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Dec. 18, 1940—Feb. 27, 2016 Joe Edward Reynolds entered eternity to be with his Savior Jesus Christ on Feb. 27, 2016. He is survived by his wife, Charlotte; daughters, Nancy Carol Teeters (Mitchell) and Patricia Lynn Speich (Michael); granddaughters, Brittany Teeters, Chloe Speich and Emmie Speich; and grandson, Jacob Teeters. He was born to William Holland Reynolds and Hattie Sue Wheat Reynolds on Dec. 18, 1940, in Parsons, TN. Early lessons learned from growing up in the 1950s in Decatur County were that there were no free lunches and work was required for success in life. Joe graduated from Parsons High School in 1958. After high school, Joe enlisted in the U.S. Navy, primarily as a member of Fleet Aircraft Support Squadron 104 located in Port Lyautey, Morocco, and Rota, Spain. He earned the rank of AT2 (E-5). Upon returning home, Joe enrolled in the University of TN Martin. There he met Charlotte Stout and they were married Dec. 18, 1965, at First Baptist Church in Martin. Two daughters were born to this union, Nancy Carol and Patricia Lynn. Joe was a career employee of the Tennessee Valley Authority having worked at a number of TVA facilities. The last years of his working career were spent at Watts Bar Nuclear Plant. In his retirement years he was involved in several civic endeavors, namely as a member of the Art Circle Public Library Board and chairman of the building committee during construction of the new facility. He served as chairman of the Cumberland County Tax Equalization Board, member of the Meadow Park Lake Commission and was a voting election worker for a number of elections. He was a long time member of the American Legion Post 163 and served as an officer in several positions. He was a member of Lt. William P. Quarles Sons of the American Revolution and served as vice president. Joe and Charlotte enjoyed traveling. The highlight of Joe’s travels was a visit to Israel that included a number of Biblical sites in and around Jerusalem. Joe was a member of the Cumberland Homesteads Baptist Church having taught a men’s Sunday school class for a number of years. Memorial service will be held at Cumberland Homesteads Baptist Church on Saturday, March 12. The remains were cremated and the ashes will be interned in Arlington National Cemetery Columbarium. In lieu of flowers donations should be made to the St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Cumberland Homesteads Baptist Church, or your local library or a charity of your choice. Bilbrey Funeral Home, Inc. (www.bilbreyfh.com) was in charge of the arrangements.
Published on  March 7, 2016
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