Reynolds

Robert Louis Reynolds

November 23, 1930 - November 13, 2020

Robert Louis Reynolds, 89, of Prosper, Texas, died peacefully in his home on November 13, 2020. He was born on November 23, 1930, in his grandparent’s home in Allen, Texas, to William Franklin Reynolds and Ruby Ann (Bolin) Reynolds. He was the oldest of three children.

Raised in Lebanon and Frisco, he graduated from Frisco High School in 1949, along with his high school sweetheart Peggy Joy (Cobb) Reynolds. They married on December 3rd of that same year and moved to Prosper to begin their 54-year marriage and a life of farming, a way of life taught to him by his father and his grandfather before him. They first set up housekeeping in a home on a 300-acre farm that was purchased by his father in 1945, located in the area of Fishtrap Road and the Denton/Collin County line.

In 1956, when their son Robbie was two, they moved to the Smith Place farm in the Parvin community, owned by Clarence and Leo Smith, who were the first people to rent land to Robert to extend his farming operation. They lived there until they built a home in town in 1963, where they welcomed their daughter Shana in 1964.  About that time Robert was first elected to the Prosper ISD School Board, serving 15 consecutive years and then serving three more years to fulfill unexpired terms of other members. He served as president for several years. Reynolds Middle School in Prosper was named and dedicated to the service of Robert and Robbie in 2010. Robbie also served on the Prosper ISD School Board for 18 years, six of those as president.

Robert was a longtime member of the First Baptist Church of Prosper. He also served on the Collin County Farm Bureau Board of Directors, the Prosper Co-op Gin Board of Directors, and was a past member of the Prosper Volunteer Fire Department.

Farming was not always enough to make a living in the early years, so Robert also worked at LTV among other places, as did several farmers in Prosper during the winter months. He was no stranger to hard work and has told many stories, including how he would work alongside the adults in the field at the age of seven, earning $1 for a full day’s work picking cotton. Playing football in high school was important enough to him that he would walk the five miles home after practice and then do his chores as was expected.

Education was also important to Robert and both his children graduated from Prosper High School and Texas A&M University. Upon graduation from college in 1977, Robbie and his wife Sharon returned to Prosper and joined the family farming operation. They farmed land in Prosper and the surrounding area, raising primarily cotton, wheat, grain sorghum, and corn. Robert “retired” in 1995, but continued to work with Robbie in farming and ranching until Robbie’s death in 2018. Robert was never happier than when he was on a tractor. As he grew older, watching and helping with the cattle continued to bring him joy as did being able to throw out a line occasionally to catch a few fish at the ranch in Oklahoma. He instilled in his family the importance of hard work, a job well done, honoring your word and the Lord we serve. His strength and stubborn nature allowed him to live a long life despite the physical ailments he faced. “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.”

Robert is survived by his daughter Shana Kay Wortham and son-in-law Reavis Wortham of Prosper, Texas; his daughter-in-law Sharon Reynolds of Prosper, Texas; his granddaughters Tamra Kay Reynolds of Denver, Colorado, Megan Joy Reynolds and her husband Collin of Aubrey, Texas, and Chelsea Wortham Hamilton and her husband Jason of McKinney, Texas.  He is also survived by his five great grandchildren, along with numerous nieces and nephews, cousins, family members and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents W.F. and Ruby Reynolds, his wife Peggy Reynolds, his son Robbie Ray Reynolds, his sister Ruby Mae Nichols, and his brother Willie Ray Reynolds.

A funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m., Friday, November 20, 2020 at Baptist Church Prosper, 601 S. Church Street, Prosper, Texas, 75078.  Interment is to follow at Ridgeview Memorial Park, 2525 Central Expressway North, Allen, Texas 75013. 

Family and friends are invited to Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Funeral Home, 2525 Central Expressway North, Allen, Texas 75013 at their convenience on Thursday, November 19, 2020 from 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. to pay their respects and to sign the register book.  Only a limited number of guests will be allowed to enter the funeral home facility at any one time to maintain social distancing.

 

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Robert was a wonderful man, salt of the earth. Condolences to all the family. Paul McKay, November 22, 2020 Mr. Reynolds was such a blessing to our community. He will be truly missed. Jim and Pat Spaeth, November 20, 2020 I have known Robert and his family all my life here in Prosper. We farmed in the same area for many years. One summer as a kid my parent, Robert & Peggy and Elmo & Leto Chesney and I went on vacation together to South Dakota. Lots of farm talk as you can imagine. It was a fun trip as I remember back. We all attended and served in the same church for many years. He will be missed by the community and all those who knew him. Praying for the family as time goes on. Scott & Dana Bailey, November 19, 2020 Love y’all Dianne Johnson, November 19, 2020 Robert's life was well-lived. Many years ago I met him when attending a family get-together. His nephew is married to my sister. He was such a pleasant man to be around, and it was obvious he was always loved by his family. His wife was a lovely lady, and he was devoted to her and their children. I didn't see him for quite a number of years, but then I was privileged to visit with him a few years ago. It seemed he had just not changed any through the years. He was a true gentleman. I know his family will have wonderful memories to carry with them always. God bless you. Carol and Tommie Lowry Carol Lowry, November 19, 2020 We all came to know Mr. Robert by way of joining First Baptist Church Prosper. He, along with the other men would gather for coffee in the fellowship hall on Sunday mornings. He always had a smile on his face! He was a kind, caring man with a strong belief in God and family. He leaves a great legacy in our community and will be greatly missed by many, but never forgotten! Our prayers are with the Reynolds family. David and Christi Stermer, along with Jack and Barb Stermer , November 19, 2020 The Reynolds family will always have a special place in my heart. Robert was on the board at Collin County Farm Bureau when I was hired as a secretary. I attended church with him at FBC Prosper. He was at the old church when I was baptized. Robbie was a great friend throughout High School and later on. We had many great memories of Robert. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Robert will be missed but he is fortunate to be with the Lord and with Peggy and Robbie. KATHY BLEDSOE, November 16, 2020 Tamra, my most comforting wishes for you and your family. Lee Earhart, November 16, 2020 To all of the family. We thought so much of Robert, Peggy and their family. Sending sympathy and love to each of you.
Jan & William Rushing, November 15, 2020 A great man whose loss will be felt for a very long time. I was fortunate to know him and serve him as his physician. When someone you love becomes a memory, that memory becomes a treasure. May we all treasure Mr. Reynold's memories. Rest In peace forever, Mr. Reynolds. My deepest condolences to his family. Dr. Salman Malik
Salman Malik , November 15, 2020 My thoughts and prayers are with all of you! Robert was a great man and will be missed! May all of you find peace and comfort in the days ahead! Amy (Field) Ringo
Amy Ringo, November 15, 2020