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Allen Wilbur Reynolds

Allen Wilbur Reynolds[1, 2, 3, 4]

Male 1925 - 1987  (62 years)

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  • Name Allen Wilbur Reynolds 
    Born 13 Feb 1925  Callands, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 21 Oct 1987  Grady, Pittsylvania Co., Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried County Line Christian Church Cemetery, Axton, Henry Co., VA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I7588  My Reynolds Line | Descendants Hugh Pittsylvania Reynolds, Descendants of James Reynolds
    Last Modified 8 Apr 2023 

    Father Charlie Wade "Challie" Reynolds,   b. 16 Apr 1888, Callands, Pittsylvania, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Aug 1958, Danville Memorial Hospital, Danville, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years) 
    Mother Annie Eliza Slaydon,   b. 16 Jan 1891, Sandy River, Pittsylvania, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 May 1984, Danville Memorial Hospital, Danville, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 93 years) 
    Married 19 Dec 1914  Henry Hotel, Martinsville, Virginia U.S.A. Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Facebook Donna Hundley Martin
      Donna Hundley Martin
      January 16, 2015 Atlanta, GA

      Today would have been my Grandma Reynolds' birthday. I have so many fond memories of her. Annie Eliza Slaydon Reynolds was one of the kindest women that I have ever known. When she was around 12 (maybe younger), her mother passed away and she quit school to stay at home to take care of the kids and the house. When her father remarried, her step-mother encouraged her to go back to school. Not sure how many more years of schooling she got. Her home was always open to us. I am sure that we probably drove her a little bit crazy because there were kids everywhere, all the time. I do not remember her ever raising her voice to any of us. Teresa probably could answer that question better since she lived with her. Grandma Reynolds had 9 children. She lost her second-born, Basil in World War II. I often think about what she and Grandpa must have felt like when they got the telegram that their oldest son was dead.

      To know Grandma was to love Grandma. Let's go down memory road: Sandra Reynolds Steve Bonnie Hundley Basil Hundley Andy Hundley Anita Amos Lori Irby Tonya Reynolds Myers Heather Turlington Moses Carl Turlington Jenifer Reynolds (Joey) Tony Coward Spencer Bullington Nancy Hundley Anna Rigney

      Deidre Reynolds Stone The Slaydon's. Grandma spelled it with a "d". Some others spell it with a "t". Uncle Kenneth for one. Cole's middle name is Slaydon and I labored over how to spell it. After talking to Mama (Sandra) and Nancy it was spelled with a "d". Now he tells me he wishes that was his first name. He loves it.

