Richard Reynolds

Richard Reynolds

Richard Reynolds, 85, of Anna, died Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2023, at his home. 

He was born on April 13, 1938, in Jonesboro, the son of Robert L. and Sarah Viola Burns Reynolds. 

He married Emma Cobb on Nov. 5, 1971. She preceded him in death on Jan. 31, 2022. They cherished 50 years together.

Mr. Reynolds is survived by his children, Mary Beth (Jimmy) Kerber of Morley, Mo., Rodney (Lisa) Cobb of Ledbetter, Ky., Greg Reinier of Jonesboro, John R. (Rene) Robinson of Rosiclare and Dexter (Heather) Reynolds of Jonesboro; grandchildren Jordan and Jeremy Cobb, John Kenneth and Lily Robinson, Carson and Reese Reynolds and Michael (Riley) Wheeler; numerous great-grandchildren; two brothers, Bon (Linda) Reynolds of Jonesboro and George (Trudy) Reynolds of Oxford, Miss.; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. 

He was preceded in death by his wife, Emma Reynolds; his parents; and six siblings, Sue Reynolds, Jim Reynolds, Carroll Reynolds, Lillian Hartline, Linda Roach and Robert Reynolds.

Mr. Reynolds came from a humble beginning, traveling with his family as migrant workers throughout the central United States. 

In 1985, he became the general manager of the Laborer’s International Union of North America, LIUNA, Local 773. Throughout the years, he held many positions with LIUNA.

He was a member of Faith Community Church in Anna, serving 22 years as associate pastor. He was an avid reader, especially the Bible, reading it from cover to cover over 50 times. He memorized many complete chapters. He was also a poet, writing poetry his entire life, eventually publishing a book containing one thousand of his favorite poems.

Memorial services for Richard Reynolds will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 6, at Faith Community Church at 101 Richview Dr. in Anna, with the Rev. Ron White and the Rev. Bon Reynolds officiating. 

Memorials can be made to Faith Community Church. Envelopes will be available at the church. 

Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna is assisting the family with arrangements.

To view the obituary and to leave online condolences for the family, visit 

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