The Rev. William J. Redmon, a retired Episcopal priest who had led churches in Baltimore and West Virginia, died Aug. 19 from dementia at Carino’s Quality Home Care in Palm Springs, Calif. The former Towson resident was 86.
William Jessie Redmon, a Baltimore native, was the son of John G. Redmon, a carpenter, and Myrtle Roe Greenhawk, a homemaker who was a full-blooded Cherokee.
Father Redmon, who was raised in the Hampden-Remington neighborhood, was a 1950 graduate of Baltimore City College, where he was a member of the swim and track teams, and where his record for the 440-yard dash stood for years, family members said.
From 1951 to 1952, he served in the Army in Germany and attained the rank of sergeant.
While attending the University of Baltimore, he worked for the Lee Electric Co., and in 1959 received a bachelor’s degree in accounting.
In 1963, he graduated from Bexley Hall Seminary at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio, and was ordained as an Episcopal priest that year in the Episcopal Diocese of West Virginia.
After serving at two mission churches, the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd and Olde St. John’s Episcopal Church, both in Follansbee, W.Va., Father Redmon was appointed rector in 1967 of Christ Episcopal Church in Fairmont, W.Va., where he was active in the anti-Vietnam War and civil rights movements.
Also, while living in Fairmont, Father Redmon was an assistant with the track and field program at Fairmont State University.
Father Redmon returned to Baltimore in 1975, when he was appointed assistant rector of the Episcopal Church of St. Michael and All Angels on St. Paul Street.
He later was the pastor at St. James Episcopal Church in Irvington, and was interim rector at the Episcopal Church of St. Katherine of Alexandria on Presstman Street at the time of his retirement in 1998.
He coached track at City College and also at Palm Springs High School.
“He saw this volunteer coaching as a form of youth ministry,” said a daughter, Tiphanie Joy Redmon of Towson.
The former Towson resident moved to Boston in 1998, and the next year married the former Caroline Janofsky and settled in Palm Springs.
In addition to participating in at least 15 Boston Marathons, Father Redmon ran in several Baltimore Marathons. He also enjoyed singing and was a member of the Chorus of the Chesapeake and was an original member of the Charm City Reunion, a quartet.
Plans for a memorial service are incomplete.
In addition to his wife and daughter, Father Redmon is survived by another daughter, Tariogh Noel Crawford of Pittsburgh; and a grandson. An earlier marriage to the former Amy Jean Walters ended in divorce.