      Sandra Reynolds
      Sandra Reynolds Mother was the best person I have ever known. She always said, "If you can't say something good about someone , don't say anything at all. She followed this rule herself. I was her foot person, I took care of her feet for years and was happy to do it, she appreciated it so much. Glad to do a little something for her after all she did for me. I can remember her reading books to me when I was a little girl, guess that's where I got my love of reading. She never raised her voice to anyone, always so meek, still think of her every day. Wish I had kept all the wonderful informative letters that she wrote me while I lived in Newport News and NY. She wrote to me just about every week. Loved those letters. She told me about Teresa climbing the tree in the front yard in Feb., with only her panties on. It was sleeting out and she wouldn't come down. Mother though it was so funny. Will stop but I could write a book about our sweet grandma Annie.
    Family ID F2623  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Living 
    Children 
     1. Living
     2. Living
     3. Living
     4. Living
    Last Modified 14 Feb 2014 
    Family ID F3152  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    James Samuel Reynolds Home
    James Samuel Reynolds Home
    "The picture of the cabin that Allen Wilbur Reynolds
    painted was the home of James Samuel (Jim) Reynolds. His
    son John Henry lived there until all but one of his
    children was born. Edwin and Nannie K. Reynolds lived
    there for about 2 yearsen they first married. So my
    granddaddy, Charlie Wade Reynolds, son of John Henry and
    Wesley H. Reynolds (My husband) were born in the same log
    cabin." Sandra Reynolds: memex10@peoplepc.com
    Wilbur Reynolds Still Life
    Wilbur Reynolds Still Life
    Wilbur Reynolds Still Life
    Wilbur Reynolds Still Life
    Courtesy Sandra June Reynolds
    Painting  Old County Line Church just before the first brick building was built.  The left side of that building was moved next door and attached to that house.  The remainder of the building was destroyed.  That was in 1960-61.  Painting by Allen Wilbur Reynolds
    Painting Old County Line Church just before the first brick building was built. The left side of that building was moved next door and attached to that house. The remainder of the building was destroyed. That was in 1960-61. Painting by Allen Wilbur Reynolds
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    Painting by Wilbur Reynolds
    Painting by Wilbur Reynolds
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    Painting by Allen Wilbur Reynolds
    Painting by Allen Wilbur Reynolds
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    Tree Painting by Wilbur Reynolds
    Tree Painting by Wilbur Reynolds
    Painting Tree Wilbur.jpg
    Photo, Wilbur Reynolds' Sisters
    Photo, Wilbur Reynolds' Sisters
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    Wilbur Reynolds Family
    Wilbur Reynolds Family
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    Allen Wilbur Reynolds
    Allen Wilbur Reynolds
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    Harold Edwin Wells and Allen Wilbur Reynolds; taken at Charlie Reynolds Store.
    Harold Edwin Wells and Allen Wilbur Reynolds; taken at Charlie Reynolds Store.
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    Wilbur Reynolds and Pauline Merricks
    Wilbur Reynolds and Pauline Merricks
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    Perry Coward and Wilbur Reynolds and Hassell Kendrick @ Grady Store
    Perry Coward and Wilbur Reynolds and Hassell Kendrick @ Grady Store
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    Painting by Wilbur Reynolds
    Painting by Wilbur Reynolds
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    Painting by Wilbur Reynolds - Self Portrait
    Painting by Wilbur Reynolds - Self Portrait
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    Painting by Wilbur Reynolds
    Painting by Wilbur Reynolds
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    Painting of Mable Merricks Cabin, by Wilbur Reynolds
    Painting of Mable Merricks Cabin, by Wilbur Reynolds
    MableMerricksCabin-on57.jpg
    Clown Picture of Wilbur Reynolds
    Clown Picture of Wilbur Reynolds
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    Wilbur Reynolds
    Wilbur Reynolds
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    Painting of Gregory Home by Wilbur Reynolds
    Painting of Gregory Home by Wilbur Reynolds
    PaintingGregoryHomebyWilbur.jpg
    Pittsylvania County Pre 1949 Dr. Richardson's Home and Office Painting by Wilbur Reynolds
    Pittsylvania County Pre 1949 Dr. Richardson's Home and Office Painting by Wilbur Reynolds
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    Pittsylvania Co., Virginia - Dr. Richardson's Home and Office - Pre 1949 Painting by Wilbur Reynolds
    Pittsylvania Co., Virginia - Dr. Richardson's Home and Office - Pre 1949 Painting by Wilbur Reynolds
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    Allen Wilbur Reynolds with Daughter Theresa & son Joey
    Allen Wilbur Reynolds with Daughter Theresa & son Joey
    WilburReynoldsTeresa.jpg
    Painting by Allen Wilbur Reynolds
    Painting by Allen Wilbur Reynolds
    NedSlaydonHome.jpg
    Caricature Alen Wilbur Reynolds
    Caricature Alen Wilbur Reynolds
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    Frances and Wilbur Reynolds
    Frances and Wilbur Reynolds
    Frances&WilburReynolds.jpg
    Painting of the Gregory Home by Wilbur Reynolds
    Painting of the Gregory Home by Wilbur Reynolds
    Gregory Homestead by Wilbur.jpg
    Painting by Wilbur Reynolds of the Hundley Home
    Painting by Wilbur Reynolds of the Hundley Home
    The HundleyPlacebyWR.jpg
    Callands School Where Wilbur Reynolds attended
    Callands School Where Wilbur Reynolds attended
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    Wilbur Reynolds' Painting of the Rear of Grady's Store
    Wilbur Reynolds' Painting of the Rear of Grady's Store
    WilbursBackof GradyStore.jpg
    County Line Christian Church in the 50's; Painting by Wilbur Reynolds
    County Line Christian Church in the 50's; Painting by Wilbur Reynolds
    CountyLine in the 50'sby Wilbur.jpg
    Wilbur Reynolds and Children
    Wilbur Reynolds and Children
    Wilbur&2eldestTeresa.jpg
    Wilbur Reynolds 'Milkman'
    Wilbur Reynolds 'Milkman'
    WilburReynoldsMilkman.jpg
    Barn Painting by Wilbur Reynolds
    Barn Painting by Wilbur Reynolds
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    Allen Wilbur Reynolds Family
    Allen Wilbur Reynolds Family
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    Painting by Wilbur Reynolds
Birthplace of Sandra June Reynolds
    Painting by Wilbur Reynolds Birthplace of Sandra June Reynolds
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    Allen Wilbur Reynolds
    Allen Wilbur Reynolds
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    Painting by Wilbur Reynolds
    Painting by Wilbur Reynolds
    PaintingbyWilburReynolds.jpg
    Silas Garrett Farm
Painting by Wilbur Reynolds
    Silas Garrett Farm Painting by Wilbur Reynolds
    WilburSilasCarrettFarm.jpg
    GARRETT HOME by Wilbur Reynolds
    GARRETT HOME by Wilbur Reynolds
    HomeofGarrettsbyWilbur.jpg
    Garrett Home
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    Garrett Home by WilburReynolds
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    Wilbur Reynolds Painting 
Joe Riddle Farm
    Wilbur Reynolds Painting Joe Riddle Farm
    WilbursJoeRiddleFarm.jpg
    Still Life
By Wilbur Reynolds
    Still Life By Wilbur Reynolds
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    Album Cover
Wilbur Reynolds
    Album Cover Wilbur Reynolds
    AlbumCoverWilburReynolds.jpg

