Elmer Wade “Punkin” Reynolds, 89 of Star City passed away on September 26, 2019 at Gardner Nursing Center in Star City.
He was born on April 9, 1930 in Center, Mississippi and was the son of the late Henry Clay (Joe) and Myrtie Idella Nowell Reynolds.
Mr. Reynolds grew up in Attala County, Mississippi. In 1951, he joined the United States Air Force and served in the Korean Conflict and Vietnam War.
On August 6, 1952, Mr. Reynolds and Bobbie Ruth Carter were married in Kosciusko, Mississippi. They had just celebrated their 67th wedding anniversary.
While in the Air Force, Mr. Reynolds was stationed all over the world and the family moved every 12-18 months. Stateside, he was stationed in eight different states from one coast to the other.
In 1971, he retired from the Air Force. Afterwards, Mr. Reynolds spent 10 years working at the Pine Bluff Arsenal, retiring in 1993, for a total of 30 years of service to the United States Government.
Mr. Reynolds was a 60-year member of the Silver Bay, MN Taconite Masonic Lodge. In 2006, he was presented with the Cross of Military Service by the United Daughters of the Confederacy, William F. Slemons Chapter 977.
Mr. Reynolds was a member of Hickory Grove Baptist Church and was very active in securing a rural fire station in the Garnett Community. He enjoyed his family, especially his grands and great-grands. He also liked to fish and hunt.
Besides his parents, Mr. Reynolds was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Amanda Ruth Riley; son-in-law, Clinton “Butch” Riley; brother and sister-in-law, Edwin and Eleanor Reynolds; brothers-in-law, James Draper and Carlton (Ham) Dickerson.
Survivors include his wife, Bobbie Ruth Carter Reynolds; daughter, Deborah Reynolds Riley; son, Wade (Lisa) Reynolds; grandsons, Clayton Riley, Jonathan (Stefanie) Riley, Carter (Kacee) Reynolds, Jered Arrowood and Hayden Barbaree; great-grandchildren, Logan Riley, Gracie Riley, Jon Wesley Riley, Jensen Reynolds, Britten Reynolds and Laci Arrowood; sisters, Mavis Draper of Oxford, MS and Marie Dickerson of West, MS; and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, September 28, at 2 p.m. at Griffin Funeral Chapel with Bro. Bill Hilburn officiating. Visitation is Friday, September 27, from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be at Holly Springs Cemetery.
Pallbearers are Billy McGehee, Tommy McGehee, Billy Jack Curry, Norman Nichols, Mike McMillen and Danny Prevatte. Honorary pallbearers are grandsons.
Memorials may be made to Hickory Grove Baptist Church, 581 Keepsake Rd., Star City, AR 71667 or The Gideons International, PO Box 140800, Nashville, TN 37214-0800.