NEW BERN - Retired Gunnery Sergeant Jeffrey Ivan Reynolds Jr., 46, of New Bern, passed away January 11, 2013, at Vidant Medical Center.
He was born July 31, 1966, in Sacramento, California. Immediately following graduation in 1984 from Mira Loma High School in Sacramento, he joined the United States Marine Corps and honorably gave his country 20 years of military service. Retired Gunnery Sergeant Reynolds was a decorated Marine who served on numerous deployments and overseas tours. He was a stellar Marine and a wonderful asset to the EA6 community. Upon retirement in 2004, Jeff began an enjoyable second career with NAVAIR JDRS Clearing House on base Cherry Point as a Systems Analyst where he continued to work until his death. Jeff was a member of Asbury United Methodist Church where he proudly served as vice-president of the United Methodist Men, served as an usher, and also served on numerous committees.
Jeff was a giving man with a heart of gold. He was often times called a "gentle giant" by those that knew him best. He loved God and so often helped those around him just as God's word taught. Jeff also had an insatiable desire to make others laugh. Whether it be his quick wit, a practical joke, or some type of term of affection, he knew how to make those around him smile and he enjoyed it so. Jeff was known as a sports enthusiast as well and always enjoyed a game whether on the radio, television, or in person. He has been most proud over the last few years as he has watched his favorite childhood team, the San Francisco Giants, go on to win the World Series twice. Jeff built a legacy of integrity, loyalty, and love. He has been an inspiration to his family and will be remembered as a wonderful son and grandson, a loving husband and father, and as sweet "Baboo" to his granddaughter, Kinsley, whom he adored.
Family and friends are invited to attend a service to celebrate Jeff's life at 1 p.m. Saturday, January 19, 2013, at Asbury United Methodist Church, Cove City. He will be laid to rest immediately following the service in the church cemetery with full military honors to be presented by the United States Marine Corps.
Jeff is survived by his wife, Michele of New Bern; his mother, Linda Thormod Monahan and husband Michael of Sacramento, California; his grandparents, Leonard and Johanna Thormod, of Granite Bay, California; daughter, Amy S. Howard and husband Allen of Dover; son, Cody and wife Allison; granddaughter, Kinsley Michele Howard; an aunt and uncle, nieces, a nephew, numerous cousins, and a host of very special friends. He was preceded in death by his grandparents John and Jessie Reynolds.
The family will receive friends immediately following the service at the church and at other times at the home. For those considering memorial contributions the family suggests they be made in Jeff's memory to Asbury United Methodist Church Benevolent Fund or to the Wounded Warrior Project.
Friends may share condolences and sign the online guest book by visiting www.pollockbest.com.
Arrangements are by Pollock-Best Funerals & Cremations.