    Documents
    Death Record-Allen Wilbur Reynolds
    Death Record-Allen Wilbur Reynolds
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    Headstones
    Headstone Allen Wilbur Reynolds
    Headstone Allen Wilbur Reynolds
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    Recordings
    Whiskey is The Devil
    Whiskey is The Devil
    From "Down Memory Lane"
    Allen Wilbur Reynolds & George Wells
    Talking to Mother
    Talking to Mother
    From "Down Memory Lane"
    Allen Wilbur Reynolds & George Wells
    The song "Talking to Mother," dealing with a hypothetical phone call to mother in Heaven, has these beautiful words, "It seems that I can hear her glad hello." This song is dedicated to the memory of my own dear mother, Mrs. Effie K. Wells, whom God called home on June 23, 1989.
    - George Wells
    Till We Meet Someday Upon That Golden Shore
    Till We Meet Someday Upon That Golden Shore
    From "Down Memory Lane"
    Allen Wilbur Reynolds & George Wells
    The song, "Till We Meet Again Upon That Golden Shore" is dedicated to the memory of my dear wife, Doris Y. Wells as she, too, was called to be with the Lord on February 26, 1987.
    -George Wells

  • Notes 
    • I wrote a poem called, Precious Memories about Wilbur.
      Here it is

      His leaving has left an empty spot within my heart
      where no one can ever take his place
      but thank God for the precious memories
      and a mind that can conjure up his face.

      He filled many shoes for me as I was growing up.
      That of an uncle, a close friend,
      a dear brother, and so many times a loving father.
      To friends his ear, he was always willing to lend.

      He saw beauty where others saw none,
      His talent as an artist was well known,
      He heard music when some heard nothing,
      He was misunderstood and sometimes walked alone.

      He would listen to every ones problems
      and not a criticism would he offer
      but let you talk your way through them
      until the problems seemed softer.

      The children remember him for all the silly times
      he made them laugh, these memories we can never rob
      for he loved to tease dogs and children and ask,
      "Do you think the rain will hurt the rhubarb?"

