Rev. Lavelle Reynolds

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The funeral service for Reverend Lavelle Reynolds, 102, will be held on Thursday, March 9, 2017 at 2 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Lineville with the Rev. Dorothy Ann Webster, Dr. Hughey Reynolds and Sarah Corson officiating. Burial will follow in the Lineville City Cemetery. Rev. Reynolds passed away on Saturday, March 4, 2017 at the Lineville Health and Rehabilitation Center. He was born in Barfield on June 23, 1914 and reared in Lineville. On March 3, 1946 he married Imogene Bean, daughter of preacher Pembleton and Sally Bean. Lavelle was a farmer, one of the best John Deere tractor mechanics in the region, and a Methodist circuit riding preacher. He worked as chief mechanic for Lineville Gin and Fertilizer Company until it closed in the early 1970's. He then co-owned Equipment Service Company in Lineville, a John Deere Dealership and repair shop. He was called to the ministry and became a licensed Methodist preacher in 1957. Rev. Reynolds served circuits of churches for most of his ministerial career, serving a total of 24 congregations in Clay, Randolph, Tallapoosa, Coosa, and Chambers Counties. He was a part-time pastor until he sold the tractor business in 1976, so he and Imogene could serve churches full-time. He completed his ministerial studies to become an Ordained Deacon in 1968 and an Associate Member of the North Alabama Conference in 1978. He retired from the North Alabama Conference in 1984 but served churches in retirement until the late 1990s. Lavelle did farm custom work, prior to, and during WWII. He used his John Deere equipment to turn many of the hillside terraces in and around Lineville. He is remembered by churches as a loving and attentive pastor and for his sincere and sometimes long prayers. Rev. Reynolds was preceded in death by his parents, John Thomas Hughey and Inas Octavia Whatley Reynolds; his wife, Imogene Bean Reynolds; son, Roderick Lavelle Reynolds; his second wife, Eurla Langley Reynolds, and third wife, Edna Smith Reynolds. He is survived by his daughter-in-law, Barb Reynolds, of Opp; daughter, Carolyn Hill and her husband, Jimmy, of Carrollton, Ga; son, Hughey Reynolds and his wife, Sandy, of Decatur; and daughter, Charlotte Junkins and her husband, Wayne, of Northport. He is also survived by nine grandchildren, Pam Murphy, Dan White, Eric Reynolds, Christopher Reynolds, Whitney Yancey, Jonathan Reynolds, Kenny Whaley, Jonah Lewis, and Justin Lewis and 23 great-grandchildren. Visitation will be before the service on Thursday, March 9, 2017 from 12:30-2:00 p.m. at Lineville First United Methodist Church Pallbearers for the service are his grandsons. Anyone desiring to make memorial gifts may direct them to Lineville First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 175, Lineville, AL 36266 or to SIFAT attn: Diana at 2944 C. R. 113, Lineville, Al 36266. Send online condolences to Benefield Funeral Home in Lineville in charge of the arrangements.
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Published in The Anniston Star on Mar. 7, 2017
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