Donald Franklin Reynolds Sr.
HIGHLANDS - Donald Franklin Reynolds Sr., 78, of Highlands and Bradenton, Florida, passed away unexpectedly on Jan. 26, 2019 in Bradenton.
A celebration of life service will be held at Christ Anglican Church in Cashiers on a future date to be announced. Father Jim Murphy of Christ Anglican Church will be officiating. Burial will be at Highlands Memorial Park.
Donald was born in Wadesboro, North Carolina on Sept. 19, 1940. He was a graduate of Wadesboro High School and attended Appalachian State University.
Business and family life took him from the beautiful coastal town of Southport to the majestic mountains of Highlands. He always had an infectious love of life which carried him a long way and uplifted so many others as well.
“Buck” was married 58 years to his sweetheart, Virginia Oneta Bell of Lincolnton on June 25, 1960.
Also known as “Dandy Don,” he was a serial entrepreneur, founding and operating a building supply store, motel and restaurant. As a NC licensed general contractor, he developed residential and commercial property, served as superintendent of construction at Kanuga Conference Center and owned Brunswick Paint Centers. He was actively involved and served on the Board of Brunswick County Homebuillders Association. He joyfully served his church on the vestry as junior warden. He was an avid pet lover, woodworker, craftsman, music lover, sports enthusiast and most of all, he loved traveling around the USA.
“Poppy” (as he was lovingly named by his daughter-in-law), is survived by his wife, Oneta Bell Reynolds, their beloved son, Donald F. Reynolds Jr. and his wife Denise; sisters, Margaret Reynolds Riggins and Frances Reynolds Hawk; loving niece and nephews; many cousins and friends; and his beloved church family.
He is preceded in death by his dear parents, the Rev. Eddie Franklin Reynolds and Mildred McCrae Reynolds.
Memorials may be made to Christ Anglican Church, PO Box 2461, Cashiers, NC 28717. The family of Donald Franklin Reynolds Sr. wishes to thank the Manatee County EMS, doctors, nurses and the entire staff at Lakewood Ranch Medical Center for the excellent care and compassion provided to us during this most difficult time.