      He loved and cared for so many of us
      with his gentleness of a butterfly.
      As long as we have these precious memories,
      the Wilbur we knew will never die.
      Sandra June Reynolds E-mail (2011)

      I thought of the story I told you about Allen Wilbur
      Reynolds, my uncle the painter. You took a picture of the
      painting in Bassett. It's the one that has a boy sitting
      on a horse. This was at Dr. Richardson's office in Mt.
      Valley, VA. They was Wilbur. He was running in the hall
      at school (Callands school) bare-foot and got a huge
      splinter in his foot. When he got home his brother, Basil
      I. Reynolds (was killed in WWII) took him to the Dr.
      leading him on horseback. The heavy man was the Dr. I
      meant to take you up to see the Dr's place. It was
      restored by Max Kendall and sold to the present owner who
      lives there. It's only a mile above CLCC. Wilbur was an
      interesting fellow, very handsome and very talented. He
      taught himself to paint and also to play the mandolin. He
      was very good at both. He had a crazy since of humor and
      his best friend from childhood, Clifton Aaron was just as
      crazy. Clift lived in Roanoke and only visited Callands in
      the summer as a child. He came to stay with his Aunt
      Tabbie Aaron Coward but usually stayed with our family.
      The two of them learned to play musical instruments from
      mail order instructions. They build a small cabin with a
      fireplace and slept there and cooked over the fireplace
      when they were kids. They visited each other a couple of
      times a year after they married and always sat around
      playing the guitar and mandolin. They mailed an old dirty
      sock back and forth to each other for years on Christmas
      and birthdays. They were like two crazy kids all their
      lives. They both died young. Wilbur was only 62 and Clift
      was younger that that. Wilbur also build an airplane. Of
      course it wouldn't fly but it was quite the conversation
      piece, since it was covered in canvas and he had it hanging
      in a tree. One person could sit in it. He loved to tease
      children by pretending he had a baby chick in his hands and
      a lot of other crazy things. A very good friend of his,
      George Wells, who played the guitar with him had a
      recording made into an album in memory of Wilbur. They had
      taped themselves often and the tape has children talking in
      the background but it is a great keepsake in memory of
      Wilbur.
      E-mail from Sandra June Reynolds (2011)

      Wilbur Reynolds was a painter. His paintings can be seen
      at the Bassett Historical Society in Bassett, Virginia.


      !NAME:Mary Frances Reynolds Eggleston, Eggleston, Mary
      Frances Reynolds
    • Caricature of Allen Wilbur Reynolds done by Fred Carlson from Roanoke; Wilbur was a magnificent mandolin player; self-taught

  • Sources 
    1. [S32] Find-A-Grave.com, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=Reynolds&GSiman=1&GScid=2271682&GRid=50356813&.
      Allen Wilbur Reynolds
      Birth: Feb. 13, 1925
      Death: Oct. 21, 1986
      Spouse:
      Frances Marie Durham Reynolds (1936 - 2013)
      Burial:
      County Line Christian Church Cemetery, Axton, Henry Co., VA

    2. [S38] Headstone, A. Wilbur Reynolds.

    3. [S141] Sandra June Reynolds.
      Sandra Reynolds Wilbur painted this picture from a memory. He was running down the hall of Callands School, barefoot of course when he got a large splinter in his foot. He went home on the bus because there wasn't a way to let parents know from school, no phones of any kind, and even if they had found out, no way to pick him up, no cars. When he got home, his older brother, Basil saddled up the old horse and led him a few miles up the road to Dr Richardson's home-office where the splinter was removed while Wilbur say on the horse. TRUE STORY.

    4. [S150] Photograph, Samdra Reynolds.
      Sandra Reynolds
      November 21, 2012 ·

      Wilbur Reynolds and his two oldest children... Joey and Teresa. Taken in the early 1960s. ? with Basil Hundley, Brent Reynolds, Nancy Hundley, Donna Hundley Martin, Eliza Johnston, Deidre Reynolds Terry, Tonya Reynolds Myers, Teresa Reynolds Turner and Leah Irby.
      Taken in the early 1960's.
      Last of my uncle?s. Allen Wilbur Reynolds was n vet in the military, not because he didn?t want to though. He wanted to follow his brothers but because of health problems he didn?t pass the physical. It broke his heart. But he was the talented one. He as a truly great artist with paint as well as a mandolin. Here he is with his sister Stella and his niece Sandra, the short one!!!