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James Blane J.B. Reynolds, 82

Mr. James Blane “J.B.” Reynolds, 82, of McMinnville passed away peacefully Monday, July 2, in Yuma, Ariz. 

He was born Nov. 20, 1935, in Pickett County.  A retired superintendent of the Warren County Sanitation Department and member of Northside Baptist Church, he enjoyed gardening, woodcutting, squirrel hunting and turkey hunting, fishing the rivers of Warren County, and was an avid motorcyclist, for decades, traveling to every corner of the U.S., as well as into Mexico and Canada, with his motorcycle buddies. Affectionately known as “Papa,” by many, he delighted in spending time with his ever-growing family, while sharing with them his knowledge and love of the outdoors.

Mr. Reynolds was preceded in death by his parents, Johnny Edgar and Lora Jane Winningham Reynolds, wife of almost 60 years, Melba Bonita Reynolds, brothers Hesper A. Reynolds, Waldo E. Reynolds, F. Cordell Reynolds, and Clifford D. Reynolds, and sisters Anna E. Gunnels and Johnnie Lorraine Hurn. 

Survivors include his children James Micheal Reynolds (Janice), Kathy Marie Walker (Brady), both of McMinnville, grandchildren Kimberly Haynes (Bart) of Yuma, Ariz., Sha Wanamaker (Chris) of McMinnville, Jason Walker (Sommer) of Manchester, Ericka Todd (Jamie) of Roebuck, S.C., Blaka Reynolds (Nikki) of McMinnville, and Brett Burks (Todd) of Murfreesboro, 17 great-grandchildren, and one great-great granddaughter, brothers Gilbert Hyle Reynolds of East Peoria, IL, Charles Reynolds, Rodney Reynolds, and Ronnie Reynolds, all of McMinnville. Many nieces, nephews, and friends also survive.

Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Sunday, July 8, at Northside Baptist Church. Bro. Michael Carr will officiate. Interment will follow at Shellsford Cemetery. The family will receive friends, Saturday, July 7, from 1 to 8 p.m., and again Sunday, July 8, from 11 a.m. to 1:30.p.m., at the parlors of McMinnville Funeral Home. Online condolences may be made at

McMinnville Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements, 473-6606.

Southern Standard
(McMinnville, Tenn.) July 6, 2018