Carroll Reynolds of Greenville, Texas went to be with his Lord and Savior on
Saturday, August 29, 2020, one day after his 90th birthday. He was
honored on Friday, August 28th, with a car parade of family and friends. What
an incredible send off he was given.
Visitation will be Thursday, September 3, from 12:00-4:00 p.m. at Coker-Mathews
Funeral Home in Greenville. A graveside service will be held Friday,
September 4, at 10:30 a.m. at Memoryland Memorial Park in Greenville, Texas
with Rev. Candice Womack and Rev. Chris Campbell officiating.
John was born in Dripping Springs, Texas on August 28, 1930, to the late Rev.
John William Reynolds and Mary Lena Stutts Reynolds. John married Valarie
Ann Williams on January 1, 1953, in Tyler, Texas. They were married for
51 years. John graduated from John Tyler High School. He received his
Associate of Arts degree from Tyler Junior College, his B.S. degree in
Education and English from East Texas State University, and his M.S. degree in
Natural Sciences from Oklahoma State University.
John and Valarie moved to Bellville, Texas, in 1953 where John was a high
school science teacher. They moved to Greenville in 1958 where he taught
Physics and Biology at Greenville High School. On June 1, 1960 he began
his career at TEMCO, now L-3. John was a Systems Engineer, served as
Director of Project Engineering, was named Employee of the Year, and was the
founder and first President of the E-Systems Retiree Club. He retired in 1993
but remained a consultant for L-3 until 2013. He organized the first Big
Safari Reunion for those in the Air Force and Raytheon/L-3.
John was elected to the Greenville School Board for two terms where he served
as Vice President and President. He wrote the policy for the Multi-Sensory Learning
Center that he and his late wife, Valarie, helped establish at First
Presbyterian Church, now United Presbyterian Church. He had a personal
relationship with Jesus and his faith was reflected in his character. He passed
on this legacy to his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. He was
an elder, a deacon, and served on the board of directors and many committees.
He loved his church family and was a member of United Presbyterian Church for
John was named the 2002 Worthy Citizen of Greenville, a Charter Member of the
Hunt County Appraisal District Board, a two-time member of the Greenville
Charter Revision Committee, a Charter member and Chairman of the Greenville
Electric Utility Board of Directors, Chairman of the GEUS Board, and the
Selective Service System Local Board. He was a Charter Member and past
President of the Greenville Daybreak Rotary Club and was twice named
Outstanding Rotarian of the Year.
John was a member of the Northeast Texas Boys and Girls Club, and the Air Force
Association. He worked with the United Way, American Cancer Society, the
Salvation Army, the Greenville Entertainment Series and Dallas Symphony, and
CLEAN Greenville. He served on the Greenville Club Lake Board of
Directors. He was elected to the Hospital Board and appointed to the Hunt
County Memorial Hospital District Foundation Board.
John was a true patriot; he respected and loved his country. He was an Eagle
Scout. He served as President, Vice President, and Treasurer of the Audie
Murphy American Cotton Museum Board from 1996-2012. He was President of
the committee which created the Audie Murphy War Memorial. It was said of
John that he was the "go-to man". If you wanted something done,
go to John.
John was preceded in death by his wife, Valarie Ann Reynolds, sisters, Barbara
Brooks and Wanda Comer and husband Gene, brother-in-law Louis Williams and wife
Sandra. He is survived by his daughters, Carol Ann Smith and husband Carter,
Jane Rene' Colquitt and husband John. Grandchildren, Clint Carter Smith
and wife Natalie, Casey John Smith and wife Dana, Colin Pembroke Smith, Sarah
Jane Weisinger and husband Darrell, John Adam Colquitt, II and wife Tiffany,
and Rebecca Ann Colquitt, 7 great-grandchildren, one brother-in-law, James G.
Williams and wife Linda, and many nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers are Clint Smith, Casey Smith, Colin Smith, John Adam Colquitt, II,
Darrell Weisinger, and Joe Williams. Honorary Pallbearers are Dr. Timothy
Ellington, Dr. Jim Nicholson, and Ed McMeans.
John requested that memorials be made to the United Presbyterian Church
Building Fund, 5905 Stonewall St. Greenville, TX 75402 or the Hunt Regional
Healthcare Foundation, P.O. Box 1059, Greenville, TX 75403-1059.
Johnís warm smile, kind heart and
listening ear will be missed.