Mr. Reynolds quietly abandoned his battle with congestive heart failure and left his pain and earthly cares behind on April 6, 2013.
Born Oct. 10, 1921, in Carnesville, he was the first child and only son of Charles and Nancy Reynolds. He had two younger sisters, the late Mary Helen (Moss), and Doris (Chapman), who resides in Dalton with her husband, Harlan.
He was called Howard by family and friends as he was growing up, and only became known as James (Jim) when he joined the Navy during World War II. He met and fell in love with Ellen Langill while stationed in California. They were married Dec. 15, 1945, and together raised four children – David, Kathleen, Mary Ellen and Kenneth. Sadly, Ellen died in December 1985, just six days short of their 40th anniversary. Jim never remarried.
He had a long career in aerospace, after which he went to work at MGM studios as a projectionist. He had learned the craft as a teenager at the Dixie Theater in Cornelia, and long dreamed of returning to it. In 2000, Jim sold the family home in Reseda and moved to Leisure World in Seal Beach, Calif. He enjoyed his years there, always making himself available to his many friends. Due to failing health, he moved to The Veterans’ Home of California in Ventura in April 2011. He lived there contented and happy for the last two years of his life.
His family nearby visited regularly and is so grateful for the care he received there. The family would like to express a special thank you to Dr. Schwartz and the nursing staff at the California Veterans’ Home, Ventura, and to the team from Assisted Home Hospice for their loving care. A special thanks also to Chaplain Dan Smith for his spiritual guidance and friendship.
Jim is survived by his four children and their families and by his sister, Doris, and her family. He has seven grandchildren and a great-grandson.
Arrangements are under the direction of Griffin Family Funeral Chapels, Camarillo, Calif.
The Northeast Georgian
April 17, 2013