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Louis “Lou” Clyde Reynolds

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Louis “Lou” Clyde Reynolds, December 12, 1924-February 2, 2021   Born near Clear Creek, Tennessee, he was the son of Louis Alcain and Lelia Mae Jones Reynolds. Shortly after graduating Clinton High School, he enlisted, and as a Morse Code master, despite his height, over 6′, he requested service in the US Navy, aboard a submarine “it had better food.”  As part of the Greatest Generation, he served in WWII and the Korean War and later in life he was a proud member of local Sub Vets Perch Base and White Mountain Base. In 2016 he was selected for one of the last Honor Flights for WWII vets to Washington, DC. He also helped raise funds for the recently completed submarine memorial in Wesley Bolin Plaza.

Upon return from Korea he joined family in Phoenix where he met the love of his life, Bea, on a blind date. They were married a few months later.

He began his career at the Arizona Republic/Phoenix Gazette taking classified ads and rose to Director of Advertising. He was a respected and well-liked colleague as any who knew him could attest. He retired after 35 years and moved with Bea to the White Mountains of Arizona where they built and ran Deer Springs Inn for many years. They forged countless new friendships over these years, enjoying time with their guests around the campfire. At age 75, he earned an Associates Degree from the local college. Lou and Bea eventually moved to Avondale to be near family.

Lou was committed to civic and professional engagement throughout his life and served on the board or volunteered for: Toastmasters, Optimist Club, Junior Achievement, Little League, Phoenix Little Theater, Love Kitchen, White Mountain Symphony, and St. Mary’s Food Bank.

He enjoyed golf, bowling, R&G baseball, hunting, fishing, horseshoes and cards. A lover of the mountains that reminded him of home, he and his brother Carl built a stone cabin from the hillside near Diamond Point, AZ, that their families shared for many years.

He has been involved with his church since boyhood most recently Christ Community UMC, Avondale, and in Show Low, White Mountain UMC, where he was asked to be a lay preacher.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 68 years, Beulah Bea VanHise Reynolds; children, Amy, Stephen, and Patricia Schuler (Roy); grandsons, Brandon and Ryan Schuler; little sister, Ruby Csuy (Paul); many nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by brothers Carl and Conda, and sister Ruth Kinsky.

Memorial service will take place February 23, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. at Thompson’s Funeral Chapel, Goodyear, AZ, and will also be live-streamed for family and friends that have been provided with a link.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Mary’s Food Bank or the Humane Society.

27 Comments on “Louis “Lou” Clyde Reynolds

  1. What a sweet gentle man who lived life to the fullest. It was a pleasure to have both him at Bea at our home during visits to Illinois. He could also tell a good joke and was always learning more about the world and you could have great conversations with him anytime. Louie will be missed by us all. Bea was a lucky woman but so was he to have her.

  2. We shared a kinship as Brothers of the Phin. Lou was always there to lend a helping hand at Sub Vet Meetings and at our church activities.
    Lou and Bea always made the day better when I was able to meet with them. Rest your Oars Shipmate, We have the watch.

  3. Sailor, rest your oar. We have the watch. Smooth seas and a following wind!

    Arizona Submarine Veterans – Perch Base.
    Warner Howard Doyle, Jr
    Base Commander

  4. Bea,
    You have my heart and prayers. I am going to do my best to attend the service for Lou. Such a beautiful and gentle soul.
    Barbara, Jenn & Shawn Olson

  5. What a privilege it was to be in Lou and Bea’s sphere of influence! Love and prayers to you, Bea, during your recovery from COVID and going on without Lou. I learned a lot reading the obituary, which does not surprise me since Lou, as I knew him, always focused on the here and now. He was always willing to pitch in – including bringing us some peaches one of your neighbors couldn’t use. Both of your lives have demonstrated how to “walk the talk” with grace and mercy. I am so grateful that Rosemary left a message on the Overgaard UMC’s phone.

  6. My prayers are with Lou’s family. Lou was always very kind to me in and out of the work place. Lou was not just my Father’s boss but also his friend.
    Michael Currie, my Father was Howard Currie.

  7. It has been a rare privilege to get to know Lou and Bea these past few years since they joined us at Christ Community UMC.

    Bea, we will always think of you when Don plays the Mountain Dulcimer — it is good to know of others that appreciate that rather primative instrument. You have been a very positive addition to the CCUMC family. Lou will be missed.

  8. Sailor, rest your oar.
    It has been an honer to know you.

    Fellow Perch Base Member
    Arizona Submarine Veterans

  9. Aunt Bea, Amy, Steve, and Patti: What an incredible uncle I was blessed with. His kindness and gentle spirit was the ultimate example of what I would have to try to emulate to be a good man on this journey. Memories of the cabin in Payson, picnics at the R & G ranch, and all the wisdom imparted by my uncle at family reunions will always be a part of my being. In this time of loss Kathy and I will keep you in our thoughts and prayers. I hope you gain some comfort in the knowledge of how important Uncle Louie was to all of our families and we share in this worlds loss of a wonderful man. Love Greg & Kathy

  10. Bea and family,
    I always enjoyed being in a class here at the WMUMC in Show Low, AZ, with Lou. He had such a good, dry sense of humor and knowledge and always kind to share his wealth of information. You both were so missed when you left ‘the mountain’ and were a privilege to know and be around and learn from. God’s blessings to your hearts, lives and living with God’s loving and comforts to you. My love, heart and prayers go to up to our loving God for you all.

