Robert (Bob) Wesley Reynolds, (Daddy), age 87, of Anderson, Texas, went home to be with the Lord on April 13, 2017.
Bob was born in San Antonio, Texas, to parents, Henderson (Harry) Robert and Ruth Dimmitt Reynolds on August 8, 1929.
He lived in Uvalde until he moved to La Pryor, Texas, where he grew up and graduated from La Pryor High School, as the valedictorian, in 1947. La Pryor is a small town and only had a few students, therefore, during football games, he played 6-man football and during halftime, he would play the saxophone in the band.
Daddy worked on the King Ranch in Kingsville, Texas, for a few summers while in High School, which was the beginning of his love for cattle ranching.
He attended Texas State University in San Marcus, Texas, and later transferred to Texas A&M to pursue an engineering degree, where he was a member of the Texas Aggie marching band and played the saxophone.
Bob served in the U. S. military as an Army Staff Sargent in the Korean War where he trained soldiers for combat.
After he was discharged, he started his career with Southwestern Bell Telephone Company. He began as a lineman and worked his way up to a department supervisor in the engineering department. In 1960, during hurricane Carla, Bob was out in the middle of storm ensuring that the communication lines were operable for Dan Rather, who was starting his own career as a reporter for channel 11. Another interesting time in his career occurred in South Texas on the movie set of the Alamo, where he had to ensure that there were no phone lines showing in the movie. It was here that he met and became friends with the star, John Wayne, who he shared many lunches with. His accomplishments include designing the underground communication systems for both NASA and the connecting tunnels of the hospitals in downtown Houston.
In 1985, Daddy retired, after 38 years with the phone company, and became a full-time rancher. He and Mozelle made their home in Anderson, Texas, where they raised registered polled Hereford, Red Angus, and other cross bred cattle.
In Anderson, Bob became active in the Grimes County Farm Bureau. He served as a member, a director, vice president, and president. He was honored as a lifetime member in 2012. During his tenure, he most enjoyed and was instrumental in providing high school seniors with farm bureau scholarships, enabling them to pursue their academic dreams.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents, Henderson (Harry) Robert and Ruth Demmitt Reynolds, his son, Mark Wallace Reynolds, his brother, Richard Dean Reynolds, and brother-in-law, Arthur Walsh Spear.
Bob's legacy continues through his loving wife and devoted care giver, Mozelle Miller Reynolds, their children, Joanna Louise Cooksey, and husband Walter Glenn Cooksey, Steven Michael Reynolds and wife, Belinda, Clarke Miller Reynolds, and wife, Rhonda.
Children from previous marriage, Robert (Bobby) Reynolds and wife, Barbara, Mary Gayle Hopp and Linda Breeden and husband, David.
Sister, Ruth Ellis Spear, and sister-in-law, Francis Reynolds.
Grandchildren, Toby Glenn Cooksey and wife, Jen, Joanna Michelle Fletcher and husband, Derek, Walter Michael Cooksey and wife Crystal, Stevie Michelle Reynolds, Erin Lovin, Stephanie Hopp, Stacey Hopp, Cole Miller Reynolds and Carly Rae Reynolds.
Great grandchildren, Alexandra, Colby, Carson, Cahan, Jaxson, Keegan, Meadow, and River Cooksey, and Zoey Ann Hopp. He also has a host of nieces and nephews.
The Reynolds family would like to express their thanks and gratitude to all of Bob's wonderful caregivers: Kathy Burzynski, Cynthia Collins, Donna Foxworth, LaDonna Heard, Sherri Heyman, Regina Lee, Shirley Loftin and JoAnn Williams. We also appreciate the support provided by the Brazos Valley hospice staff.
Thanks for all of the prayers and support from family and friends. Special thanks to Bill and Gloria Boehm and Joyce Boehm for their continued love and support to our family.
Graveside services will be held at 12:00 PM (noon) on Monday, April 17, 2017 at Oddfellow Cemetery in Anderson, Texas.
Full obituary may be viewed and memorial condolences made to the family at www.shmfh.com.
Published on April 14, 2017