John Fitzgerald Reedus

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John Fitzgerald Reedus was born December 11, 1969, in Athens Alabama to Earline Reedus and the late David Lewis Reedus, Sr.

John confessed hope in Christ in his late twenties. Although he did not attend church services regularly, he enjoyed listening to ‘old school’ gospel songs and sermons. One of his favorite gospel artists was Shirley Caesar. His favorite sermon from her was ‘Hold My Mule’ which he listened to many times.

After graduating from Walnut Ridge High School, John worked several years for the Quikrete company alongside his late father David Lewis Reedus, Sr., and late uncle James Eddie Reedus, Sr. After his time with Quikrete, he transitioned over the years and worked for several other companies as a Forklift Driver which he enjoyed.

John enjoyed spending his time reading, watching action movies, news, and sports. John was a huge fan of football and basketball, but his all-time passion was watching his beloved Dallas Cowboys. He knew the name of every player and memorized every play stat possible and could easily share them with you no matter what. When it came to basketball, he shared a love for so many players that it was hard for him to name a favorite. John’s greatest love was for his family! He loved talking to his family and loved talking about his family. Whether it was his siblings -including his “grafted in brother” Mark Gordon – his children or his grandchildren, everyone could always count on an early morning text from him that started out “Good Morning Family!” or his yearly “Happy Birthday!” call that everyone knew was coming John also shared a love for ‘soul food’! He could cook, but he was particularly good at talking everyone else into cooking his favorites.

John loved to laugh, sometimes to a fault where others would just want him to get serious. But from the time he was five years old, his laugh could be heard through the entire neighborhood. If nothing else, you could always count on him to make you smile.

John was preceded in death by his father, David Lewis Reedus, Sr.; brothers, Larry Donnell Reedus and David Lewis Reedus, Jr.; and sisters, Betty Faye Sorrell, Jacqueline Lyvonne Reedus, and Janet Hope Reedus.

John leaves others to cherish his memories, four daughters, Shila Janay Reedus, Shylane Jasmine McIntyre, Johnna Breanne Reedus, and Adrian Renee Saunders; two sons, John Fitzgerald Saunders and Julius Lamar McIntyre; nineteen (19) grandchildren and one (1) on the way; mother, Earline Reedus; one sister, Patricia Reedus; one brother, Derrick (LaTashia) Reedus Sr.; sisters-in-law, Benita Reedus and Wanda Jones Reedus; uncles, Ben (Sandra) Baker and Elbert Lee Williams; aunts, Bettie Jordan, Corine (William Sue) Bridgeford, Mattie Pearl McAphee, Mary Washington, and Lucille Reedus; one great aunt, Ms. Mattie Vance; and a host of nieces, nephews, and other relatives.

Visitation 9:00 AM and Funeral Service 10:00 AM Saturday, April 16, 2022 at MARLAN J. GARY FUNERAL HOME, THE CHAPEL OF PEACE NORTH 2500 Cleveland Ave.

Interment at Evergreen Burial Park.

Condolence Messages

  1. We would like to extend our condolences to the family.
    Continue to rely on God and know that he hears your prayers, because he cares for you. With caring thoughts.

  2. Larry Williams

    Condolences to the Reedus family.


  4. Dwayne and Lisha West

    Condolences and Prayers to the entire Reedus family. May God comfort you during this difficult time.

  5. Norma j8mmison

    Praying for the family. John will be missed by all that loved him. Norma Reedus Jimmison, Cleveland Ohio.

  6. Kenny & Yolanda Plair

    Derrick & Tashia,

    May your Heavenly Father be with you and your family, during your time of need. Lifting you up in prayer that you may feel the peace, comfort, and love of God during this time of mourning. I know these past few months has been a challenge for your family, but just keep trusting in God and He will carry you through.

    Love, blessings, & prayers,
    Kenny & Yolanda

  7. Charletta Byrdsong

    I Knew John Since Our Middle School Days, Hadn’t Seen Or Heard From Him Years, Great Guy Indeed He Kept Us Laughing Everyday!!
    To The Reedus Family In Know You Have Loss A Great One, But Remember Weeping May Endure For A Night But Joy Comes In The Morning, Be Blessed❤

  8. Wow!!! My 12/11/1969 brother frm another!!!
    U will truly b missed here on earth but welcomed within God’s reals and grace 2 serve as his Angel. My Condolences 2 Family.

  9. My condolences. John was one of my first real friends meaning he was a friend without attachment. I’m gonna miss you

  10. Lisa m sellers

    J o hn reedus your one of a Kind

  11. Muriel Hawkins
    To the Reedus Family,Iwill always remember John from Blake Ave.please stay strong. Scott,s mom

  12. I was so sorry to hear this…when I got the call from one of our mutual friends.
    What’s ironic is….I always rely on this friend , when I want to find out about someone. He always seems to know stuff like that .
    I was gonna ask him about John , and another one of our old school mates from back in the day . I can’t believe this…especially since he had been on my mind .
    I been knowing John since 2nd grade (1977) . I have a lot of laughs and memories from our years around each other .
    May GOD (Psalms 83:18) comfort all the grieving of his dear family and friends > through Jesus Christ (2 Corinthians 1:3-7).
    We look forward to GOD’S promise to end ALL things that cause us pain and suffering > including DEATH (Revelation 21:3-5)

  13. Wanda Jones Reedus

    Praying for peace and healing for John’s children and grandchildren. Sending love to the entire Family! Psalm 23

    Love you all much!

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