Harold B. "Whitey" ReynoldsFebruary 14, 1920 ~ June 19, 2017 (age 97)
Whitey would like for everyone to know that his work here on earth is done. He received a call from his Lord and Savior on the 19th of June at 12:05 a.m., a sort of offer that he couldn’t refuse, for an appointment for which he will not be returning. This divine appointment offered “out of this world” benefits, including a reunion with loved ones, but more importantly, an opportunity to meet his Jesus face-to-face and to offer Him unending praise. His new home is built on the streets of gold, where there is overflowing peace, joy beyond human comprehension, and eternal rejoicing. Pain, heartache, sickness, regret and suffering are not present, but eternal bliss is abundantly guaranteed. He departed his earthly life from the Alamance-Caswell Hospice Home, a peaceful place of rest before his final journey - his ascension into Heaven.
Whitey was truly a Valentine, having been born on February 14, 1920 in Callands, VA to the late Ora Isabelle Aaron Reynolds Wehry and William Edgar Reynolds. As a youngster born during the Great Depression, he began delivering groceries at a very young age, at which time the grocer nicknamed him “Whitey” because of his white hair. This nickname stuck with him for over nine decades, and few even knew him by his given name of Harold.
Whitey graduated top of his class from high school, and lived most of his life in Danville, VA until April 2017 when he relocated to Brookdale Assisted Living in Burlington, NC to be closer to his daughter. He retired from Dan River Mills as an Overseer in the Riverside Division, and was a member of Timberlake Baptist Church in Danville, VA. He always took pride in his yard, and enjoyed blue grass & gospel music, Joyce’s fabulous cooking, his cozy home, a good nap, and the Atlanta Braves, but most endearing to him was spending precious time with his family. Due to contracting Tuberculosis at the age of 21, he never imagined he would marry nor have children, but God saw differently. While recently hospitalized and reflecting back on his life, he told his daughter, “Life has been so good” and “I’m going to meet my Jesus”. Indeed, these are priceless words of comfort.
In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his loving son, Mark Anthony Reynolds (whose cremains will be entombed with him), a baby sister (Jacqueline, age 3 months), sister (Ruby Mae, age 6), half-sister, Dorothy Lorraine Atkins, and half-brother Jack Reynolds.
Whitey was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and friend. He is survived by his soul-mate and wife of 67 years, Joyce Adams Reynolds of Burlington, NC; daughter, Carol Reynolds Wynn (Mike) of Mebane, NC; grandchildren, Ryan and Emilee Woods of Mebane, NC; grand-daughter Ashley Reynolds Barta (Jim) of Hutchinson, KS; great-grandson Lucas Barta of Hutchinson, KS; half-sister Dorothy Jackson of Virginia Beach, VA; and half-brother Bill Reynolds (Annie Mae) of Danville, VA.
The family would like to thank the phenomenal and compassionate staff of 2A Cardiac Telemetry at Cone Health/Alamance Regional Medical Center, as well as all of the “angels on earth” who so lovingly cared for him at Hospice Home. Your loving care will never be forgotten.
A graveside service will be held at Highland Burial Park (North Main side) on Wednesday, June 21, 2017 at 2:00 p.m.. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Hospice, 914 Chapel Hill Rd, Burlington, NC 27215 or an animal rescue group of your choice.
Swicegood Funeral Service is respectfully serving the Reynolds family.
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