Rev. Max Douglas Redman, 78, of Decatur, went home to be with his Lord on Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019, at Starr Regional Medical Center in Athens. Max was a son of the late Thomas Henry Redman and Nancy Pearl Farmer Redman, and was preceded in death by his sisters, Joan Redman, Evelyn Redman, Nan Walker, Jane Shell, Kate Everett, and Margaret McKenzie; brothers, Ralph Redman and Jeff Redman; and a great-grandson, Preston Redman. Max was a United States Army veteran and a retired blacksmith with the Boiler Makers Local Union #454. As an ordained Baptist minister, Max served as pastor of churches in Meigs and surrounding counties for many years and was a member of Decatur First Baptist Church, where he served as a Sunday school teacher and AWANA worker. Max was also a valued employee of Bowers Funeral Home. Max was also a member of Meigs County Masonic Lodge #213 for over 46 years, where he served as Worshipful Master in 1979 and as chaplin for several terms. He was a member of the Chattanooga Scottish Rite, the Alhambra Shrine of Chattanooga, and was currently serving as the Excellent High Priest, McMinn Chapter #74 Royal Arch Masons, Illustrious Master, Athens Council #188 Cryptic Masons, and the Eminent Commander, Athens Commandery #34 Knights Templar. Survivors include his beloved wife of 51 years, Lovella Powers Redman of Decatur; sons, Douglas Redman of Decatur, Randy Redman of Pikeville, and Jason Redman (Emi) of Grayson, Ga.; grandchildren, Josh, Ashley, and Austin Redman, Wyatt Adams, Clayton Logan, and Justin Redman; seven great-great-grandchildren; a brother, Tommy Redman of Athens; a special niece, Joann Sledge; several other nieces, nephews, other extended family, and a host of friends. A funeral service will be held at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 10, at Decatur First Baptist Church with the Rev. Jamey Davis, the Rev. Jimmy Lewis, and the Rev. Robert Sneed officiating. Family and friends will assemble at 10 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 11, at the funeral home and proceed to the Walnut Grove Baptist Church Cemetery for the 11 a.m. committal service with Masonic and military honors. The family will receive friends from 3 to 7 p.m. on Sunday at the church prior to the services. Bowers Funeral Home of Decatur is honored to serve the Redman family. Go to to sign the guest book and offer your condolences.

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