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James A. "Burr" Reynolds

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James A. "Burr" Reynolds Obituary
James A. "Burr" Reynolds, 84, passed away peacefully at home Sunday, Feb. 21, 2010.
Services are Saturday, Feb. 27, 2010, at 12:30 p.m. at Laurel Land Memorial Chapel. Interment will take place at Laurel Land Memorial Park of Fort Worth, Texas. Visitation is from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at Laurel Land Funeral Home.
Donations in his memory may be sent to the Lewy Body Dementia Association, Box 451429, Atlanta, GA 3145.
James was born Dec. 31, 1925, in Bristow, Okla., to J.D. and Maude Reynolds. He attended schools in Oklahoma and West Texas, graduating from Odessa High School. At Odessa High School, he was extremely proud of his athletic achievements, excelling in football and track and participating in the first West Texas Relays, where he was the leading point producer.
James proudly served in the U.S. Army in World War II. After being drafted, he was sent to Europe where he was promoted to the rank of sergeant and served as the squad leader of a machine gun unit. He fought in the Battle of the Bulge. After being discharged from the Army, James married his first wife, Mary Elizabeth "Betty" Mauck, and returned to college and earned a degree from Sul Ross State University. As the quarterback he earned unanimous choice all-conference honors.
Burr was a teacher and a coach, and worked in many West Texas and New Mexico towns. After leaving the education profession, he became a successful insurance executive, managing several companies in the Fort Worth area.
After the death of his first wife in 1973, he later married Sue Keeton in Parsons, Tenn. He then owned and together they operated Reynolds Insurance Agency for many years prior to his retirement. He was a strong-willed, independent man who will be missed by all.
James was preceded in death by his parents John David and Maude; brothers John and Charles; and his first wife, Betty.
Special thanks to the online support group for the Lewy Body Dementia, who supported Sue throughout this long journey, his care provider, Bea, and thanks to the wonderful care and support provided by Odyssey Hospice, in particular, his special nurse Dorothy, his SW Mary Ellen, Chaplain John Charles and HHA Hilda. You have all truly been blessings to this family.
He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Sue; sister Mary Francis Evans, of Alamogordo; children and their spouses Ted and Angela Reynolds, of Cleburne, Charles and Tammy Reynolds, of Burleson, Susie and Randy Satterwhite, of Portland, Charlotte and Mike Rhodes, of Puryear, Tenn., and Dale Woodruff, of Springfield, Ore.; 17 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Feb. 24 to Mar. 10, 2010
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