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Tom Reynolds Jr., age 99, a retired firefighter and lieutenant of the city of Abilene, Texas, and an experienced log home builder, died Wednesday, July 3, 2024, at the Valley Nursing Center in Alexander County. He was born Tuesday, May 5, 1925, in Anson Jones County, Texas.

Tom was a proud veteran who served his country in World War II as a machine gunner in the U.S. Navy. He dedicated his life to serving and protecting others, both in the military and as a firefighter. His courage and dedication will always be remembered by those who knew him. Aside from his outstanding career, Tom will be fondly remembered by many as a good friend and neighbor. His kind and generous nature touched the lives of all whose path crossed his.

In addition to his military and professional achievements, Tom had a wide range of hobbies and interests that he enjoyed throughout his life. From gardening to farming, hunting to fishing, he found solace in the beauty of nature. He was also known for his talents as a poet, musician, and singer, showcasing his creativity and passion for the arts.

Tom was predeceased by his parents Thomas Berry Reynolds and Annie Era McCoy Reynolds, his wife Bessie Sneed Reynolds, his daughter Bonnie Lou Evan, and his siblings Lenard Reynolds, Goldie Taylor, Era Petkins, and Sylvia Melton.

He is survived by his children: Connie Reynolds of Taylorsville, NC; Johnny Reynolds (Doris) of Taylorsville, NC; Sharon Ann Reynolds (Jack Mackey) of Ignacio, Colo.; Dale Reynolds (Carla) of Humboldt, Tenn.; Jewel Meadows of Ignacio, Colo.; 13 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren, and numerous great-great grandchildren. He also leaves behind a number of nieces, nephews, and other family members who will forever cherish his memory.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch – Amarillo Office, 600 SW 11th Ave., Amarillo, TX 79101.

Tom Reynolds Jr.’s legacy will live on through the love he showed for his family, friends and community. May he rest in peace knowing he had a significant impact on all whose lives he touched.

The organization of the funeral was entrusted to the Alexander Funeral and Cremation Service.

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