Cecil Herbert Reddish

Born: Sun., Apr. 1, 1928
Died: Tue., May 5, 2020

Services are to be announced


5:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Thu., May 07, 2020
Location: Home of Mrs. Jeanine Reddish

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Durden-Hudson Funeral Directors announces the death of Mr. Cecil Herbert Reddish, age 92, of Swainsboro, May 05, 2020 at Emanuel Medical Center Nursing Home.

Private memorial services will be conducted at a later date.

The family will be receiving friends, at the home of Mrs. Jeanine Reddish on Thursday, May 7, 2020 from 5-7 PM.  Due to the COVID 19 directives, the family wants you to be safe and use your on discretion.

Mr. Reddish affectionately known by most as “Coach” was born April 1, 1928 in Ludowici, GA to the late William Lester and Blanche Schuler Reddish.  “Coach” graduated from Jesup High School where he excelled in many athletic events. In 1943, as the starting quarterback, he led the team to victory over Valdosta State achieving one the most prominent high school football careers.  In 1944 he and fellow team member, Jack Davis, won the state high school doubles tennis championship.  Mr. Reddish was recruited as a junior in high school to Auburn University for two years, before returning home to marry his high school sweetheart Jeanine Carter Reddish in 1948. Coach transferred to Livingston State University where he played quarterback and safety for the football team. In 1950, he was named team captain, president of the junior class, Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities and All- Conference in the Alabama Intercollegiate Athletic Association.  He also led all small colleges with 14 interceptions as a safety and graduated from Livingston in 1951 with a BS in Science, he also holds a Master’s Degree from the University of Georgia and a Masters Degree in Administration and two Six-Year Specialist’s degrees from Georgia Southern College. From 1962-1970 “Coach” was just that, the Coach for the Swainsboro High School Tigers Football Team and Assistant Principal until retirement in 1984. Mr. Reddish was an avid golfer and shot a Hole-In-One, on April 22, 1998 on the 5th hole of the Swainsboro Golf and Country Club. He was inducted into the Wayne County Sports Hall of Fame on Saturday, April 27, 2002. In his retirement, he also enjoyed wood working and fishing.  Mr. Reddish was a member of the Swainsboro First Baptist Church, and in addition to his parents was preceded in death by sister, Irma Blanton; and brothers, Robert "Buddy" Reddish and Roby Reddish.

Survivors include:

His Wife of 72 years: Jeanine Carter Reddish of Swainsboro, GA

Daughters: Cecilia Thompson (Phil) and Deborah Burrows all of Swainsboro, GA

Sons: Richard “Bird” M. Reddish (Phyllis) and Robert S. Reddish (Kimberly Long) all of Swainsboro, GA.

Brother: James Harold “Sonny” Reddish of Jesup, GA

Grandchildren: Jennifer Reddish Coulter (Jeremy), Richard Michael Reddish Jr. (Rebekah), Stephanie Faye Reddish and Joseph Seth Schrader.

Great Grandchildren: Olivia Peyton Coulter, Carson Claire Coulter, Gavin Michael Reddish, nieces, nephews and extended family.

Condolences may be submitted on-line at www.durden-hudsonfuneraldirectors.com

Durden-Hudson Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements for Mr. Cecil Herbert Reddish of Swainsboro, GA.


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Jimmy & Lois Harper
   Posted Tue May 05, 2020
We are so sorry to hear about Cecil. Praying that the Lord will hold all of you in comfort. God Bless all of you at this difficult time.

Vickie Hughes Hudson
   Posted Tue May 05, 2020
Where do I begin...Coach Reddish you were a huge part of Swainsboro High School ! We all loved you and enjoyed hearing your ideas and giving us advice! I know your family will miss you. Rest in Peace and thank you for being there for us! SHS Class of 1979. Prayers for you all...he was a dear man ! Thank you for sharing him with us !

Dennis Parsons
   Posted Tue May 05, 2020
I was so sorry to hear of Coach Reddish's death. He gave me my first chance to coach in Georgia and I spent many wonderful Saturday's with Jeanine, Richard, Robert, Ceil, and Debbie. I will always remember his kindness, guidance, and wonderful advice in my early years. I will miss you Coach.

