The spirit of the Redden’s scholastic and entrepreneurial achievement and support of others lives on through the LR & BJ Redden Foundation.
LeRoy & Bessie Redden began their Education Careers in the 1940s. They served as teachers, mentors, and administrators in Wilson, Jones, Greene, and Pitt Counties. Mr. Redden earned his B. S. degree from A&T State University, while Mrs. Redden graduated from North Carolina Central University. Both were supportive of each other’s alma mater. In 1962, Mr. Redden earned a Master’s Degree in Education from North Carolina State University
Mrs. Redden began her career as a Music Teacher, but also taught English and Art Education courses during her 37 years as an educator. In addition, she played for numerous churches in Pitt and Wilson Counties. She also served as a founding Scout Leader for the first Girl Scout Troop formed at the former H. B. Sugg High School, along with the late Mrs. Betty Vines Dickens.
Mr. Redden began his teaching career at Greene County High School in Snow Hill, NC. He taught Industrial Arts and Agricultural Education, and also served as a County Extension Agent. He finished his Education Career at Farmville Central High School, where he served as an Assistant Principal. During the 1970s he entered politics and was elected the first African American Commissioner for the Town of Farmville. After retiring from his Education career, he formed a Cub Scout Troop in Farmville, along with Mr. Parker. This Troop earned numerous awards at each Jamboree it attended. They visited East Carolina University, and proudly participated in several Farmville Christmas Parades.
In addition to serving as educators and civic leaders, The Reddens were also entrepreneurs. They owned a dry cleaners, barber shop, and/or florist until 1985. They also helped other entrepreneurs get established; several are still in business today.
Please join me in honoring the life’s work of Bessie & LeRoy Redden by supporting the educational endeavors of future scholars, entrepreneurs, and social/civic leaders.
Lovingly Submitted by
Debra A. Redden– Daughter, Educator, Entrepreneur
In October of 2013, Debra Redden Founded The LR & BJ Redden Foundation to commemorate her parents, LeRoy & Bessie Redden honoring their immeasurable contribution to the Pitt, Green, and Wilson Counties community.
The LR & BJ Redden Foundation is a resource for high school students, parents and guardians, proactively supplying resources on workshops, scholarships, and internship opportunities. The foundation provides information that will help students discover enriching academic and career opportunities.