John Carroll Reynolds
8/28/1930 - 8/29/2020

John 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 60 years.

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.




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