|Birth: ||Oct. 9, 1886|
|Death: ||Jun. 29, 1968|
Willie Clarence Reynolds was born Oct. 9, 1886, in Jellico, which at that time was a part of Dale County. He was educated at the Baptist Collegiate Institute in Newton in the early years of the 20th century and taught in a one-room school in Jellico for several years. Although he avoided teaching his future wife, he did have his two youngest sisters as students. They were quite sure that they would get special treatment since their brother was in charge and would undoubtedly be easier on them than on the other students. They were wrong: they would claim later that he was stricter on them than on anyone else in the school, and they thought he was mean!
Following his marriage in 1910, he found that teaching did not pay enough to support a wife and growing family, so he began farming. Although he made a living at this, farming was clearly not his first love, and his interests continued to be in books and learning. In the school year 1928-9 Jellico had advanced to a two-room schoolhouse. One of the teachers resigned and a replacement could not be found before the start of the school year, so the school board approached Will. They made an arrangement to assist him with his farm that year if he would fill in for the absent teacher. He returned to teaching while the board looked for a replacement, and he taught five of his own children that year.
In the last years of his life a series of small strokes cause his health to deteriorate. Following the death of his wife Pauline in April 1968, he had a massive stroke which caused him to be admitted to a nursing home in Enterprise where he died 8 weeks after his Pauline.
The Dothan Eagle, Monday, 01 JUL 1968
NEWTON - Funeral services for Willie C. Reynolds, 81, Newton Rt. 1, were to be today at 4:00 p.m at Johnson Brown Service Funeral Home Chapel. The Rev. Lewis Glover, pastor of Winslette Chapel United Methodist Church, was to officiate. Mr. Reynolds died Saturday night in an Enterprise nursing home after a long illness. A native of Dale County, he spent most of his life in the Jellico community of Houston County. He was a retired farmer and a member of the Winslette Chapel United Methodist Church. Survivors include three sons, George Reynolds, Dothan, Roy Reynolds, New Orleans, and Max Reynolds, High Point, NC; five daughters, Mrs. Bernell Morris, Dothan, Mrs. Kate Kamizuka, Newton Rt. 1, Mrs. Helen McIntyre, Enterprise, Mrs. Sue Douglas, Hueytown, and Mrs. Ruth Driskell, Bowling Green, Hardee Co, FL; a brother Ben H. Reynolds, Newton Rt. 1; two sisters, Mrs. Espy Hollis and Miss Annie Reynolds, Newton Rt. 1; 21 grandchildren and a great-grandchild.
William Jackson Reynolds (1862 - 1943)
Luray Virginia Lee Reynolds (1865 - 1942)
Mary Pauline Thomas Reynolds (1891 - 1968)*
George Mancil Reynolds (1911 - 1995)*
William Maxwell Reynolds (1916 - 1998)*
Bernell Reynolds Morris (1919 - 2007)*
Helen Reynolds Mcintyre (1922 - 2005)*
Benjamin Roy Reynolds (1924 - 2000)*
Kathleen Reynolds Simpkins (1926 - 2012)*
Infant Son Reynolds (1929 - 1929)*
Willie Clarence Reynolds (1886 - 1968)
Gus Cuthbert Reynolds (1888 - 1965)*
Robert Edward Reynolds (1894 - 1947)*
Ben Hugh Reynolds (1896 - 1969)*
Anna Lola Reynolds (1899 - 1986)*
Jellico Community Cemetery
Maintained by: Mary Louise Reynolds
Originally Created by: Marigay
Record added: May 18, 2004
Find A Grave Memorial# 8798069
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