|Larry "Joe" Reynolds
1007 Stone Shore Street
Mount Pleasant, Texas 75455
Home: (903) 717-8608
Cell: (720) 393-0344
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I, Larry Joe Reynolds, the first child of Joe Duagan Reynolds and Sallie Loretta Dawson, was born at home in Caddo Mills, Hunt County, Texas on Tuesday, June 19, 1945. I was a very small baby, weighing only 5 pounds and 0 ounces and was 1 foot, 6 inches long. I was raised and educated in Greenville, Hunt county and Mt. Pleasant, Titus county, Texas.
At the age of seventeen I dropped out of school in the ninth grade and enlisted into the United States Army on March 27, 1963. I spent twenty one years in the Army, earning my bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration during my spare time, and retiring at the rank of Master Sergeant.
My primary duties while in the military was that of a Nuclear Weapons Specialist and then an Army Recruiter and Recruiting First Sergeant. During my enlistment I was able to visit all 50 states and 37 different countries. Among my highest achievements were the Army Achievement Medal, three awards of the Army Commendation Medal, two awards of the Meritorious Service Medal and the Gold Recruiting Badge with three Stars Sapphire.
While stationed at Fort Riley, Kansas I met and married Julia Marie Champ, the daughter of Ernest Dean Champ and Alice Marie Wells. Julie was born on September 15, 1948, in Junction City, Geary County, Kansas. We were married in Mt. Pleasant, Titus county, Texas at the Old Union Baptist Church on December 26th, 1966, by Rev. Brother James N. Bell, Jr.
Julia gave birth to our first child, Lawrence Joseph Reynolds, II on May 9, 1968, in Cleveland, Cuyahoga county, Ohio, while I was stationed with the Army in Turkey as a Nuclear Weapons Specialist. Lawrence was over a month old before I got the letter telling of his birth and almost three months old before I got to see him upon my return from Turkey.
Their second child, Angela Marie Reynolds was born in Arlington, Tarrant county, Texas on November 11th, 1971 where her father, Larry Joe was stationed as a U.S. Army Recruiter. The day she was born I was involved with a recruiting promotion where I had the U.S. Army Motorcycle team perform in the town. The headlines of the Arlington Newspaper read, for November 11th, the date of her birth, "Staff Sergeant Joe Reynolds welcomes Army Easy Riders to Arlington".
After retirement from the Army I worked for several companies in the Arlington area. I was the Executive Vice-President of Great Southwest Builders & Supply, Inc. of Grand Prairie, Texas when I left the private sector and went to work for the State of Texas with the Texas Department of Human Services in Mt. Pleasant, Titus County, Texas.
I had only been with the Texas Department of Human Services for 13 months when I was selected to take over as Supervisor of the office in Canton, Texas. After fourteen months I was transferred back to Arlington, Texas to take over the office there. After five years with the Department of Human Services, I once again returned to the private sector.
In 1996 I once again returned to the State of Texas employment when I accepted the position of Assistant Regional Manager with the Texas Workforce Commission in Longview, Texas. I continued to work for the Workforce Solutions East Texas as the Senior IT person after the Workforce Centers were privatized in 1998 and continued to work there until my retirement on April 1, 2011.
My wife of 43 years passed away on March 14, 2010 in Tyler, Smith county, Texas of a sudden stroke and brain hemorrhage. Several months after her death I got a call from Keithrie O'Neal (Vander) Jenkins, Keesie, a very good friend of ours was looking for her old friend Julie, with whom she hadn't spoken to in over 30 years. Keesie's husband Gerry and I worked together as Army Recruiters over 40 years ago and we were not only neighbors but very good friends.
When I told Keesie that Julie had passed she informed me that Gerry had died of cancer on September 15, 2003, We talked for a very long time on the phone that night and then started corresponding by e-mail and text messages. One thing let to another and Keithrie O'Neal Vander Jenkins, the daughter of Van Buren Vander and Irma Leona Bailey and I were wed in a small ceremony on January 21, 2011 in Pittsburg, Camp County, Texas.
We moved to Aurora, Colorado after my retirement but in October 2011 we also purchased a home in Mount Pleasant, Texas. We plan to spend our winters in Texas and our summers in Colorado.
My interest includes genealogy, computers, genealogy, writing, genealogy, working on his new home, and genealogy.
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