  11. Bea and family,
    I always enjoyed being in a class here at the WMUMC in Show Low, AZ, with Lou. He had such a good, dry sense of humor and knowledge and always kind to share his wealth of information. You both were so missed when you left ‘the mountain’ and were a privilege to know and be around and learn from. God’s blessings to your hearts, lives and living with God’s loving and comforts to you. My love, heart and prayers go to up to our loving God for you all.

  12. Knowing and loving Lou and Bea was our/my pleasure always. The hugs they each exchanged was an extension of the love toward others they had/have in their heart. I appreciated, and will forever be blessed, by their participation in our church activities especially the Messy Church event when he presented the program telling of his WW II service and involvement. I will remember the joy in just exchanging good conversation together with them. My heart is with you, Bea. Thanks for the memories!

  13. Bea, Amy, Patty, Steve
    I have just fond memories of us growing up together playing and on occasion getting into trouble.Payson at diamond point, R&G ranch, Deer Springs, hiking in the woods sitting around campfire listening to all the stories. Sitting at dining room table watching Mom,Dad, Aunt Bea and uncle Lou playing cards, laughter, listening to their stories.
    On a rare occasion dad letting take a sip of his beer, of course when mom was not looking. Uncle Lou will always be in my heart and prayers.
    Always with fond memories and love.
    Tom and Rosemary Reynolds

  14. I am so happy to have known Lou through his son Stephen. I enjoyed playing golf with him and always loved his positive attitude about everything. I am thankful that I got to see him just about a month ago and it was uplifting to me how happy he was. I know it was only a couple of times but I am grateful to have been lucky enough to have spent some time with him. I am certain God met him with his arms wide open.

  15. Our hearts and prayers will always be with you. We will miss Lou’s quiet personality.

  16. Summers in Pinetop at Grandpa Carl and Grandma Elaine’s will always be a time my sister Melissa and I think back on with warm loving memories. Those warm summer days were only made better with a visit from Uncle Lou and Aunt Bea whose kindness and love will always be cherished. Our hearts and prayers are with Aunt Bea and all of our family in our collective loss.

  17. I became friends with Lou through church and going to some Sub Vets meetings with him. As a WWII subvet he had a perspective that few have. Being an active participant of capturing a Japanese sub and trying to find the family to return a priceless war memento shows how Lou was always trying to do the right thing. His knowledge from Tennessee to Arizona was amazing. After he retired from running the add division of the Arizona Republic; he and Bea took on a big project in Show Low. He was always volunteering to help others. I feel blessed for knowing him and Bea. His family was so lucky to have his wisdom, leadership, and love.

  18. I so enjoyed my brief 32 years of time with this magnificent, loving man! From light-hearted to deep and spiritual talks….Lou quickly became one of my favorite people on the planet. Wishing I could have had one more talk and hug, but I know I will have my chance 🙏☀️ Love to the entire family!

  19. Dear LBRey, We sure miss seeing you both at church since we moved away! Both of You always showed such genuine kindness and took time
    to visit when we chanced to meet or at the Meet, Greet& Eat group meetings and Food Bank Saturdays. Since Lou was so tall, he always had to bend WAYWAY over to get to the bottom of the bins. I offered once to get him a chair,but he just grinned and let me know HE did not need a chair, but would be happy to get one for ME. Lou was such a fine gentleman, and always had a grin that made me want to smile too! He will be missed by many, including us!
    Our love,
    Janice & JOhn Curd

  20. Wonderful memories of Uncle Lou and Aunt Bea growing up, holidays and barbecues, playing with Amy, Steve and Patti, the R & G Ranch picnics, and our time together at the stone cabin Lou built with Uncle Carl. And in later years, spending time with him at the Reynolds reunions at Linda and Jerry’s, listening to his interesting life stories, the book he wanted to write, and mostly just enjoying his kind presence and smile. Lou was a genuine human being, someone who has always been in my heart, even if our life paths didn’t cross frequently. Having thoughtful, caring people in one’s life especially as a child is so important. Lou was one of those people for me. A life well-lived, my thoughts and prayers are with him and with all who love him.

  21. Bea and Family: Lou will be greatly missed. I too have been blessed to know him. My heart goes out to you all for having to let hubby/dad go! From the service today knowing that his sweet spirit will be hanging around, a thought away, until you meet again. Keeping you in my prayers….love ya! Micki

  22. Too many memories to put into so few words!! The sisters growing up with Uncle Louie & Aunt Ruby living with us after their mother passed. The memories would fill a book!! He was an amazing man and will be missed so much. Sending love, hugs and prayers to all.

  23. As a sort of sixth wheel on the Reynolds’ five-member family “Suburban,” their Weldon Avenue, mid-century modern home provided me with the groundedness and good humor not always present in my own two doors down. As previously mentioned by others, the Reynolds’ rustic family cabin in Payson–where as Amy’s BFF I had the honor of being a frequent guest–was always a treat to visit with its wood-burning stove, Depression glass dishes, beds (and a few mice) in the attic, and meals around the dinner table with what seemed to me exotic sides of “wilted lettuce” and okra. To a child, “Mr. Reynolds” was a quiet, gentle man, who would surprise you every now and then with his quick wit and dry humor. I realize as an adult he and Bea were the creators and moral centers of this Rockwellian family life which has had such a profound influence on my own world outlook. I am forever thankful to them both for taking me along for the ride and sharing their world with me. Love forever! “Stephie”

  24. Deepest sympathy in the loss of Lou. We have so many fond memories of him and the Reynolds family. It was such a blessing to see him and all of you recently. It was so good to get together and catch up on old times. We will always fondly remember Lou as a dear and loving friend to our family. We love you.

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