Rev. William Reynolds

    The Rev. William Vance Reynolds, 77, of McCaysville, Ga., passed away Friday, April 13, 2018, at his home surrounded by his family.
    Rev. Reynolds was born Nov. 13, 1940, in Surrency, Ga., to the late John Henry Reynolds and Lois Johnson Reynolds.
    He was a Southern Baptist and a member of First Baptist Church McCaysville/Copperhill, active in the Baptist Men and on the committee for the Golden Nuggets senior ministry.
    Rev. Reynolds had the opportunity to participate in mission work on the Navaho Reservation at Four Corners, N.M., Jamaica and Tegucigalpa, Honduras. For the past 25 years, he had the opportunity through ChildFund International to sponsor two children, Carlos Reyes and Brayan Josue Perdomo Villanueva, who lived in Tegucigalpa, Honduras.
    He was a retired school teacher in Georgia, author of several historical books set in the south, a Southern Baptist minister and a faithful contributing writer of the “Reel Memories” column in the Fannin Sentinel for almost 10 years.
    He enjoyed part-time truck driving with his brother during the summers and Christmas vacations, and helped finance his college education working at night as a movie projectionist.
    Rev. Reynolds was an avid fisherman, read his Bible regularly, enjoyed research and leisure reading. He enjoyed watching old Westerns on television. He also enjoyed traveling throughout the United States with his family.
    Rev. Reynolds received his Associate in Science degree from South Georgia College, Douglas, Ga; Bachelor of Science and Masters in Education from Valdosta State University, Valdosta, Ga., and an education specialist degree from the University of Georgia, Athens, Ga.
    He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, John Reynolds and Loy Reynolds;  and sister, Annie Reynolds.
    He is survived by his wife, Joyce Sellers Reynolds of McCaysville, Ga.; daughters, Pamela Reynolds Williamson and husband Bruce Williamson of Marietta, Ga., and Eva Marie Reynolds of Marietta, Ga.; granddaughter, Joy Williamson of Portland, Ore.; grandson, Robby Williamson of Bismarck, N.D.; uncle, David L. Thomas of Baxley, Ga.; aunt, Mary Leggett of Baxley, Ga.; sisters-in-law, Sally Reynolds of Baxley, Ga., Kathryn Walton of Pooler, Ga., and Shirley Sellers and brother-in-law, Emory Sellers of Baxley, Ga.; one niece and five nephews also survive.
    Funeral services were conducted at 11 a.m. Monday, April 16, at First Baptist Church McCaysville/Copperhill with the Revs. Matthew McDaniel and G.W. Mathis officiating. Eulogies were given by Bruce Williamson and Pamela Reynolds Williamson. Music was provided by Clarence Burlingame, Ryan Norton, and Ed Vest. Interment followed in Crestlawn Cemetery. Pallbearers were Ernie Walton, Joey Milam, Larry Dilbeck, David Ballew, Donald Walton, David Brooks, Leroy Rigdon and Jerry Pack. Honorary pallbearers were members of First Baptist Church of McCaysville/Copperhill Baptist Men and Men’s Friendship Sunday School Class.
    The family visited with friends at the funeral home from 4-6 p.m. Sunday, April 15.
    Flowers were permitted but the family prefers that you send memorials in lieu of flowers. Memorials may be made to Child Fund International, 2821 Emerywood Parkway, Richmond, VA 23294, www.ChildFund.org, First Baptist Church of McCaysville/Copperhill-Capital Improvement Fund, P.O. Box 867, McCaysville, GA 30555, or a local charity of your choice.
    Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.akinsfuneralhome.com.
    Akins Funeral Home of Blue Ridge was in charge of arrangements.