr., and moved to Flint, Michigan to join her husband as First Lady of Dozier Memorial Christian Methodist Episcopal (CME) church. They were assigned to two additional churches in Flint, St. James CME and St. Peter CME. Mrs. Redds continued to be active with the Women’s Missionary Society, choirs and Christian Education with each church.

                In 1979, Elder Redds and Mrs. Redds were appointed Presiding Elder and First Lady to the Third Episcopal District, serving the Michigan-Indiana Region.  In 1994, they relocated to California and were assigned to the Ninth Episcopal District, serving the Northern California Region. While serving as Presiding Elder and First Lady, they served at Amos Temple, Lewis Memorial, St. Stephen, Beebe Memorial Cathedral and Century Chapel.  Mrs. Redds continued to be active with the Women’s Missionary Society, frequently conducting training classes and workshops. She enjoyed public speaking and was often invited to speak at churches, or as some would say, “to preach”.

Mrs. Redds served as the first Connectional President of the Connectional Ministers’ Spouses Widows/Widowers Department of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church in 1994. She led this newly organized department in developing and adopting bylaws, formulating reporting procedures and raising funds in support of its platform. Mrs. Redds was recently recognized for her service with the Connectional Ministers’ Spouses Widows/Widowers Department of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, in the March 2021 edition of The Christian Index, the official publication of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church.

Mrs. Redds is preceded in death by her husband, Presiding Elder Harry Lee Redds Sr., parents Eddie and Annie Dancy, sister Mineva Foley, and sons-in-law Charles Fair Sr. and John Carradine Sr. She is survived by her sister Dorothie Jean Crim; children Portia Bearyman Fair, Johnice Redds Carradine, Patrice (Leo) Bell, Harry Redds Jr., Patrick (Sonya) Redds and Eddie Redds; grandchildren Jamel (Ebony) Bearyman, Alandra (Jeremiah) Towner, Jessica Fair, Samillia Washington, G. Tiffany Crawford, Micha Goudeau, Bernadette Martin, Carren Redds, Kyle Thomason, Shaun Thomason, Tenajah Redds, Elijah Redds, Christopher Redds, Victoria Redds and Kennedy Redds; and a host of great grandchildren and dear friends.


  • Fayette Davis, NCRMSWWD, President says:

    Mrs. Redds was always a kind hearted and beautiful Christian. Her wonderful spirit and beautiful smiles will truly be missed.

  • Presiding Elder TJ Davis, Jr, Oakland District says:

    Mrs. Redds exemplified the true spirit of a Christian, First Lady, mother, friend and Leader.

  • Tracy Dancy Lovelace says:

    My thoughts and prayers ate with you all.

  • Diane Thompson says:

    Patricia father &my grandfather were brothers I had not seen her in years after she left East St. Louis, but she was always so kind & caring and loving. I am her name sake one of my aunts gave me her name Patricia Diane.

  • Dorothy Craig says:

    My deepest sympathy.

  • Joyce Miller says:

    Mrs Redds was a kind and lovable Christian woman. She will be missed.

  • Driskell Family says:

    Mrs. Redds was loved by so many and especially my great aunt the late Odessa Jackson here in Flint, MI. I remember the Redds when I was a younger girl. May God continue to bless and comfort her entire family. I know her husband has welcomed her home eternally! Rest in heaven for a job well done! Soror💕

  • Kaye Gould says:

    I pray that the family of Mrs. Redds hearts be lifted when they think about all the beautiful memories she left behind

    Love you all!!!
    Kaye Lenear Gould
    Flint, Michigan

  • Barbara Cain says:

    Sweet memories of Mrs. Redd. She was always a joy to be around. Truly an example of a First Lady. Praying for the family. Deepest condolences and prayers for the family.
    Elder & Mrs. Kenneth Cain
    Longview-Marshall District
    8th Episcopal District

  • Chuck & Cynthia Hamilton says:

    Mama Redds was a great inspiration to anyone who have ever came in contact with her. May her legacy continue through her children and grandchildren. May God continue to give her family strength to deal with this great loss. Our deepest condolences to her family and love ones. We will always keep you lifted up in our prayers. We love you!

  • Elvira Chapman says:

    Sending my heartfelt condolence 🌸💚. My Aunt and SOROR was such a positive influence in my life, as well as so many other Flint residences. I Pray that our Father GOD give the family strength to endure during this most difficult time of loss. Aunt Pat – An Ivy Beyond The Wall 🌸🍏

  • Mrs. Roxana Murphy says:

    Our condolences and prayers are with the entire family on behalf of our daughter, Samillia Washington. Never having met Mrs. Redds, her works speak for her. May our Heavenly Father give each of you peace and comfort during this time.

  • Charles, Kenneth and Marcia Muldrew says:

    We send our deepest sympathy. Your family was will always be a part of our family from way back in the Dozier years. Our prayers are with you!

  • Samillia and Shaun Washington says:

    May God give each of you strength to get through this transition. Grandma was such a beautiful light who had so much poise only she could carry. Her spirit will live on and shine through everything she has touched. God Bless with love!🙏🏽

  • Teresa Watson says:

    Mrs. Teresa Watson, President of the Oakland District MSWWD
    Sends our sincere heartfelt sympathy to Mrs. Redds Family. She will always hold a special part in our hearts and lives for all of the love, support and training she has shown and given to us. We Love her dearly and she will truly be missed. Thank you for letting your Mom be apart of our lives. May God Bless and Give you comfort.

  • Sandra F. Holt says:

    Viewing the Memorial tribute brought back such great memories. I worked with Pat in Michigan for several years with the Ministers’ Wives(at the time) and later Spouses and Widows/Widowers. She advocated for us and was a mentor to many. Please accept my sympathy, prayers and love as you mourn Pat’s passing. Blessings to you all.

  • Jesse & Donna Jones Jr says:

    My prayers and condolences go out to the entire family. May the Lord comfort you in a way that only He can.

  • Velma Sykes says:

    May God bless you and comfort you. You are in my prayers!

  • Mable says:

    Rev. Llewellyn and Mable Jones
    Our Prayers and condolences to the Family of Sis. Redds she serve in the Mid- Michigan District.

  • William A Johnson Jr, Rochester NY says:

    My deepest condolences are sent to Mrs. Patricia D Redds family. We met while working at the Urban League of Flint, MI in 1971-72. Mel Brannon and I appointed her to be the first director/principal of the Whitney M Young Street Academy, one of the first alternative schools in that city. She and Rev. Redds appointed me as the Organist and Senior Choir director at Dozier Memorial CME Church. While I lived in Flint, our families had a great fellowship. Mrs. Redds was smart, innovative and caring for all whose lives she impacted. She was such a sweet lady. My life has been forever enriched by knowing her. May her soul rest in eternal peace.

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