Mike Reynolds, 65, of 327 Ford Street, Eden, NC died Friday, June 1, 2012 surrounded with love by his wife, daughter and son.
Funeral services will be held at 11 AM on Thursday, June 7, Draper Christian Church. Burial will follow in Danview Cemetery.
Mike's last battle was fought with honor and dignity, just as he lived his life. He was a 3 tour IUWG (Inshore Undersea Warfare Group) Vietman Veteran, and was awarded 2 Bronze Stars. He completed SERE Training (Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape) and was proud to be an American, who voluntarily served his country with Honor. Mike was an ASA (Amateur Softball Association), and NSA (National Softball Association) Umpire, officiating in numerous state and world softball tournaments. He loved softball and spent most of his life playing, watching or officiating the sport. He was an honest man who always stood up for what he believed in. Those that know Mike, knew he was a man of his word and loyal to his beliefs.
Mike received numeorus commendations throughout his life. in 1999, he was awarded the first ever Heroism Award by the Eden Fire Department for saving the life of his neighbor. Mike believed if you saw someone in need, help out, especially if they could not help themselves. In 2000, he was awarded the NCDOC (NC Department of Corrections) Officer of the Year Award.
Mike was a devoted husband and father. He married Linda Minter in 1968 and has spent the past 43 years as her husband and best friend. Mike loved his family. His children and grandchildren were the the world to him.
He was predeceased by his mother, Pauline Navey Reynolds.
He is survived by his wife, Linda of the home; daughter, Lisa Desmond and husband, Shay of Kernersville; son, Ryan Reynolds and wife, Tiara of Belews Creek, grandson, Cian Desmond, granddaughter, Clara Desmond, and grandson, James Reynolds; aunts, Corinne McBride of Eden and Anne Clark of Danville, VA; sisters-in-law, Donna Minter of Charleston, SC and Karen Lunsford of Eden; brother-in-law, Mike Minter of Eden; and father-in-law, Frank Minter of Eden.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday evening, 6 - 8 PM at Fair Funeral Home and other times at his home.
Online condolences may be made to the family at www.fairfuneralhome.com
Rest In Peace Mike ! Sympathy, Prayers & Peaceful Comfort for the Family ! Cheri
Very sorry to hear of Mike's passing. My sympathies go out to his family.
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time.
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Linda and Family, We are sorry for your loss of Mike and our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Eleanor, Marion & Beverly
Marion Cochran Mize
Linda I am so sorry for your loss. I have stood where you are standing today and I know what you are going through. Lisa I know also how it feels to lose your dad and my heart goes out to you. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. The coming days and months will be hard but I promise God will get you through it. If you need anything please don't hesitate to ask.
I grew up with Mike in Draper and played alot of sports with him. We even double-dated a few times in Jr. High. I enjoyed his friendship and his competitive spirit. I have not been in touch with him since high school. Skippy and I were in high school with Mike. Sounds like he led a full life serving his wife, family, community, and country . We will both be praying for his family.
Wade and Skippy Carter
Lisa, I am so sorry to hear of your fathers passing. I am praying God's peace and comfort surround you and your family today and in the days ahead.
Kim (Hedgepeth) Cruise
Linda, my thoughts are with you and your family. Mike and I had a long history of ball-playing, working at Underwood Motors and being in Vietnam at the same time. We had a timeless friendship that suited he and I and I will always have that in my heart.
Linda and Lisa,I was sorry to hear of your husband and fathers passing. He had a lot of experiences for you to take pride in. Please know that both of you and your entire family are in my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.
I played many a softball game with Mike officiating behind the plate. It was an unspoken rule that no one was to question Mike's calls or would even have the nerve to. I always enjoyed the games Mike was a part of. He will truely be missed!
My Prayers are with you at this most difficult time.
Linda, Lisa, and Ryan:
We are truly sorry to hear of Mike's passing. May God grant you peace and comfort during this difficult time. Sincerely,
Chris, Allison, and Emily
Chris, Allison, and Emily Turner
sorry for your lost mike will be missed. i enjoyed softball and working with mike at sara lee. prayers are with all of the family.
Linda , lisa And Family
We are so sorry for your loss. Cherish the memories of your life together.You and your family will be in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. God Bless.
Donnie & Teri Scott
May God comfort you during this time of life, wrapping his loving spirit around you, fulfilling the emptiness and void you feel.
Linda so sorry for your lost praying for your family. RIP MIKE
I got out of the Army in Aug. 1974. I returned to my job at Knit Away, where I worked for Mike! He was a man I have always had great respect for!If you were right, he would have your back till the end, if you were wrong, then you know Mike! He will be missed, but never, ever forgotten!
Bobby Huff, Eden N. C.
Dear Linda & family, I was so sorry to hear that Mike had passed away. It has been a long time since we've seen him but have many fond memories of our growing up in Draper together. You and your family will be in our thoughts and prayers.
Laura & Bill Horsley
Sorry to here of Mike's passing. May you find comfort in your memories and in the support of your family and friends at this sad time. You're in our thoughts and prayers. Dock and Cheri Gilley
Linda, Family, and Friends:
So sorry to learn of Mike's passing. I worked with both, Mike and his Mother, Pauline many years ago at Fieldcrest Bedspread Finishing Mill. May the Lord grant you comfort and peace at this difficult time. Thinking of you.
Sorry for your loss. My deepest sympathies to the family.
Hello, my name is Ashley. I did not know Mike personally, but I wanted to express my deepest sympathy for your loss. At times like this, I have found Jesus Christs' words at John 5:28,29 to be very comforting where he promised that "the hour is coming when all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out...to a resurrection of life." We also have the comforting assurance at Revelation 21:3,4 that soon "God will wipe out every tear from our eyes and death will be no more, neither will mourning, nor outcry, nor pain be anymore." I just wanted to share something encouraging that has helped my family in times of loss. You will be in my prayers.
Linda, so sorry to hear about Mike - You & your family are in my prayers
Linda and Lisa, so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are
with you.Brenda and Jack Hearne
Brenda Scott Hearne
So sorry to hear of Mikes passing. He umpired a lot of my ballgames growing up and I will always remember him. Your family is my prayers
Tammy Chumley Joyce
Linda and Lisa,
You and your family are in my prayers. May God comfort you at this time.
Deepest Sympathies from the Frank Underwood family.
Mike was a good friend to all in our family. When my dad(Frank) passed in 1994, Mike was one of the first people to come to our house and ask what we needed. He and my oldest sister Cheryl, and my cousin Freddy Brady all grew up together. I played a lot of softball games that Mike umpired and spent time talking with him at the park. My cousin Kenny McGuire loved Mike, and loved to pick with him when we were teenagers. Mike was one of our favorite characters, kind of like a legend to us, in Draper lore. He will be missed!
Mark Underwood & the Frank Underwood Family
Linda, Lisa and Ryan.... we are so sorry to hear of Mike's passing. We always tried to meet up with him when we visited Eden...... May the memories you have of Mike comfort you during this time....
God Bless you!!
Steve, Cathy and Monica Navey.....Cincinnati OH
Steve and Cathy Navey
Linda, I am so sorry for your loss. Remembering you and your family in my prayers.
Sarah Talley Pierce
My thoughts and prayers are with the family. I have been friends with Lisa for many years and have known Mike for a long time. He will be greatly missed.
There is no way to lessen the sorrow of losing a loved one. Please be reminded that others care very much and hope you have strength and comfort at this sorrowful time. (Psalm 34:18; Psalm 55:22; 1 Thess. 5:17)
Happy Fathers Day Daddy! i Love u and Miss u so much!