Retired U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Charles James "Jim" Reynolds, 76, passed away peacefully on Monday, March 11, 2019, at his home, surrounded by his family.
A casual dress, graveside memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in Lynchburg. Visitation with the family will follow in the church fellowship hall.
Born on Jan. 25, 1943, in Grand Rapids, Michigan, he was the eldest of seven children of the late Charles and Thelma Rosenberry Reynolds. "Mr. Jim" retired from the Army after 20 years of service. He later retired from Santee Print Works after more than 20 years of employment. He also retired after 28 years as a volunteer firefighter with Pleasant Grove Station 4 and served with the Lynchburg EMS. He received an Associate of Arts degree from the University of the State of New York. He was an award-winning softball pitcher for the Armed Forces Softball League and later enjoyed helping to coach local youth, and he volunteered as an umpire for local recreational teams. He was a championship caliber bowler. Before his military service, he played minor league baseball for the Detroit Tigers and was a well-known Coca-Cola connoisseur. He enjoyed the outdoors, visiting with friends at the local store and spoiling his grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife, Julie Ann Phillips Reynolds; a daughter, Jenna (Chris) Windham of Turbeville; and two sons, Kenny Reynolds of Lynchburg and Danny (Karanena) Reynolds of Dalzell; three grandchildren, Gracie Reynolds, Carson Windham and William "Dub" Reynolds; a brother-in-law, William (Ellen) Phillips of Lynchburg; three sisters, Bonnie Deimel, Joyce Shaffer and Cheryl Crews, all of Coopersville, Michigan; and one brother, David Reynolds of Zepherhill, Florida.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Thelma Reynolds; two brothers, Dale and Kenny Reynolds; and his in-laws, WC and Lydia Phillips.
The family would like to recognize his special friends: Lena Phillips and family, Wayne and Joy Lynch, Annette Coker, Shirley Hickson, Kelley Floyd and the late Dennis Jans; and also his fur babies, Pepper and Baylee.
Memorials can be made to Dalzell Baptist Church, P.O. Box 68, Dalzell, SC 29040 and Pleasant Grove Station 4, (checks made to Cameron Phillips), 715 Pleasant Grove Road, Lynchburg, SC 29080.
Floyd Funeral Home of Olanta is in charge of arrangements.
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