Martha Kimbrough Mulling
   Posted Tue May 05, 2020
I wish I had known him. My dad's middle name was Reddish, his mother was married to Otis Claude Reddish. My dad was born in 1915 so he is a little older. I am sending my sincere condolences to the family.

Sherry Vescuso
   Posted Tue May 05, 2020
So sorry for your loss, I pray for healing during this time.

Jeanne Griffin
   Posted Wed May 06, 2020
Richard, Phyllis and Family: Please find comfort in knowing that Coach Reddish is in a much better place and is healthy and whole and longs for his family. May God surround his family during this time.

   Posted Wed May 06, 2020
My condolences to the family. One of Swainsboro High great Principals

Jeff Fitzpatrick
   Posted Wed May 06, 2020
What a fine man , mentor, and coach. Great memories of a man that truly loved his profession. I especially liked playing golf with him. My condolences to all the family.

   Posted Wed May 06, 2020
Very sorry to learn of Coach Reddish passing. I always enjoyed my time with him as coach, at the golf course, or as a friend. May God Bless.

Tammy Jackson Barton
   Posted Wed May 06, 2020
So sorry to hear this. He was my coach in high school. I would see him at walmart and I would always smile and say, " hey coach Reddish." It was always good to see him. Prayers for all the family. God bless y'all.

Warren and Dinah Purvis
   Posted Wed May 06, 2020
We are truly saddened by the loss of such a fine man.
He was our coach/ teacher in Jesup.
He was an inspiration to many
young people as well as a fun guy.
May Your loving memories sustain you
during this difficult time.

Mike & Ellen Rowland
   Posted Thu May 07, 2020
So sorry to hear about Coach's passing! Have so many fond memories from SHS, too many to list. Always made sure we stopped and spoke when we saw him sitting on the bench in Walmart. Our thoughts and prayers are with ALL of you and may GOD bless each of you!
Mike & Ellen Rowland

Cecile and Jimmy Robertson - Jesup, GA
   Posted Thu May 07, 2020
Sending love and prayers to Jeanine and to the family.

Madie Conley (Beckum)
   Posted Thu May 07, 2020
R.I.P. ---Class SHS 1966

Monica Mauldin Sirmans
   Posted Thu May 07, 2020
I am sending my sincerely condolences for your loss. Coach is one of my fondest memories of attending Swainsboro High School. He was genuine person and thought the world of him.

Conna Jones
   Posted Thu May 07, 2020
Nothing but great memories when y'all were in Jesup growing up. So sorry to hear about yours and the world's loss. He was always just wonderful to be around. Richard "Bird". Please give me a call when You can...706 845 5538. To

   Posted Fri May 08, 2020
Coach was one of my favorite teachers, even though I was not interested in biology. My condolences to all the family.

Tim and Tammy Hendley
   Posted Fri May 08, 2020
Prayers for peace and comfort as you mourn the loss of Coach. May you find rest in the arms of our Lord. Love and prayers for all of you.

Susan Agress Miller
   Posted Sat May 09, 2020
Debbie and Cel, I’m so sorry. You had the best dad ever. I remember when he was our principal, and I got to school late, and he just gave me the late slip, no lecture, no detention, just understanding. It was a small kindness, but almost 50 years later, it’s still remembered. Lucky I got to talk with him just last month on the phone when I was calling Debbie to get her on our “Class of ‘71” FaceBook page. He seemed like he remembered me, and whether he did or not, he made me feel like he did! God, he was so adorable, so cute, so funny. You all know exactly what I mean. Of all the leaders of Swainsboro High School, he was my favorite and always will be. His memory is a blessing to everyone who knew him.

Jack Overstreet jr.
   Posted Sun May 10, 2020
I am so saddened to hear of the passing of "Coach"Reddish , I spoke with him about a year ago and he told me he was gonna make it to 100. Im so sorry he didnt see that benchmark.Cochwas a mentor, but also someone to talk with if you had problems at school. God Bless and keep his family at this time . REST IN PEACE ,COACH !