Perrin Reynolds, 91, of Gainesville died Monday, March 3, 2014.
He was born to the late Reuben and Julia Reynolds on May 1, 1922, in Clanton, Ala. He grew up in Clanton with his brothers, Reuben Jr. and Hubbard Reynolds. During WWII
, Mr. Reynolds proudly served in the Navy during WWII as a weatherman and cryptoanalyst. He attended Birmingham Southern and Virginia Polytechnic Institute and ultimately graduated from Georgia Tech with a degree in Civil Engineering.
He married Jane Sims, the love of his life, Oct. 7, 1950, and they began their life together in Atlanta. Mr. and Mrs. Reynolds then moved to Gainesville to accept employment with Laudermilk Insurance in 1951. Together with many other beloved Gainesville couples, the Reynoldses enjoyed several years of young married life in the Moss Hill apartments on Forrest Avenue. They built a home on Tall Oaks Drive (a street which they had the pleasure of naming) in 1959, which has remained the family home to this day.
In 1952, Mr. Reynolds partnered with Ed Parks and Earl Day to launch Day, Reynolds and Parks Insurance agency. He enjoyed a successful career with the agency that spanned over 30 years.
Mr. Reynolds loved the Gainesville community and was active in several organizations including Kiwanis, Rotary, the Chattahoochee Country Club, the Gainesville City School Board, the Wall Street Investors Club and First Baptist Church, where he cherished his longtime membership of The Anglers.
Many in Gainesville remember Mr. Reynolds for his golf game. A champion of the 1965 Gainesville City Tournament and many Member-Guest Tournaments in the Southeast, he was a proud supporter of Gainesville's courses and could be found on the links through his 90th year. As his many golf partners would attest, Mr. Reynolds exemplified his belief that the true character of a man could be known by his integrity on the course.
Perrin and Jane were revered in the community for their dedication to their family. Julie, Coleman and Ann, their three children, were blessed with loving and involved parents who truly gave their lives to the well-being of their family. Julie's physical disability required much extra care and attention, but the love and commitment with which Mr. and Mrs. Reynolds cared for her became a hallmark of their lives and a selfless example to the community around them.
Mr. Reynolds is survived by his son, Coleman Reynolds (wife Sally) of Gainesville; his daughter, Ann Barker (husband Larry) of Gainesville; his grandchildren, Andrea Sanders (husband Chris) of Detroit, Mich., Ginny Early (husband Nate) of Gainesville, John Barker of Chattanooga, Tenn., Peter Barker of Orange County, Calif., Coleman Barker of Scottsdale, Ariz., Jordan Barker, Finley Barker, Duncan Barker, Martin Sewell and Griffin Sewell of Gainesville; and by his great-grandchildren, Ella Early and Scarlett Early of Gainesville and Ava Sanders and Karis Sanders of Detroit, Mich.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Eagle Ranch, P.O. Box 7200, Chestnut Mountain, GA 30502 or First Baptist Church of Gainesville, 751 Green St., Gainesville, GA 30501.
A viewing will be held from 5-7 p.m., Friday at Memorial Park North Funeral Home. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in the chapel at First Baptist Church. Dr. Bill Coates will officiate. Interment in Alta Vista Cemetery.
Memorial Park North Riverside Chapel, 989 Riverside Drive, Gainesville, GA 30501. 770-297-6200 or for those who desire online condolences at www.memorialparkfuneralhomes.com.